Life Editor, Sage Grayson, recently recommended the book Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy. Its focus is on reducing the feeling of overwhelm, while improving time management strategies. I’ve always felt like I’m pretty au fait with time management but maybe that’s only when there’s enough time in the day to fit in every task… which has not been the case at my workplace for around the past year.
Four realistic lessons
In the spirit of living life with more ease, Mark Twain was quoted as saying:
“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”
So if you complete your least favourite task (your ‘live frog’) first thing – anything beyond that will be better than that first task. I have been working on implementing this at work for the last few months and I’ve noticed a real difference, and less horrible frogs lurking on my list all day or at the end of each week.
Some of my key takeaways from the book are:
1 Set a theme for the day – today is all about what? (e.g. productivity, ease, catching up, strategising)
2 Spend 15 minutes in the morning planning your day. Not ground-breaking I know, but it helps so much and focuses you to work on tasks that yield the most result. If I don't do this when I arrive at work, my day tends to spiral madly.
3 Rank your priorities – once you’ve made your to do list, rank the priorities. Are they A, B or C priorities? Or my personal favourite… – Ds! D = Delegate.
And my favourite lesson? I am spreading this through the land to anyone who will listen.
You will never be caught up on your to do list. What is the most valuable use of your time right now?
Once I accepted I'll never catch up on my to do list (both at work and in my personal life), it felt like a huge weight had been lifted. Let me know in the comments if this resonates with you.