28 March 2016
How can you be more productive?
Well, the answer sits on a lilypad!
Imagine if eating a frog was the first task you had to do every single day? This is the concept of a book that I have been reading called ‘Eat That Frog!’.
It is focussed on cutting procrastination and is based around a quote from Mark Twain who said that if the first thing that you do every morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.
In the real world, that frog is your most time-consuming, most-valuable, hardest task of the day and the book explains the best techniques to get that job done first.
It’s a book that I have recommended to many people, both for business and personal lives.
Recognising when you are putting a job off is the first step to becoming more productive. I have wasted many an hour avoiding a task that doesn’t inspire me but is an essential job to be done. And what did I achieve doing that? Nothing, but a waste of my time!
It’s so important to take the time to learn these lessons from people who have been there. It would take a long time to list all of the biographies, books and podcasts I have absorbed during my almost 30 years in business. Learning from other people is essential for growth not only in business, but in our home lives too. Equally as important is sharing these lessons with your team mates, your family and friends.
So today, I am sharing my advice to eat a frog, perhaps not literally though!