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Eat that frog by Mind Map: Eat that frog
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Eat that frog

Handling Procrastination/Overwhelm

Slice and dice the task

Big, complex projects can overwhelm us and paralyze us to the point that we don't take action., Salami slice the project, Slice down the project into thinnest possible slices and start tackling one slice at a time, One you finish one slice and get momentum, you will want to do more, Swiss cheese the project, Just resolve to work for a specific period of time on the project. Even as little as 5 minutes, Like punching a hole into the task., Once u start working, you gain momentum and you feel propelled forward

Develop a compulsion to closure, We all have instinctual urge to complete something or what is also known as a compulsion to closure, When we complete a task we get an endorphin release into our brain, So in order to finish a piece of task you can break it down and finish off the small pieces of task, Finishing small tasks that add up to a bigger goal will help you get momentum

Identify project's key constraints

Identify the limiting factor, In virtually every project or task, large or small, a single factor sets the speed at which you achieve the goal or complete the job., Identify the key constraint and brainstorm ideas to overcome it., The accurate identification of the limiting factor in any process and the focus on that factor can bring Bout more progress on a shorter period than any other activity

80/20 applied to constraints, 80% of the factors holding you back are internal

One oil barrel at a time

By the yard it's hard but inch by inch anything is a cinch

Crossing the Sahara desert, Oil barrels every 5 km, All you needed to be able to see was the next oil barrel

Take it one step at a time, You can accomplish the biggest goal in your life by disciplining yourself to take just one step at a time, Your job is to go as far as you can see, Once you get there you will be able to see the next step, You must have the faith that as you begin taking action the next step will become clear to you

High performance

Prepare

But don't prepare so much that you wait for perfection, Get it 80% right and then correct it later, Don't expect perfection when you start doing something

Be prepared to fail over and over before you get it right

Put the pressure on yourself

Lead the field, Raise the bar for yourself

Create imaginary deadlines, Set deadlines and sub deadlines on every task And activity, Now race against your own clock. Beat your own deadlines and reward yourself for it,

Parkinson's Law, Work fills up to take the time allotted, Alott as little time as possible for the work and race against the clock

Single handle every task

Your Ability to select your most important task and then to begin it and then to concentrate on it single-mindedly until it is complete is crucial

Once you start keep going, The tendency to stop and start a pass to pick it up and put it down and then to come back again can decrease your efficiency tremendously, The more you discipline yourself to work nonstop on a single task The more you progress along the efficiency curve which means more and more high-quality work is done in lesser and lesser time, Every time you start working on the task you break the cycle you break momentum and you move back on the efficiency curve and every part of the task becomes more difficult and more time-consuming

Develop a sense of urgency

Trigger high-performance in yourself, A sense of urgency feels very much like racing against time, When you have a sense of urgency you develop a bias for action, A fast tempo goes hand-in-hand with all great success

Build up a sense of momentum, The momentum principle, Although it takes tremendous amount of energy to overcome inertia and get started initially it then takes far less energy to keep going

Do it now, Develop the habits and reputation for being the kind person who gets the most important things done quickly and well

Get out of technological time sinks

Treat technology as your slave, not master

Deliberately create zones of silence in your life where nothing can break through, Turn off all forms of communication when you want to focus deeply

Continuous contact is not essential

What's important and what's not

80/20 everything

Identify the 20%, Make a list of all the key goals activities projects tasks responsibilities in your life, Now figure out which of these have the highest leverage in your life and will bring you the greatest results

The 8020 rule, 20% of your activities will account for 80% of the results, 20% of your time will produce 80% of the results

Do the 20%, Work on the top 20% of the activities because they will bring you the greatest leverage and the greatest results in your life

Focus on key result areas

Identify the key result areas of your work, What specific results must you accomplish in order to know that you did an excellent job, List them all down, Grade them on scale of 1 to 10 on the level of importance, Now determine the one key skill that if you did in an excellent manner would help you the most in your work

Law of 3

Determine the three most important tasks that you do in your work, Ask yourself if you could do only one thing all day long which one thing what contribution the greatest value to your career or business or life, Now do this exercise two more times, Try to spend as much of your time as possible on these three things

Almost 90% of the value you contribute will be contained in these three tasks whatever they are

Creative procrastination

Priorities vs posteriorities, What is posteriority, Something that you do less of and maybe not at all, Rule, You can get your time and your life under control only to the degree to which to discontinue your lower value activities

Deliberately procrastinate on tasks that are of low value so that you have more time for tasks that can make a big difference in your life and work

Consider the consequences

Long-term thinking, Long-term thinking is one of the greatest predictors of wealth and success, Successful people are willing and able to delay gratification and make sacrifices in the short-term in order to enjoy far greater rewards in the long-term

Forced efficiency, There is never enough time to do everything you want to do but there's always enough time to do the most important things

Three questions for maximum productivity, What are my highest value activities, What can I and only I do that will make a real difference, What is the most valuable use of my time right now

Your best self

Upgrade your key skills

Pat Riley said, Anytime you stop striving to get better you're bound to get worse, Notice that he did not say that you are bound to stay where you are

Refuse to allow a weakness or a lack of ability in any area to hold you back, Everything is learnable, And what others have learned you can learn as well

Leverage your strengths

There are certain things that you can do that can make you extraordinarily valuable to the world, It's an intersection of the things that you're passionate about and you're good at and that comes easily to you

Do What you love to do, You are designed such that you will most enjoyed doing the very things that you can be the very best at, You should focus your best energies and abilities on completing those key tasks that your unique talents and abilities enable you to do well and that make a significant contribution, You Cannot do everything but you can do those few things in which you excel and those FEW things will make all the difference

Maximize your personal power

Manage and improve your physical, mental and emotional energies to get the best out of yourself

Motivate yourself into action

Control your inner dialogue

Develop a positive mental attitude

Planning

Goalsetting

1. Decide exactly what you want

2. Write it down

3. Set a deadline on your goal and set sub deadlines if necessary

4. Make a list of everything that you can think of that you're going to have to do that your goal

5. Organize the list into a plan

6. Take action on your plan immediately

7. Do something every single day that moves you toward your major goal

plan everyday in advance

The 10/90 rule, The first 10% of time that you spent planning and organizing your work before you begin will save you as much as 90% time in getting the job done once you get started, It only takes about 10 to 20 minutes to plan out your day but it will save you at least 2-3 hours everyday

You must plan your day week month and year in advance

ABCDE

Start with a list of everything that you have to do for the day

Now prioritize them as follows, A, Must do, You can prioritize them as A1 A2 A3, B, Should do, C, Nice to do, D, Delegate, E, Eliminate

Create large chunks of uninterrupted time

Most of the really important work we do requires large chunks of unbroken time when we can create high value

Schedule blocks of time, Plan your day in advance, Set-aside large blocks of uninterrupted time segments that you used to work on and complete the most important highest leverage highest value activities, Turn off all distractions during these blocks of time including phone email etc.

It is your job to think of ways to schedule and consolidate large chunks of time

Do the most important thing 1st