Welcome to our June Business Tip: Time Management!
A popular self-help book, focused on improving time management skills, Eat That Frog, explains the importance of getting your biggest, most important tasks done early in the day. Brian Tracy uses the analogy of eating a frog to help readers understand the logic behind prioritizing ones tasks. Brian explains that, if you eat a live frog first thing in the morning, you can go throughout your day with the satisfaction of knowing that eating that frog is probably the worst thing that will happen to you all day long.
The “frog” in the above analogy is your most important task that you must get done. Alternatively, this could be the one task that you are dreading and procrastinating on doing. Instead of postponing these dreadful tasks, you can complete the task, get it out of the way and know that you have made a positive impact on your day.
This can be considered a personal challenge to anyone who procrastinates and puts off tasks till the end of the day. Improving this skill won’t come easily, but through repetition and daily practice you can lock this into your subconscious mind and make this learned behavior second nature to you.
This will help you achieve higher levels of productivity and performance, and these benefits will be lifelong skills you have attained, allowing you to live a more organized and less stressful life. In fact, you will get an endorphin rush after successfully completing your tasks, which will in turn help you feel more positive, personable, creative and confident. These mood boosters will then help you continue down the path of increased productivity.
To begin getting into this habit, think of the three D’s of habit formation. These “D’s” are Decision, Discipline and Determination. We must first decide to improve our time management skills by making a conscious effort to complete our tasks – this is the first “D”; decision. We then must have the discipline needed to practice these skills every day. As we become more disciplined, we will need to work on our determination. In order to make this a permanent part of your lifestyle, you will need determination to bring these habits into life.
Remember, your brain is a muscle – and like other muscles in your body, it can learn to perform a daily set of tasks or ritual. This is the process of positive habit formation. With the three D’s behind you, you can learn to eat that frog and improve your time management skills.
Thom Torode is an Executive & Business Coach based in New Jersey. He has owned multiple different types of businesses and is currently the Managing Director for Sunrise Business Advisors. Additionally Thom is a Director Consultant in the middle NJ region of BNI. When not helping business owners and their teams create the business and lives they want and need, he can be found following his kids activities.
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