Brian Tracy, the author of Eat That Frog! gives us 21 techniques for overcoming procrastination, but because you may be a procrastinator too and never actually get around to reading it, let me share some of what I gleaned.
- Write down your goals.
- In the evening, plan for the next day and write down what you need to accomplish.
- Prioritize your tasks.
- Determine the three most important tasks and do those before any of the rest.
- Do the most difficult and most important task first.
- Stick with that task until it's completed before moving on to the next.
- Clean and organize your work environment and keep materials you need to do the job accessible.
- Make a list of all the steps needed to complete the job and do the first step now.
- Continually upgrade your skills and knowledge, don't let your lack of ability hold you back from achieving your goals.
- Identify what you do well (at your job) and put all of your energy into doing that thing the best you can.
- Identify what it is that holds you back and determine how to change it.
- Put pressure on yourself and set deadlines, make task completion a kind of game.
- Working long hours doesn't produce more results, productivity diminishes after eight or nine hours, so don't pull all-nighters.
- To stay motivated, keep a good mental attitude.
- Look for solutions rather than spending time complaining.
- Don't become a slave to technology. Turn off all of your electronics sometimes.
- Arrange your day so you have large chunks of uninterrupted time to complete tasks.
- After planning and prioritizing begin working quickly and try to avoid interruptions.
Tracy indicates this is a book that teaches you to overcome procrastination, but really, it is also a book about time management and improving your productivity at work.
Like any good advice, it only works if you use it. I have a lot of frogs in my life that I need to eat so it's time for me to put all of this information to work.