Procrastination Redux

What a boring blog, writing about procrastination.  Again.  Au contraire, this is the conclusion to my Eat That Frog! post.  Despite my procrastination tendencies, I actually finished the book.

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.

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  1. I can be a procrastinator and loved this post! So much I had to add it to my A.D.'s FAV 5 of the AtoZChallenge. http://adduling.wordpress.com/

    Have a wonderful day!

    1. Many thanks for the shoutout on your blog.

  2. Nifty tips and congratulations for finishing that book :)

  3. Sorry if this goes through twice... didn't look like my comment posted.

    Fellow challenger stopping by. Procrastination is middle name, so I could definitely use some of these tips. Thanks for sharing them :)

    1. Now that's a coincidence. Procrastination is my middle name too.

  4. Excellent tips. I work from home so I find it very easy to procrastinate. I always can find something that needs doing around the house rather than work. Some of the tips you listed can definitely help.

    Great posts,
    Michelle :)

    1. So glad you found it helpful. I admire people who can focus on whatever it is they're doing at the time, I find it was to easy to get distracted.

  5. Useful tips for everyone. Procrastination is my enemy numero uno. Thanks for this post, and thanks for your visit.

  6. It sounds like a good book. Thanks for the review for those of us who may never get around to actually reading it. Dropping in from A to Z, it's nice to meet you.