Have you ever noticed that some people seam to get a lot more done in a day than others? It almost seams as though they have a magical extra hour or two in their day. I always wondered how those people got so much more done. I also wondered how or if I could become one of those people. The answer was of course, yes! The first step to becoming one of those highly effective and productive people is to read Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy.
I have read Eat That Frog several times over now, and each time there is always something new that stand out to me. The book is broken down into 21 ways to quit procrastinating and get things accomplished, with each of the 21 techniques being a chapter. One of my favorite parts of the book is that at the end of each chapter there are a set of action steps to help put that technique in place in your own life. When I first read the book I learned for the first time about putting together a proper to-do list for the day, about writing it out on paper the night before, and organizing the different tasks with the ABCDE method.
This most recent time reading through it, the technique that stood out to me the most was about the salami slice method of getting tasks done. With each task, break it down into smaller and more manageable pieces, and then get started on them. As author Brian Tracy points out in the book, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. That’s that same way to approach many of the different tasks we have each day, one little bit at a time. Sometimes a task on my to-do list will be “Code website XYZ.” Problem is though; there are a lot of little tasks that go into coding that site. So by breaking it down into little manageable steps such as coding the core structure, header, body, footer, I can get a better grasp on the project and get to work much more quickly and efficiently.
If you haven’t read Brian Tracy’s Eat That Frog, I highly recommend picking up a copy today. And if you have read it before, I recommend re-reading it again. Eat That Frog is one of the books that I always recommend to my students in class, it is a great book to help you learn some very valuable work skills and really set you apart from anyone else in your company and can help lead to better and quicker promotions.