2 Butt Kicking Lessons On Procrastination You Need To Read NOW Not Later

How to stop procrastinating

How to stop procrastinating One of keys to being efficient is getting things done.

But there is never enough time to do everything you have to do right?

The truth is you are never going to get caught up on all your to do’s.

You can get control of your tasks and activities only to the degree that you stop doing some things and start spending more time on the few activities that can really make a difference in your life. 

 “An average person who develops the habit of setting clear priorities and getting tasks completed quickly will run circles around a genius who talks a lot and makes wonderful plans but gets very little done.” – Brian Tracy

In Brian Tracy’s best-selling book Eat That Frog, he goes through 21 ways to stop procrastinating and get more done in less time. There is so much valuable stuff packed into that tiny little book it’s amazing. I’m not going to go through it all here. You can check out the book for yourself here if you want.

This book is sort of a butt kicker for all those that tend to procrastinate. I don’t know about you but I need a good butt kickin every once in a while. I’m going to share a couple of those principles here because I think they may help you as well.

It has been said for many years that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.

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* The first rule of frog eating is this: If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first.

This is certainly easier said than done. Your mind will find every excuse in the book to work on anything other than your ugliest task.You have to make a conscious choice that you are going to tackle this first. You must find a way to associate more pain to NOT completing the task at hand than the pain of doing the actual task.

If you really want to start making this a habit, find a way to associate so much pleasure to completing your ugliest, most important task first and you will be well on your way. (Read Tony Robbins Awaken the Giant)

eat that frog * The second rule of frog eating is this: If you have to eat a live frog at all, it doesn’t pay to sit and look at it for very long. 

This reminds me of a child who doesn’t want to eat their dinner. If you’re a parent then you know what I’m talking about. You say something like “Johnny, you have to east at least 5 more bites.” Then you watch for the next hour as Johnny sits and stares at his food. He knows he has to eat it. Why doesn’t he just gobble up the five bites and be done with it already??

Adults are not much different. The tasks just turns into something a little more important. Maybe we all still have a little bit of that child inside that just wants to pout and stare at his food rather than just eat it?

When we know we have to do something and there is no avoiding it – why do we keep putting it off?

We know it needs to be done

We know there is no getting around it

We know that it is not going to go away until we finish it

Why do we waste so much time sitting and looking at it then???

How to overcome procrastination:

“Take action immediately. Do something. Do anything. An average plan vigorously executed is far better than a brilliant plan on which nothing is done. For you to achieve any kind of success, execution is everything.  Resolve to do something every single day that moves you toward your major goal.”

*Source via: Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

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  • Donovan

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    Thank you so much, I am working on an assignment about procrastination for my father, because I am an idiot and do it so much, but I feel that this really heleped. I can’t even explain how great full I am.

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