Can you believe January is almost over?! Feels like New Year’s Eve was just yesterday!
That’s proof that time is waiting for NO ONE, so what are you doing to make the most of your day in order to accomplish your goals?
Speaking on my behalf, I still struggle with procrastination and time management. This year, however, I’ve made it a point to strive for excellence in all aspects of my life, so that definitely meant nipping my weaknesses in the bud. One of the steps to this process was enlisting an accountability partner.
I tapped on my good friend Chatoya, time management queen, to hold me accountable for reading every night in exchange for me acting as her alarm clock every morning. Like clock work, I get a text every evening saying “did you read today?”. I love stuff like that because it lights a fire under my butt to do it so I can tell her yes (pretty good strategy, right?)
The book I chose to read was one I’ve seen SO many entrepreneurs include on their book list, Brian Tracy’s Eat That Frog!
This book doesn’t read like a novel so don’t worry about feeling as if you have to closely follow along, it’s more like a guide or an manual. Eat That Frog! is all about time management. Brian Tracy breaks down different tactics in each chapter to help readers execute their daily tasks easier in order to get more personal and professional fulfillment in life.
I’m sure the thought has crossed your mind, “who would want to eat a frog?!”. I know I don’t. Brian Tracy cites that Mark Twain once said:
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 that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.
The “frog” is your biggest task. For me, I have two: my weight loss goals and managing my budget better. From the author’s suggestion, you should do start every single day with doing something that helps you accomplish that BIG task because it’s what you would procrastinate on otherwise. You’ll then get the motivation to keep crossing off items off your to-do list the rest of the day knowing that you’ve already done your biggest task.
Genius right?! This book breaks down time management so well that you’ll think “why didn’t I think of that?”.
I feel as if the book gawds dropped this book in my life at the perfect time! Each day, it seems as if I add on something new to my plate so I need all the help I can get in order to stay sane. I’m just getting started with this book but with that considered, I’ve found some great gems already. Here’s a couple:
Practice is the key to mastering any skill. Fortunately, your mind is like a muscle. It grows stronger and more capable with use.
I love this. Practice and discipline go hand-in-hand. In order to manage your time better, you must become disciplined in order to stick to the goals you set out for yourself. Good thing about this is, once you practice enough, it becomes a habit. It’ll then be natural to you to stay on track and you won’t even think twice about it.
See yourself as the kind of person who gets important jobs done quickly and well on a consistent basis.
The art of visualization is powerful, why do you think vision boards are so popular and effective? When you constantly see something, it triggers something inside of you to strive to make it come to life. I see myself as the Empirelista I strive to be: driven, goal-oriented and relentless!
I hope I encouraged you to read Eat That Frog! and continue making those goals you set out for yourself come to life. That empire you want won’t build itself. You got to work for it. Let’s get to work!