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Have You Eaten Your Frog Today?

By May 19, 2016Productivity

Can you believe it is nearly June? How does the year go by so quickly? Many of my clients have been commenting on this and how it feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day, let alone the year, to get everything done to meet their goals. They can’t focus on important activities because there are SO MANY more things that need to be handled. Do you feel the same? How can you get more done in less time?

The answer lies in better prioritization! In his book Eat That Frog! , author Brian Tracey outlines the A-B-C-D-E Method of prioritizing which I have found tremendously helpful! Revamp your task list by placing A-B-C-D-E in the margin before each of the tasks on your list before you begin:

  • “A” stands for “very important;” something you must do! There can be serious negative consequences if you don’t do it. Eat these “frogs” first!!
  • “B” stands for “important” – something you should do. These tasks are not as important as your ‘A’ tasks. There are only minor negative consequences if they are not completed.
  • “C” stands for things that are “nice to do,” but which are not as important as ‘A’ or ‘B’ tasks. There are no negative consequences for not completing them.
  • “D” stands for “delegate.” You can assign these tasks to someone else who can do the job instead of you.
  • “E” stands for “eliminate, whenever possible.” You should eliminate every single activity you possibly can, to free up your time.

There will never be enough time to get it ALL done, and remember: your day should be more than just checking items off an ever expanding To-Do list. Reprioritizing your critical tasks will ensure your daily activities are in line with your big picture goals and keep you on track to acheiving them! So sit down, don a bib, and eat that frog!!