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Find the book: https://amzn.to/3ccxvsA
More books at my blog: https://www.021.be/books
YouTube: https://youtu.be/3oy-6fGkODo
Eat that Frog; there is this gap between common sense and common action or, in other words, the knowledge we have and what we do with it. To bridge this gap, I summarized this book. At times the book is giving the impression that working hard is the solution. But what I found it is pointing out that we always need the balance. We can only work a lot if we are able to balance it with an enriched life. The book is giving in 21 chapters strategies of how we can do more of the things which have the biggest impact in our lives. Afterall there are always more things than we can do. Thus, we have to find some strategies on how to choose those which are most important to us!

Find the book: https://amzn.to/3ccxvsA
More books at my blog: https://www.021.be/books
YouTube: https://youtu.be/3oy-6fGkODo
Eat that Frog; there is this gap between common sense and common action or, in other words, the knowledge we have and what we do with it. To bridge this gap, I summarized this book. At times the book is giving the impression that working hard is the solution. But what I found it is pointing out that we always need the balance. We can only work a lot if we are able to balance it with an enriched life. The book is giving in 21 chapters strategies of how we can do more of the things which have the biggest impact in our lives. Afterall there are always more things than we can do. Thus, we have to find some strategies on how to choose those which are most important to us!

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  1. 1. www.021.be More books and a podcast: Go to → www.021.be Summary
  2. 2. Ask people how they did it Intro Ask successful people what they did that made them successful and do the same to get the same results. Your “frog” is the task that can have the most significant impact on your life. To avoid procrastination, always eat the biggest frog first. Make it a habit.
  3. 3. 1. Set the table: Clearly written goals increase the drive to achieve them! 1) Clarity: Decide exactly what your goal is, and the order of them 2) Write it down, think on paper, accomplish 5-10x more 3) Set deadlines and sub-deadlines to avoid natural procrastination, make it urgent 4) List all the tasks for one goal 5) Make a sequential visual plan 6) Take action immediately 7) Do something every day to move forward with your goal → it becomes a habit Incentivize yourself
  4. 4. 2. Plan every day in advance: Work from a list. When something new comes up, add it to the list before you do it. Daily List: Make a sequential & prioritized list the night before; subconsciously, it prepares for the next day. As you go through the day, tick off items from the list as this motivates. Master List: List for big life goals. 10/90 Rule: Spending 10% of the time for planning will save you 90% of the time for execution. Plan to overcome short-term temptations
  5. 5. 3. Apply the 80/20 rule to everything: 20% of your activities will account for 80% of your results. Always concentrate your efforts on that top 20%: out of 10 equally long tasks, often one, the frog, is worth more than all others. Resist cleaning up small tasks first, start with the high impact task. Motivate yourself by choosing the right sequence of tasks aligned with your willpower. Anticipation of accomplishing a high-value task can motivate and help to overcome procrastination. Achieving low-value tasks gives no energy. Anything that is worth doing is worth doing poorly!
  6. 6. 4. Consider the consequences to find your priorities. Your most important tasks and priorities are those that can have the most serious consequences, positive or negative, on your life. Rule: Long-term thinking improves short-term decision making. Build a sizable buffer of 20% or more to compensate for unexpected delays. Make it a game of getting done in advance of the deadline. 3 Questions: What are my highest value activities? What can I and only I do, that if done well, will make a real difference? What is the most valuable use of my time right now? Choose between the path of least resistance and what you truly want
  7. 7. 5. Procrastinate purposely on low-value tasks Start with the big task directly in the morning and schedule small high-value tasks directly after. Say no to everything that is not high-value. Be polite but distinct. Cut down on low-value time-consuming activities (e.g., TV, internet surfing). Instead, concentrate on time with friends, play games, have a drink, exercise, or something else that enhances life quality. Know your no
  8. 8. 6. ABCDE Method: Start with a list of everything you have to do the next day. Classify each item: A = the most important task that you must do. If you have more then one A you can write A-1, A-2, A-3, etc. B = a task that you should do, which would have mild consequences if you would not follow it. Rule: never do a B task when there is an A task undone. C = nice to have, but without consequence, if canceled. D = delegatable tasks. Rule: delegate everything that anyone else can do so that you can free up more time for A-tasks that only you can do. E = tasks you can eliminate altogether, and it won’t make any real difference. Start on you’re A-1 task immediately and stay at it until it’s done. All you need is a strategy which works for you
  9. 9. 7. Focus on key result areas: Why are you on the payroll? If you are not clear about this, it is very hard for you to perform at your best. Find 5 key result areas where you can contribute the max to your organization. Give Yourself a Grade on your key areas on a scale of 1- 10. Rule: Your weakest key result area sets the height of your performance. Identify your areas of weakness and make a plan to solve them. Question: What one skill, if I developed and did it in an excellent fashion, would have the greatest positive impact on my career? Make it a habit of regularly analyzing your key areas and discuss it with others. Essentialism – Focus
  10. 10. www.021.be 8. The law of three: (1) Write A list of all the things you are doing. (2) Ask yourself the question: If you could only do one thing on this list, all day long, which one task would contribute the greatest value? (3) Then ask what would be the 2nd and 3rd most valuable thing. (4) Full 90% of the value that you contribute is contained in those three tasks, whatever they are. Everything else is either a support/complimentary task that could probably be delegated/ eliminated. The Quick List Method: (1) Write down in 30 sec. the 3 most important goals in your life. Subconsciously it helps to do it in a short time. (2) Grade yourself from 1 to 10 how you are doing in each of your goals. (3) Find the 3 biggest in each field: career, family, relationship, financial, personal/ professional development, social/ community, and problems or concerns. Only give yourself a short time to answer the questions. The reason that you work more efficiently is that you can do whatever brings your joy more of the time. There always needs to be a balance. 85% of your happiness in life will come from happy relationships with other people and the amount of time that you spend face to face. There always needs to be balance
  11. 11. www.021.be 9. Prepare thoroughly before you begin: One way to overcome procrastination is to have everything ready, this will reduce the willpower needed to get started and reduce noise by removing other elements. You just focus on one task. Create a Comfortable Work Space. Once you are prepared, get started immediately. Get it 80% right and then correct it later. The road to success is often not blocked by a lack of ability or opportunity but fears of failure and rejection. No matter what the level of your ability, you have more potential than you can ever develop in a lifetime. Do the thing you fear: (1) To develop the courage, act as if you already have it. (2) Assume the body language of high performance. Use your willpower wisely for what matters to you
  12. 12. www.021.be 10. Take it one oil barrel at a time: (1) Select any goal, task, or project in your life where you have been procrastinating and make a list of all the steps you will need to take to complete the task eventually. (2) Then take just one step immediately. Sometimes, all you need to do to get started is to sit down and complete one item on the list. And then do one more, and so on. Every step counts – Knowing is not being
  13. 13. www.021.be 11. Upgrade your key skills: (1) Become a lifelong student: E.g. read in your field for one hour every day, take seminars, workshops, listen to audio programs. Rule: Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field. (2) Identify the key skills which you need to fulfill your most important task in life. Make studying fun for life
  14. 14. www.021.be 12. Leverage your special talents: (1) Questions: What am I really good at? What do I enjoy the most about my work? What has been most responsible for my success in the past? What would I do if I knew I could not fail? (2) Develop a personal plan to prepare yourself to do your most important tasks in an excellent fashion. Focus on those areas where you have special talents, and which you most enjoy doing. Follow your talent and purpose
  15. 15. www.021.be 13. Identify your key constraints by asking yourself questions such as “What is holding me back?” (1) Find the constraint which is holding your back on your most important task in life. Then focus all your energy to remove the limiting factor. This will increase the speed of achieving the task. 80/20 Rule @ Constraints: 80% of the constraints are internal: your own personal qualities, abilities, habits, disciplines... Or they are contained within your own company or organization. Only 20% of the limiting factors are external to you or to your organization in the form of competition, markets, governments, organizations... Your key constraint can be something small and not particularly obvious, thus it requires that you make a list of every step to find it. Free yourself from limiting beliefs
  16. 16. www.021.be 14. Put the pressure on yourself: About 2% of people can work entirely without supervision. We call these people “leaders”. (1) Set Imaginary Deadlines: E.g., you have to leave town for a month and work as if you had to get all your major tasks completed. Create your own “motivation/force system”. E.g., positive motivation, something nice in the evening or stickK.com (2) Break down your projects into milestones with a deadline each. Then race against your own clock. Make it a game, and resolve to win! Imagination and motivation
  17. 17. www.021.be 15. Maximize your personal powers by identifying your periods of highest energy each day and structure your most important tasks around these times. Sleep: When you are fully rested, you can get 2-5 times more done. Your productivity begins to decline after 8 or 9 hours of work. Working long hours into the night means that you are usually producing less in more time. Spare Day: Take at least one full day off every week. Refuse to do anything that taxes your brain; instead, you can exercise, spend time with your family/friends, go for a walk, meditate, etc. Physical Health: eat healthy + exercise about 200 min each week = 30 min per day, build exercise into your daily routine. (1) Select one activity or behavior that you can change immediately to improve your overall levels of energy. Practice that one action until it becomes a habit and so on. The power of sleep
  18. 18. www.021.be 16. Motivate yourself into action: (1) Control your thoughts: Most of our emotions are determined by how we talk to ourselves. It is not what happens to us, but the way we interpret it. As Victor Frankl wrote “The last great freedom of mankind is the freedom to choose your attitude under any set of external conditions.” To keep yourself motivated, you must become a complete optimist. Their behaviors: (1) Look for the good in every situation (2) Seek valuable lessons from every setback (3) Solution- and action-oriented, think about goals and look forward. Visualize your future to motivate yourself. Find your why
  19. 19. www.021.be 17. Get out of the technological time sinks: (1) Create zones of silence: To stay calm and focused, detach on a regular basis from technology/communication devices. If your phone is not the most important task in your life, do not check your phone first thing in the morning, but work on the most important task. 80/20 Rule: Full 80% of the emails you receive are of no value; they should be deleted immediately. Out of the 20%, only a minimal amount of 4% needs to be answered quickly. Standardize/ delegate e.g., to an assistance. Use technology as a servant, not a master. Do we have to keep current with the news? If it is really important, someone will tell you. (2) Create one technology-free day in the week. Control technology, to not be controlled by it
  20. 20. www.021.be 18. Slice and dice the task Salami Slice Method: You lay out the task in its details and resolve it one slice at the time. Feeling that you completed one slice will give you the satisfaction to continue with another one. Swiss Cheese Your Tasks: You resolve to work for a specific time period on a task. This may be as little as 5 or 10 min, after which you will stop and do something else. Once you start working, you develop a sense of forward momentum and a feeling of accomplishment. Become action-oriented: A common trait of high- performance people is that, when they hear a good idea, they take action on it immediately. Create forward momentum
  21. 21. www.021.be 19. Create large chunks of time, e.g. for tasks you do not like, or you want to time limit, smartphone, emails, book reading, social media (1) Schedule time slots (eg., 10-11AM) where you work on specific tasks. During these pre-set time slots (2) Eliminate all distractions e.g. the smartphone. Time is all we have
  22. 22. www.021.be 20. Develop a sense of urgency to get into the flow and take action immediately. Momentum Principle: although it may take tremendous amounts of energy to overcome inertia and get started initially, it then takes far less energy to keep going. The faster you move, the more energy you have. Avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. We are already naked. Get into your flow.
  23. 23. www.021.be 21. Single handle every task by concentrating single-mindedly on your most important mission, you can reduce the time required to complete it by 50% or more. The tendency to start and stop a task can quadruple the time necessary to complete it. (1) Take action, work on your most important task immediately. (2) Try not to stop until you are finished. When we multitask what we really do is task-shifting

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