LIVING THE LAB LIFE
A BLOG FOR ASCLS REGION V
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If you perused that leadership academy recommended book list posted last month, but not sure what to start with my suggestion is "Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways To Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time"- by Brian Tracy. Its a fast read (took me 3 days) with ALOT of super helpful advice; some of the chapters struck me the most and I'll discuss them here. The main overwhelming idea of this book is best described by Mark Twain who said, "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 that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long." This "frog" is paralleled to a particular task, most likely the ugliest, most avoided or even the most important, that needs to be done, where be it at work, home, school, or what not. The author found that those who most would consider "successful" launch right into that big, nasty job or goal and work it all the way through to completion first. Those who do this report " [being] happier, more confident, and more powerful you feel about yourself and your world." And who couldn't use a little bit more oomph in their step and some good vibes in their pocket. So let's jump in and learn some quick tips and tricks to be more successful in all things we do and become a better leader.
1. Consider the Consequences (Ch.4)-when you're doing a particular task try thinking about how important it is in the short-term and long-term to you and your company. Most often the long-term mindset proves most important in determining your success in both life and work. So always consider the long-term effect on your short-term decision making. Also, it is just as crucial to realize that there will never, and I mean NEVER, be enough time to do absolutely everything, but there will ALWAYS be enough time to do the most important thing. So shrug off the idea that we can be five people at once, and focus on the idea that by doing the task that has the best long-term outcome and is the most significant that ultimately it will result in greater successful outcomes and better consequences for you.
2. Practice Creative Procrastination (Ch.5)- By understanding that you can't do everything at once means you've got to choose something to procrastinate on. So prioritize, prioritize, prioritize and by that I mean start by "eat[ing] the biggest and ugliest frogs before anything else. Do the worst first!" This will help you get your duties into a manageable control level. So carefully decided which tasks your going to skip and come back to later...if ever.
3. Focus on Key Result Areas (Ch. 7)- A key result area is defined in the book as "something for which you are completely responsible. If you don't do it, it doesn't get done. A key result area is an activity that is under your control. It produces an output that becomes an input or contributing factor to the work of others." In the management world some examples would be delegating, staffing, or supervising. If these pieces are not done well or not at all, it may lead to a chain reaction failure among all staff. So as a rule of thumb, practice your WEAKEST key result areas until they reach a level at or above your highest key result area Then keep the cycle going!
I hope this helps you and puts some perspective on whatever job tasks or personal decisions you may be procrastinating or debating. If you'd like to learn more, check out this book for more helpful advice!