Monday, December 17, 2012

Choose to Eat That Frog

Do you have a task on your to-do list that you are avoiding? 

Each day I make a list of the tasks to accomplish. One by one I cross them off. Yet one or two stubborn items are never completed. If I do not complete these tasks then eventually they drop off my list and become wishes—not something that will be accomplished.

Writers are notorious at procrastination. We sharpen our pencils. We spend time on social media reading Facebook and tweeting on Twitter and learning about other social aspects. We send messages on writer's forums and spend time answering email—anything to keep us from our writing.

Yet time marches ahead and the work does not get accomplished. Bestselling author Brian Tracy wrote a book called Eat That Frog! “Mark Twain once 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 is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.”

You can learn more details watching this short Eat That Frog movie. The book includes 21 solid methods to stop procrastination and get more done in less time. I read this book over several weeks—a little bit at a time and have been taking action on the different suggestions.

Procrastination is not an easy topic to tackle yet you must find ways to tackle the difficult areas of your writing and move forward.

What frogs are you facing in your day and how can you tackle it at the beginning of the day instead of having it hang around and bug you?

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2 Comment:

At 8:49 AM, Blogger Audrey Left a note...

I love, love, love this movie and its message! Did I say that I love this? Seriously, this is exactly the right message for me at the exactly right (or maybe write) time. I'm going to try and follow the 30 day challenge. I have honed my procrastination skills to the level of pure art, and I need to turn this situation around. Thanks for sharing this with us today!

At 5:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous Left a note...

Hey Audrey, I thought I was the greatest procrastinator in the history of civilization. I understand your challenges perfectly.

My skills are honed also.

I am going to turn it around for 2013 too. I even have the book: now I will pay attention to it.


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