‘A goal without a plan is just a wish’ – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Eat that frog by Brain Tracy is exactly the type of read you need to start setting out your goals and making them a reality. It’s the essential guide to help you get your life in order. This read will see what your priorities are and it will help you to plan and achieve them. It is a quick, enjoyable read that will leave you feeling like you have all the tools necessary to conquer! We all know the feeling of having too much to do, but no time to do it in. Prioritize, plan and execute I think is a good way to summarise the read. It’s the beginning of 2018…stop procrastinating and start living you.
The book is full of interactive exercises that can be completed as you read. He asks you to write down the most important goals that you want to achieve. The caveat? You need to do it in 30 seconds. The time limit helps to focus your mind and in so doing, you tend to put down the most important things first. The other rule he mentions is the 80/20 rule. He explains it as: “20% of your activities will account for 80% of your results” and “20% of your tasks will account for 80% of the value of what you do”. Simply put it tells to find the task that usually makes up 20% of the time we allot to do everything in a day- then it tells us to accomplish it first. As a result, we get a lot more done because the most important task, that would usually be avoided, is done first; and that is the task that often carries 80% of the value of the work we need done. This allows you to focus on other things, without this task plaguing your mind and following you around, figuratively of course, making you less productive.
This book honestly speaking does not teach us anything we haven’t heard before. It’s all things we have picked up over the course of our lives. What this book does do, is summarise everything in a way that is easy to understand and to implement. He encourages you to do the work while you read the book. So, before you know it, you would have streamlined your life. That, I feel, is the book’s ultimate message: prioritise. It seems daunting when you try to cut down on things in your life, but when you look at it objectively and without emotion, you begin to realise – you only need a few things in your life, the rest is just clutter. Clean the clutter, get a plan down on paper and follow through. Thanks Brian.
By Dora Clark