In this video Brian Tracy is teaching a method of time management that I am sure will really help you to be more effective in your work. One of the most valuable time management skill that you can develop is to organize your tasks by priority. Brian Tracy refers to this process as “Eat That Frog”.
Manage your Time Effectively – Eat That Frog First
Many of you are familiar with this phrase, but for those of you who are not the “Eat That Frog”concept is practicing the habit of tackling the most important tasks first. This task or frog is the one you are most likely to procrastinate on. It is also the task that can have the greatest positive impact on your life and results at the moment.
Your frog is your biggest and ugliest task, so we say, do the worst first.
Manage your Time Effectively – The ABCDE Method
The best way to organize your life is to use what we call the ABCDE method. It is a powerful prioritizing setting technique that you can use everyday. This is how it works.
You start making a list of all the things that you have to do for the coming day. Make the list the previous day, or early in the morning before you start work. Never start anything before having written that list. Think on paper.
You then go down your list and you place an A, B, C, D or E before each item on your list before you begin the first task.
An “A” task is defined as something that is very important. This is something that you MUST do. It has serious consequences if you do it or don’t do it. These are the frogs of your life!
A “B” task is defined as a task that you should do. It has only mild consequences if you do it or not. It may be an inconvenience if you don’t do a “B” task, but it is not as important as a “A” task.
The rule is that you should never do a “B” task if there is an undone “A” task.
A “C” task is defined as something that would be nice to do, but for which there are no consequences if you do it or not. Most people spend fifty percent of their time in “C” tasks that have nothing to do with their work.
A “D” task is defined as something that you can delegate to someone else. You should delegate everything that someone else can do so you can free up more time for your “A” tasks that ONLY YOU can do.
A “E” task is defined as something that you can eliminate altogether and it won’t make any real difference. This may be a task that was important at one time, but which is no longer important to yourself or someone else.
The key to making this ABCDE method work for you is to practice discipline and start immediately on your “A” task and stay with it until it’s complete. If you have several A tasks, list them A1, A2, A3 and start on your A1 first.
Use your will power and your mental strength to get going and keep going on this one job, the most important task you must possibly be doing. Eat the whole frog and don’t stop until it’s finished completely. This alone can double your productivity the first day you begin using this system.