If you got to do it, you got to do it and if you don’t, forget it!
Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy is eventually one of the best books to read and help you at avoiding your habit of giving the run around. With all the simple yet effective tricks (21 Great Ways – that’s what the author calls them) even the most difficult of tasks at your hand can be made easier is the mantra of the author! So effortlessly Brian focuses on breaking down the job into small tasks and achieving the biggest of targets.
The 21 ways that talk about getting started with having a proper plan on table to leveraging your key resources while taking a bite at a time to pressurising/motivating yourself and getting work done successfully assist you in getting rid of the disease called PROCASTINATION.
This small book of not more than 120 pages is loaded with some very useful tips such as writing your personal and professional goals on paper (The Power of Writing is more than the Power of Thoughts!), identifying what you lack in skills and how to upgrade those, applying Pareto principal (80-20 rule) to what you want to do, or asking yourself the important questions and finding answers to those before you get started.
The book is a good read for everyone, no matter what you do or who you want to be! I bet once you read it, you will realize it is indeed the power-packed, motivational self-help book.
Well, further to what I had to say about the book here are some of the most helpful planning and organizing tools for you! To get a concrete plan of what you want to achieve in a year, month, week or day, you could use any of these:
Mind Mapping – Although it is usually used for brainstorming sessions, you could easily configure it to plan your goals. Either go to mindmeister.com or choose from Mindjet, Xmind (I am currently using this), SpiderScribe, Freemind, or MindNode! Although Popplet is more interesting, it is only for iPhone and iPad users and you might have to pay for this one!
Also, certain sites like stickk.com help you at planning and achieving your goals – this one lets you determine who will make sure you achieve your goals, and calculate how much you’ll pay if you fail. I don’t believe you will prefer paying anything, will you?!
Planning/ Prioritising/Organising Tasks – You could get your things-to-do enlisted on Any.Do or make use of Sunrise (you can connect to this from either your Google+ or Facebook account) desktop calendar or Google calendars (this one seems to be simpler if you are a dedicated Google-r – I use this again)!
For keeping your notes (inspirational or otherwise) stay with you all the time, you could choose from Evernote, GoodNotes, or MomentDiary (for iPhone and iPad users again)!
Final words: If you too [like me] want to get going without being feeling perturbed, get your mind clear by making notes of and bringing in practice the ways that Brian has discussed. Trust me! I have been procrastinating reading my favourite books for months. This book changed it all! I am back on track and have already got one more done! So, shuffle through the book and Get, Set Go!