For the past few weeks, I have been working on a few projects—one of which is my Podcast series that’s launching soon—but I’ve been finding myself needing more hours in the day to get things done. It really bothered me when important things were left undone at the end of the day or week.

To help with this, I began implementing some strategies I learned from the book Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy—it’s been working great so far, enabling me to prioritize my tasks, which results in a very productive week.

Using a weekly planner to plan my month, week and days, simplifies my life and makes it much easier to schedule things and get the most out of my time. Side note: I once sarcastically joked about having to “check my schedule” when someone wanted to hangout; now I literally have to “check my schedule”—I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing, but heck, it makes my life easier!

In this planner, I write the key things I want to achieve every month, and then schedule them into the weeks. I then break down each week and write a to-do list every day.  

Every day I apply these 3 key strategies from Tracy’s book:

1. Do the biggest, hardest, most important task FIRST then the rest of the day will be much easier since the worst thing had already been done. Avoid the temptation to start on the easy tasks first. Instead, think of the activities that are most deserving of your precious time. Tackle the tasks that will have the most impact on your goals. Makes sense doesn’t it?

2. Use the ABCDE Method to prioritize tasks on your list. Simply, place one of those letters in the margin before each of the tasks on your list before you begin. “A” being something very important that you must do, scaling all the way to “E” which is the least necessary task and can be eliminated, to free up your time.

This method allows you to easily sort out what is important and unimportant, so you can focus your time and attention on those items on your list that are most essential to do.

3. Implement laser focus and give 100% to a single task, completing it from start to finish. Tracy says it’s the real key to high performance and maximum personal productivity. Avoid multi-tasking as it will waste more time since you’ll need to refocus your energy and attention several times as you switch from one activity to another.  

What are your tactics to get important things done? Comment below and share your thoughts.

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14 Replies to “How to Get Important Things Done”

  1. Oh how I love the coincidence! I just ordered my second planner today, ended up filling the first one too soon. Having a planner sure helps and organizes the clutter in your head. I love pretty planners that are incredibly resourceful too. Talking of more coincidences, Brian Tracy’s Eat That Frog was my topic of presentation at work. One thing that still sticks with me from the book, is to keep my desk clean and organized. Who would have thought something so ordinary could have a bigger impact, and it sure does, going by my experience. I love this post. It rings so many bells and is a great reminder to stay on track when you tend to drift.

    1. A second planner Jiji?! How does one fill up a planner? Hahaha. I love the one you got btw, it’s so pretty and girly.
      But yep, you’re right, planners sure organises the clutter our heads.
      Wasn’t the book such a resourceful read? I loved it. I too agree that keeping a clean and organised work-space makes a whole lot of difference.
      Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. I could not agree more. I have to have a to-do list every week/day. I have learned to let somethings go sometimes and focus on EVERYTHING that I did get done. My therapist told me this because with three kids, two businesses, and a husband…I was getting too bogged down with what I did not get done and needed to be a little easier on myself with the 133 other things I DID get done. It’s a process…I loved this post!

    1. Wow.! You certainly have your plate filled Nikki. Yep, I’m also learning to do the same–focusing on the things I accomplished rather than being so hard on myself for not getting every thing done. It makes a lot of difference and keeps the stress away.
      Thanks for sharing your story 🙂

  3. I really need to start using these ideas in my everyday life. For the past couple of months, I have been finding on nearly a daily basis that I need more hours in the day to get everything done that needs to be done. Today is only the second day I have been able to take off from work in the past 6 weeks. I have been taking care of the most urgent things first, but more things keep piling up that need to get done in the process. You would think that working 7 days a week, and at least 50-60 hours a week would mean I’m getting a lot done. But it seems like every time I complete 1 task, 2 more things come up. It’s easy to fall into the habit of trying to multi-task and half-assing things. That’s not a good way to be productive.

    I can totally relate to having to “check my schedule” before I do things. I’m still not used to that. haha I’m not really used to having a schedule yet, but it’s becoming more and more normal feeling as time goes by.

    It’s awesome to see that you are launching a podcast series! I’m definitely interested in checking that out!

    Great post, as always, Candace!! 😀

    1. Oh men, I can get a sense of the magnitude of things you have to do for the week in your comment. Sounds like a lot.
      Yep, I think you should try it, sometimes we try to get the small easy things done which takes up our time and tire us out; by the time we’re ready to get the important things done, we have no energy left. I’ve been really trying to do things the other way around, and it’s been working out great so far. I hope it does for you too. Let me know how it goes.

      The Podcast should be out soon. It won’t be anything major, just another dimension to the blog.
      Thanks Danny 🙂

  4. The frogs babe, the frogs are the key to effectiveness and success. I am happy that you wrote this, this is very helpful and a good refresher of the key elements of the book. Great post babe!

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