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I.N.S.A.N.I.T.Y.

I’d have to be MAD to expect different results this year when I haven’t introduced anything new or done anything differently from what I did last year. If I work the same way, at the same pace & with the same people, why should I expect change? Insanity, after all is doing the same thing and expecting different results.

A lot of resolutions flying around with some attempts here and there. It’s the consistency in actually creating a habit out of a new behavior that will actually bring the change.

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EAT THAT FROG! BRIAN TRACY/ HODDER & STOUGHTON/ {2001} 2016/ 128 PAGES

The book Eat that frog suggests a few changes that can make a whole lot of difference in the way we do things this year especially with respect to time management . It proffers some key recommendations on ways you can achieve your goals.

The book has 21 short chapters, each addressing a method of managing your non-renewable resource – Time. It comes from a focus perspective where you have a target, you aim and shoot (your target and nothing else), So the first few chapters discuss finding clarity regarding what you want to achieve and the steps involved in doing so. The book dwells a lot on planning, prioritizing and taking action.

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So what’s with the frog, you might ask?. He explained the whole concept about eating a frog by using a quote from Mark Twain – ”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 that is probably the worst thing that can happen to you all day”.

Resist the temptation to clear up small things first

So in improving your chances of getting the important things done, you need to note the high-value tasks, you dodge or are reluctant to do are the ‘frogs’. They are as ugly as ever but produce the most results you actually need to catapult you to your next phase. The ugliness gets in the way and makes it easy for us to procrastinate; but for us to get different results, we need to learn to major on the majors and not do any minor activities until the majors are done.

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Using the Pareto principle in economics, he explained that 80% of the tasks on our to-do list contributes only 20% of the achievement of our set goals while the remaining 20% on your to-do list actually contributes 80% of our goals. More activities, less contributions.

 

There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important thing – The Principle of Forced Efficiency

Practice creative procrastination: So normally, we procrastinate on high value tasks (those ugly frogs), creative procrastination suggests that we are intentional about procrastinating low value tasks so we have enough time (with less interruptions) to finish those high value, high yielding tasks.

Other suggestions are;

Think on paper.

Focus on key result areas – what one skill, if I developed and did it in an excellent fashion, would have the greatest positive impact on my career?

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. – Theodore Roosevelt

 

Work all the time you work.

Put pressure on yourself

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Slice & Dice the task.

Develop a sense of urgency.

Do not wait; the time will never be ‘’just right’’. Start where you stand and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along. – Napoleon Hill – DO IT NOW

 

Tosan’s take: I already know that to get different results, I have to do things differently this year. I have also learnt that I have to eat certain frogs. I’m just not a frog lover so I will have to find a way to eat it super-fast (that’s actually the 2nd rule of frog eating- eeeewww!). So help me God!

10 thoughts on “I.N.S.A.N.I.T.Y.

  1. Great and timely piece, Tosan. This deeply resonates with me especially as an Organizing and Productivity Coach + I’m a Brian Tracy fan. You should share this with us in The Organizing Community on Facebook.

    1. Thanks Jesmine. I agree with you. Feel free to share them in any of your social media platforms. Thanks for reading and taking the time out to drop a comment.

  2. This is highly motivational and inspirational, thanks a million fold. The doesn’t have to be palatable to chew and swallow.

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