21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time. By Brian Tracey - Eat that Frog
1. Set the table
Decide exactly what you want. Clarity is essential. Write out your goals and objectives before you begin.
2. Plan every day in advance
Think on paper. Every minute you spend in planning can save you five or ten minutes in execution.
3. Apply the 80/20 Rule to everything
Twenty percent of your activities will account for 80 percent of your results. Always concentrate your efforts on that top 20 percent.
4. Consider the Consequences
Your most important tasks and priorities are those that can have the most serious consequences, positive or negative, on you life or work. Focus on these above all else.
5. Practice creative procrastination
Since you can’t do everything, you must learn to deliberately put off those tasks that are of low value so that you have enough time to do the few things that really count.
6. Use the ABCDE Method continually
Before you begin work on a list of tasks, take a few moments to organize them by value and priority so you can be sure of working on your most important activities.
7. Focus on key result areas
Identify and determine those results that you absolutely, positively have to get to do your job well, and work on them all day long.
8. The Law of Three
Identify the three things you do in your work that account for 90 percent of your contribution, and focus on getting them done before anything else. You will then have more time for your family and personal life.
9. Prepare thoroughly before you begin
Have everything you need at hand before you start. Assemble all the papers, information, tools, work materials, and numbers you might require so that you can get started and keep going.
10. Take it one oil barrel at a time
You can accomplish the biggest and most complicated job if you just complete it one step at a time.
11. Upgrade your key skills
The more knowledgeable and skilled you become at your key tasks, the faster you start them and the sooner you get them done.
12. Leverage your special talents
Determine exactly what it is that you are very good at doing, or could be very good at, and throw your whole heart into doing those specific things very, very well.
13. Identify your key constraints
Determine the bottlenecks or choke points, internal or external, that set the speed at which you achieve your most important goals, and focus on alleviating them.
14. Put the pressure on yourself
Imagine that you have to leave town for a month, and work as if you had to get all your major tasks completed before you left.
15. Maximize your personal power
Identify your periods of highest mental and physical energy each day, and structure your most important and demanding tasks around these times. Get lots of rest so you can perform at your best.
16. Motivate yourself into action
Be your own cheerleader. Look for the good in every situation. Focus on the solution rather than the problem. Always be optimistic and constructive.
17. Get out of the technological time sinks
Use technology to improve the quality of your communications, but do not allow yourself to become a slave to it. Learn to occasionally turn things 0 and leave them 0.
18. Slice and dice the task
Break large, complex tasks down into bite-sized pieces, and then do just one small part of the task to get started.
19. Create large chunks of time
Organize your days around large blocks of time where you can concentrate for extended periods on your most important tasks.
20. Develop a sense of urgency
Make a habit of moving fast on your key tasks. Become known as a person who does things quickly and well.
21. Single handle every task
Set clear priorities, start immediately on your most important task, and then work without stopping until the job is 100 percent complete. This is the real key to high performance and maximum personal productivity.