ABCs of Life: E is for Efficiency

We live in a world in which there are many things to do on a daily basis. Appointments to keep. Baseball games to be watched. Suppers to be made. It seems as if there is just never enough time in the world to get everything accomplished.

Brian Tracy, author of Eat That Frog!, has a suggestion on how to accomplish your tasks and use your time wisely. He says that you must eat your ugliest frog. Okay. So what does that mean? You have multiple tasks that you must accomplish every day. It is human nature to do the tasks that either aren’t too difficult or that we don’t mind doing. In other words, we put off our worst task (our ugliest frog) because we find it unpleasant. Tracy has found that when we accomplish our most difficult tasks first, we reap the benefits in a few ways. First, the dreaded task is done, and we don’t have to have it looming over our heads anymore. Second, we will sometimes find that attacking this task first makes some of the smaller ones easier or unnecessary to accomplish. Third, by accomplishing this task, we could potentially save up to two hours of time each day.

Knowing this, it seems as if it’s a no-brainer.

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