So, I’m getting sick of being unproductive. If I’m not editing a video or blog post, I am usually wasting time. I browse social media groups, binge watch YouTube videos, and surf the web when I should be doing chores. In the mean time, I miss important deadlines and have a messier than I’d like house. I repeat, I am sick of not being productive.
You see the problem isn’t that I don’t work, I do. But it’s that when I’m not working I don’t work. Ok, I know I confused y’all with that one so let me explain. When I’m not working on my business I like to disconnect. (I know I could have said that in the first place but I like to mess with y’all ha ha). This disconnection is so severe that it effects my home environment and those around me.
Enough is Enough
I finally got to the point where I wanted to do something about my problem. I went to amazon kindle book store and did a search for books on productivity. It recommended Brian Tracey’s Eat that Frog. I was interested as soon as I saw the title. I had heard of this book somewhere, somehow, so I purchased it. Turns out I didn’t have to purchase it because I already owned it.
I clicked on the book. It opened to the chapter that I left off at, which was in the middle of the book. Talk about slacking! Not only did I already own the book, I had already started reading it. And, I don’t remember applying any of it’s suggestions. Yikes!
So, What’s all the buzz?
As I read the chapter, I was immediately inspired and blown away. I began to remember many of its concepts. The book is based off 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 is going to happen to you all day long”. So, in a nutshell, get your most difficult, but important tasks out of the way, first thing every morning. You will have a better day and you will gain momentum and a dopamine hit from the accomplishment. I backtracked and read from the beginning of the book. The pages seemed to fly by.
I subscribed to Brian Tracey’s YouTube Channel and decided this time I would take action. As a result, I am doing a 21 day challenge for productivity. I decided to start this Mother’s day. This will be my gift to myself. I know, there are many of you out there who may have the same problem as me so I decided to let you in on it. Join me if you want to become more productive.
The 21 Day Challenge Instructions
The way it works is you have to sit down and make a to do list. On the list you have to put a star next to the item that is the most important but most dreaded task. This is the task that you keep putting off. This is the task that will have a huge impact for your life if done. Examples: Write up a proposal for a raise, donate stuff from your closet, get child support ha ha. You know, the good stuff.
Then starting Sunday morning, you have to get up and make that task the first thing you do for that day. Then you repeat this process for 21 days. You make a to-do list the day before and complete the most daunting task first thing the next morning. And that’s it. Very simple.
If you have questions, comment below. I will respond to them via this post. I may post another article at the midpoint to check in. But, I will definitely post at the end of the 21 days to let everyone know how it went.
So to recap:
Day 1: Sunday May 13th 2018 (Mother’s Day) through Day 21: June 3, 2018
- Make a To-Do list the night before
- Tackle the most dreaded but important task first thing the next morning.
Alright, let’s get to it!
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