I’ve always had an interest in time management and productivity. But it wasn’t until we had four kids and I was working full time that I felt like I REALLY put everything that I learned to the test.
Now I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned because I know how good it feels to get stuff done and not be behind.
(*Note: we still can’t do EVERYTHING, but we can do the most important, biggest impact things each day!)
>> And before I share a little more, you can find the FREE PRINTABLE PLANNER HERE. <<
It’s pretty simple really, here are the main keys to the success of this planner:
- Short task lists (no more than 3 items each day)
- Prioritizing high impact tasks
- Adding an estimated time to the task
- Using a separate brain dump
- Imagining how good it will feel to have these items off your list!
The tactics here are based off of multiple resources, but one I mention frequently is the book Eat That Frog.
The author, Brian Tracey, was inspired by this quote by Mark Twain:
“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”
– Mark Twain
Throughout the book you’ll hear the term “Frog Projects” mentioned, referring to those items on our task list that are unsavory or undesirable to do.
And of course, most of us don’t have actual frogs to eat, but we do have phone calls to make, things to mail, taxes to do and we put them off in a similar manor.
However, if we can train ourselves to tackle these frog tasks at the beginning of our day, we’ll enjoy a higher quality of life. Constantly have these to-do items hanging over our heads causes stress and deteriorates our self confidence.
Here’s the video where I talk more about the planner & how I use it:
But, as we make a habit of “eating” these frogs, we build momentum and experience motivation to tackle other tasks, too. I like to joke that before long you’ll be “eating frogs for breakfast!” … and enjoying them, too!
>> Again, you can find the FREE PRINTABLE PLANNER HERE. <<
I hope this helps and wish you all the best as we head into fall!