Eat that frog!

I have referred to this statement many a time during trainings and coaching with people on how to get to that HIGHEST level “thing” that needs to happen in their day DONE … when I tell them to EAT THAT FROG they often look at me like I have 3 heads.  However, this is simple, straightforward and a great tactic.

Eating that Frog simply means that if the worst thing you have to do each morning is 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.  Your “frog” is your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it.  It is also the one task that can have the greatest positive impact on your life and results at the moment.  (pg. 2)

Brian Tracy’s book, EAT THAT FROG shares 21 ways to stop procrastinating and get more done in less time. 

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A tall order, but he nails it.

I lost my copy of this book years ago after lending to someone and never getting it back so I just re-ordered it and I’m so glad I did.  He offers such great tools and tactics…. this month of October I’m going to share one of my favorites in each post.

Here’s my favorite this week:

  • Failure to Execute is one of the biggest problems in organizations today.
  • Many people confuse activity with accomplishment.
  • The need to be selective is everything.  An average person who develops the habit of setting clear priorities and getting important tasks completed quickly will run circles around a genius who talks a lot and makes wonderful plans but who gets very little done.

So, what’s your frog this week that YOU need to eat?

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We are getting the keys to our new house today and will be moving this next month – there’s my massive frog!

Whatever yours is, I encourage you to plan for it, eat fast and move on with your day.

I’ll share another insight next week from this awesome book!

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Office Voyeur: Kathryn Masci

I’m so excited to share with you one of my favorite people (and her system)… Kathryn Masci, owner of Get Organized, Be Harmonized.

Kat and I became friends years ago and we have supported each other, gone to conferences together, had many family play dates together and through all of that I have always been in total awe of how amazing she is at what she does.  If you need a household/family organizational system – Kathryn is your gal.  I often call her asking “okay, so I have this situation – what would you do?”  And, of course she gives me spot-on advice that works beautifully for the clients needs.  She literally changes peoples lives and magically helps families grow closer all because she is a total wiz at household system.

While having dinner at her beautiful home with our families a few weeks ago, she was sharing with me her “family communication station” and I promptly asked if I could highlight her in my Office Voyeur series.

So, here we go…. This plain whiteboard becomes the central communication tool within her family…

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She creates the framework by using simple (thin) electrical tape and colored dry-erase markets (one color for each person of the family pink for multi-person things).   These 2 simple tools transform this board into a 2-week 7-day structure that looks like this:

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This is now the Masci Family Central Communication Station.  Want to know what’s for dinner?  Look at the board?  What are the kids doing after school?  It’s on the board.  Where do we all need to be together next week?  Yep, you guessed it, check the board!

Kathryn prints out her digital calendar to guide her while filling this out each week – here’s what that looks like while in process:

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Kathryn clearly stated the benefits of this system:

  • Instills independence within her children (because they can read the board and be more prepared for their activities without her having to yell and scream)
  • Creates greater time management as a family
  • Stops the nagging about dinner (they can all look here and clearly see what’s for dinner)
  • Is kept in a central location that is very visual so there’s accountability as a family to one another
  • Keeps their engine running smoothly

What I love most about this system is that it’s easy, simple to create and clearly communicates a myriad of family functions.  It’s also easy for any family to customize to fit their individual needs.

Bravo Miss Masci and the Masci family – we all are better off knowing you and learning from you all!  :)

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FAT – A simple system for decision making

When it comes to making decisions about where to put stuff, what to keep and how to deal with all that is coming at you – I have a very simple system to share with you to assist you on this journey… it’s called the F.A.T. System.

File it

Act on it

Toss it

I didn’t make this up – it comes from one of the leaders in my industry Barbara Hemphill - owner and creater of The Paper Tiger System.

It’s brilliant and can be applied to both paper and digital – here’s a clear defining graphic to give you a visual.

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So, next time you feel paralyzed about what to do with that piece of paper or email or digital document – just ask yourself if you should FILE it, ACT on it or TOSS it?!

Want more of these great ideas and tools to integrate into your life and work and home and business?

Join me for one of two upcoming events:

1.  Adult Education Class – Time Management (click HERE to register)

2.  UCSB Extension Course – Tools and Strategies for Women in the Workplace (click HERE to register)