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The Benefits of Overcoming Procrastination

By Shanon Meyer, Retail Banking Manager

Frog eating is an acquired art. According to Brian Tracy, author of Eat That Frog,

“If you have to eat a live frog, it doesn’t pay to sit and look at it for very long.”

Frogs could be that big project for work you know is going to take a large time commitment, the email you got last week from your child’s teacher asking to set up a meeting or the call you have been putting off to that upset client. There are benefits from eating these frogs!

Eating frogs can add time to your day and money to your pocket! Budgeting your time is much like budgeting your money and can be viewed the same. All of us have fallen victim to the ‘busy trap’. We were too busy to do this or too busy to do that but in reality we just did not budget our time wisely. By budgeting our time, and eating our biggest, ugliest frog first thing each morning we actually create extra time in our day. You see, when you put that big frog off, it still weighs on your mind throughout the day. It steals your concentration, lessens your productivity and affects your overall quality of work that in turn can lead to being overlooked for that big work promotion or possibly even loss of employment when errors occur.

Once you master the art of frog eating, you have extra time to budget your household expenses, concentrate more so you get your promotion at work and may even have additional time to spend with family and friends.

Where do you start? I would like to share some of my tried and true frog eating methods.

  • Know your end goal.
    Whether it be a promotion or completing a project before lunch, know what you hope to accomplish.
  • Plan ahead.
    Create your to-do list the night before. This allows you to leave work at work and home at home and start the next day fresh as you already have an outline for the day.

  • Assign time limits.
    This gives you a goal within your goal. By setting a time limit, you are truly taking the time to research and plan your day.

  • Plan for interruptions.
    No matter if you are at home or work, there are always interruptions. For most, this is enough to throw them off track. But if these interruptions are already budgeted into your day, it lessens their impact.
  • Live by the 80/20 rule.
    The top 20% of your activities should account for 80% of your results. In short, always eat your biggest, ugliest frog first!

  • Find tools that work for you.
    Everyone manages their time differently but it’s important that you find the tool that works best for you. One such tool that I recommend you explore is the Money Management feature within Great Western ebanking.

I’ll leave you with this final thought, we all have the same amount of time in a day: 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, 86,400 seconds. You can set yourself apart by choosing to use it wisely and eating that frog!

1Eat That Frog (Brian Tracy, 2002)

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