Recently, I re-read a book by Brian Tracy, “Eat that Frog!” and it made a lot of sense. There are 21 topics that he covered in the book, I took some notes based on what I have learnt.
My humble opinion, if you are able to focus on one topic and take action for at least 30 days (it works better with an accountability partner). You will definitely see yourself change for the better.
There you go… the 21 Personal Power Habits (based on my understanding…). All the best in your action.
- Have a goal in writing for clarity. When you write down the goal, means you have put in some thoughts for the goal.
- Invest some time in advance planning. As the saying goes, “a stitch in time, saves nine…” though we have to expect the unexpected, we are preparing ourselves for any circumstances.
- Using the Pareto principle (80/20) to our advantage. Focusing our time and strength on the main 20% of activities to give us 80% of results.
- Weighing the critical-ness of the outcomes will point us to setting priorities (urgent versus important).
- Apply a system to assign the importance or sequence of tasks using method of preference (ABCDE, High-Medium-Low. Numbering, etc.)
- Effort versus results. Which area do you need to get results first? Focus on that first or get someone to help you to complete that area first before moving on to the next one.
- Time may be limited to finish all the activities… where you focus your energy, you get the results. Priorities on the most important ones.
- 6P’s on preparation: proper prior preparation prevents poor performance.
- Invest time in doing research to find out more before starting. What resources are needed? How can you be more resourceful?
- Utilise your strengths and talents. Things will be easier when you use your strengths to do it. More will be achieved with higher motivation as when focus on strengths, the less challenging the tasks will be.
- Determine the barriers and constraints. When the goal you set is audacious, you will bump into bottlenecks that slow you down. Once identified, get help or overcome them.
- Take one step at a time. Chunk the big tasks into smaller ones and keep going. Accomplish the most complicated ones, inch by inch , everything’s a cinch.
- Set a deadline for yourself. Some healthy pressure will be good to get things done. Remember the day before you went for your holiday… you get more things done that day…
- When are you the most productive? Leverage on that positive flow to achieve better results and getting more demanding tasks done.
- Being positive in the journey to get to where you want to be, makes life sweeter… be a fixer and focus on the solutions.
- Certain tasks is worth procrastinating. Focus on the high priority, important and adding more value to you.
- When you are fresh and full of positive energy, tackle the difficult tasks first.
- Divide and conquer. Segregate the tasks into manageable segments then deal with one at a time.
- Block your time (calendar) and make time to action with concentration.
- Be fast and accurate. Having the sense of urgency with quality execution is a good personal brand to have.
- Focus to finish. When you start and stop a task, it will consume more time to complete.
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Let me know how it goes. Enjoy the journey!
“Change your habits, change your world!”