In today’s video, I talk about three specific productivity tips that I have learned from reading books by Brian Tracy.
As I explain in the video, there is a lot to learn from his books, but these are the three most important tips I think will help you.
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Hi guys, welcome to another episode of Nick Pratt TV. In this episode, I’m going to be giving you three specific productivity hacks, and they are really something I have heard from Brian Tracy by recently reading his books. Hopefully they will be useful for you too.
I’ve been reading some Brian Tracy books lately, and these are three things I have learned specifically from his work. He’s written a lot of books, and there is a lot of wisdom in them. I think there is some duplication in them, but there is a good amount of ideas.
So here are the three tips to help you get more done and be more productive.
Tip 1: Eat The Frog Concept
If you want to know more about this, you can see Brian Tracy’s book called “Eat The Frog.” Basically, in case you don’t want to read through the whole book, the concept is really refers to doing the most difficult but important task early in the day, first thing in the morning. The way this works is that if you start the day by eating the frog and doing the most difficult task, then the rest of the day can’t get much worse than that. I’ve known about this for a really long time, and it’s something I do.
I actually start the day with a workout because I think that fitness and working out is a challenge and something difficult to keep up, but I do those difficult tasks in the morning.
By the time it gets to 2:00 or 3:00 in the afternoon, the really tough part of the day is gone because I’ve taken care of it.
So eat the frog. Do the core task or project you think that can move your business forward first thing in the day, or before lunch. If you get it out of the way, it makes you feel better and you’ve got lots of energy left.
Tip 2: Commit to small fragments of time for a specific task to get started
This is a really powerful one. What this means is if you’ve got something that you’ve been putting off, all you really need to do is to start it. You may be thinking “that’s the tough part because I am procrastinating about getting started.” If you just say to yourself “I am going to work for no longer than 10 minutes on it,” then it will be very easy for you to do 10 minutes. You’ll do that, and stop immediately afterwards. Whereas what you’re procrastinating about is spending half and hour to an hour on doing it. Everyone will procrastinate about that, but not many people will procrastinate about doing only 10 minutes of something.
Once you start, it releases the endorphins. Brian Tracy explains that as we complete tasks, it releases endorphins, it makes us feel better and very fulfilled.
Tip 3: Schedule things in and script your day
Brian Tracy talks about the importance of before you go to bed at night, script out your entire day and what you’re going to be doing. What’s going to happen before lunch, what’s going to happen after lunch, etcetera.
When you go to sleep at night, it drifts into your subconscious, and you wake up ready to tackle the day. It doesn’t work very well if you start the day, and then it gets to 11:00 and then you think to yourself “I’d better start planning,” because you’ve lost a big opportunity there. Those are three things.
So one is Eat the Frog, do the most difficult task first thing in the day. Two, commit to small fragments of time in order to get started with a task. Say to yourself, I am going to do 10 minutes on this task for now and that will be it. It will release those endorphins and give you the motivation to push forward. Three, schedule and script your day in advance.
That’s really powerful stuff there. To be honest, I have been doing some of these things for year, but when I read about them, it reminds me of how far I have come and why I’m able to get so much stuff done each week. This is how I have become a top earner in the industry.