I know I haven’t posted on this blog in a while, but I really feel that I wrote everything good about this book I could. I wrote why it works and how it works, but more good than I ever imagined came from this book. I haven’t wrote anything in a long time about this book, but I still read it frequently, and I have made so many great changes in my life because of it.
By using this book to cure my procrastination, I have been able to make time for things I really enjoy doing, like working on websites, spending more time with my friends and family, reading, and just relaxing.
So here is one way I am able to get so much from my day. Creating a daily schedule.
Here’s how you do it. First list all of the activities you need to get done daily and assign a time to them. Example below:
Shower, get ready for the day, eat breakfast – 45 min
Go to work – 15 min
Work – 9 hours
Come home from work – 15 min
Eat dinner – 1 hour
Work on websites – 1 hour
Run errands – 1 hour
Do work around the house – 1 hour
Read – 30 min
Then schedule the activities in your day. You generally only have to do this once if your main activities stay the same every day.
So it might look like this:
6:45: Shower, get ready for the day, eat breakfast – 45 min
7:40: Go to work – 15 min
8:00: Work – 9 hours
5:00: Come home from work – 15 min
5:20: Eat dinner – 1 hour
6:25: Run errands – 1 hour
7:30: Do work around the house – 1 hour
8:40: Work on websites – 1 hour
10:30: Read – 30 min
Notice I add 5-10 minutes to each activity. This is a good idea because it creates a sort of buffer zone if you need (or want) extra time with an activity.
But you may be asking what about things like doctor’s appointments? Well here is another time when the buffer zone works for your favor, because you added 5-10 minutes to all of your activities, you in theory have at least an extra 30 minutes of just idle time. Also you can often reduce the times of things such as running errands or doing work around the house when need be.
By scheduling your daily activities, even leisure activities, you get rid of a lot of idle time and really focus on your priorities. Yours will likely look much different from mine above, and also your weekend schedule should be drastically different.
So back to Eat That Frog, while this method was not directly taught in the book, the principles behind it were. The teachings from Eat That Frog allowed me to create many system like this one that kill my procrastination, improve my efficiency, get more stuff done, and overall be happier with my life. So definitely check it out on amazon.com here.