Do you have issues procrastinating tasks that you know should really get done? Those items you just know you should do, but you find excuses, other meaningless tasks, social media, emails, and anything else to NOT do the task? Then at the end of the day we feel bad inside, knowing we really need to get this done. Or if a deadline is coming up, then we wait until the last moment, then madly try to get everything done at the last minute, and our work is sloppy, frenetic and we are not having fun.
I think we all have. Actually, I think I’ll put off writing this blog for another day ….????
OK that happens often. Now how to get over that hurdle?
I’ve found 2 excellent tools to assist. One is the book Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy, and the other is a Hemi-sync meditation that within 30 minute gets me excited to take on the task I did not want to do! Ok, read now, no procrastinating!
I can’t wait to finish this blog!!!!
Eat That Frog!
My absolute favorite book (and it gets me moving) on the topic of procrastination is the Eat That Frog! Now that may not sound appetizing but it has 21 really good ways to stop procrastinating and to get more done in less time. It’s a quick read, I read it in a couple of hours, and then it summarizes the 21 methods. I read those often and get excited. You can get it cheap right here.
So your frog is that really important task, or tasks, that if you do it, will provide the most benefit and productivity for your day. The analogy is of eating a frog …. if you know you need to eat a frog, and you get that over with first thing in the day, then everything else will be easier from that point on. So the idea is to eat your most important frog or frogs first, then do other items later.
The really exciting part of all of these ideas is that the human brain and body is hardwired to produce endorphins, opiates and makes us feel good inside when we do this. We are genetically charged to produce these chemicals when we complete and finish an important task. When we develop the habit of tackling and taking on our most important and beneficial tasks, we feel like winners. It makes us happy. We get energy.
The completion of any important task triggers the release of these chemicals such as endorphins in our brain. This gives us a natural high. I get excited every time I reread that section, and it works!!
I took a walk down to the local lake, and there was a cute little frog sitting by the reeds along the side. I had to add him to the blog!
Eat That Frog Cards
I find that repitition helps me to remember things. If I read a good book, and then put it down and never go back, I usually forget everything! There are some that I have found to be really helpful.
The cards are a bit like flash cards that some of us had to use when we were younger to memorize our math facts. These Eat That Frog cards remind me of the different practices I can deploy to overcome procrastination. Get your set here. Whenever I’m feeling unmotivated or stuck, I just get one of these out, and voila, I actually want to do that task. Then it is fun!
Do This Now – Hemi-sync
The Hemi-Sync technology, which I describe in depth under the music and meditations blog, slows our brains down. Then what we hear and learn gets set deep in our brains. The scientists have found that when we go to that deep state of mental calmness or slow brain activity, that we can learn and develop new habits with astonishing speed.
So the Do This Now audio actually sets up our brains to be motivated to accomplish whatever task we focus on. Imagine that you are stuck, sit down or lay down and listen to the audio for 30 minutes, then with a deep breath say the phrase “Plus – do this now” and find all the motivation and energy to get started right away! I use this often to get inspired and motivated.
I use this for those important tasks such as writing that article or blog, doing that spreadsheet, going for a workout, cooking and eating a nutritious meal, and any other activity you may need to do that day. You can purchase and download your audio file here. You can also click the image below to get your copy.
Eat That Frog example
So I woke up the other morning, and really didn’t feel like writing this blog. I wanted to get it done first thing in the morning, to eat my first frog, and then get energized for the rest of the day. I caught myself reading emails, checking social media, and numerous other tasks that were not in the plan … just delaying tactics.
I then went to my meditation center in my room, lay down and listened to the Hemi-Sync “Plus – Do this now” audio with my airpods. It takes 30 minutes. The amazing audio inspires me, and it instructs us to take a deep breath, use the phrase “Plus, do my procrastination blog now!”, then blow out as though I am blowing out a candle.
Next I opened the Eat That Frog book to pages 3 and 4, and reread the section on the fact that doing the most important task first thing in the morning releases the endorphins and opiates, and gives me a natural high. I’m feeling great now, inspired, and I right this blog in under an hour!
The activity of eating my frog first in my daily routine is most definitely habit forming. I’m loving feeling the endorphins and energy surge. I’ve trained myself to do that, and now I have a new habit. You can do this too!
Quit Procrastinating NOW!!
So quit procrastinating NOW!!! Get those most important tasks done first thing by eating your frog. That will release the endorphins, natural opiates and you will feel great! That is empowering and catapults you to do that next task, eat that next frog, and suddenly you are unstoppable!
Eating your frogs is a great way to live life. Get empowered, get that surge of energy, motivation and know you are crushing it. Available now in book form. Add the audio file and watch yourself do things that you previously resisted! Easily develop new habits of taking on your toughest tasks with energy and enthusiasm.
To your success!!!