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Eat that Frog Chapter – 2

Chapter - 2 - Plan Every Day in Advance

In this chapter Brian explains the importance of Planning in life. He quoted that every minute spend in planning will save 10 min of  execution. He has also stated six "P" formula which is "Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance ". Many successful people practice it every day. Planning is simple to do. Just grab your pen and paper and write down your planning list.

Make your planning list the night before, at the end of workday. Add the tasks which you have not yet accomplished on that day so that you can try to do those tasks next day. Also add the tasks which you are planning to do next day.  When you will sleep in night your subconscious mind will automatically work on this planning list. And its a huge possibility that you will get more creative ideas in morning to perform your task more efficiently.

There are different lists for different purpose. Brian describes to make 4 different kinds of list which I am going to summarize below for your perusal :

Master List :

In this we have to write down each and every thing which we want to do some time in the future. Here you capture every idea which pop up into your mind. We can say this list will help in planning at macro level.

Monthly List :

This list we have to make at the end of the month for month ahead. This may have task which you can copy from Master List.  So basically this is a subset of master list and more specific and time-bound.

Weekly List :

This list is where you plan your for the whole week ahead. This is more specific than monthly list.

Daily List:

Here we have to transfer task from monthly and weekly list into Daily task. These are the very specific tasks which we have to accomplish in that single day.

As you work through out your day. Tick off the items which you have finished. It will give your brain a sense of success. It will make you more happy and motivated when you check your completed task. When you have a big project or goal write all the tasks from the beginning to end that needs to be accomplished  to achieve the final goal. Organize these tasks according to their priority and prepare the sequence. Keep this paper in front of you so that every time you see, it reminds you of your remaining tasks. Pick up the task one at a time and complete it. In this way you will think more clearly and hence will be more productive.

As you work towards your goal, completing a task develops a positive momentum and helps in avoiding procrastination. It will give you more energy as well as maintains your enthusiasm and keeps you going ahead through out your day.

Brian describe 10/90 rule in which he said 10 percent of the time which we take for planning will save 90 percent of the time getting the job done.

So here in the end , the gist of this article is :

Plan your each day in advance

So even after  lots of hard work,

You can  feel energized

As well as you can still Dance !!


Hey Friends, hope you have enjoyed this chapter as well. This is an awesome read to feel motivated and will help in avoiding procrastination.

You can check this book here :

US Link :   Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy

India Link : Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy


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