A neat desk as a prerequisite for success


Successful people don’t try to do everything but rather learn how to focus on the most important tasks and fully complete them-says Brian Tracy, one of the leaders in development of human potential and personal efficiency in America. One of his best-selling books is titled ‘Eat That Frog!’

Start your day with the most difficult task

There is an old saying that if you eat a live frog early in the morning, you will feel pleasure from knowing that it is probably the worst thing that could happen to you that day. ‘’Eat that frog!” is a metaphor for starting the  day with the most difficult and challenging task, one you would most likely postpone, but at the same time the one that could have the most positive effect on your life.
In his book ‘Eat That Frog!’ Brian Tracy provides us with guidelines on how to organize our day, accomplish more in less time, and at the same time focus on that which really matters.
-Identify the three key goals in every aspect of your life. Prioritize them. Plan how to accomplish them and review those plans on a daily basis. You will be astounded by what you will achieve in the following months and years.

Preparation is key

In order to overcome procrastination you need to prepare well, just as you do when you cook.
-Prepare the necessary ingredients. Start by clearing up your desk or workspace so that you have only one task at hand. If necessary place everything else on the floor, Tracy advises.  Let everything you need be within reach so that you don’t need to get up and walk around. Organize your workspace so that it is neat, appealing and suitable for longer work. It is very important that you have a comfortable chair which gives your back a much needed support and enables you to rest your feet on the floor.

One glance at the desk changes everything

It is surprising how many books remain unwritten, how many degrees are not obtained, and how many life-changing tasks are not attempted because people fail at the first step, that is, they don’t prepare in advance.
Once you have finished preparation, focus immediately on your goals, Tracy adds.
-My personal rule is to finish 80 % of the total work the way it should be done and then fix everything that hasn’t been done properly.  Be prepared to fail several times before you do everything right. Look at your desk and office. Ask yourself what type of a person works in an environment such as this one? The neater your workspace is the more positive, productive and confident you’ll feel. Make a decision today and clear out your desk and office so as to feel capable, efficient and ready to begin work whenever you sit at it.

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