Alex tweeted about the Eat That Frog movie yesterday. I read Eat That Frog!: Get More of the Important Things Done, Today! at some point last year, and found this video to be a good reminder of some of the key points.
As a result I also reviewed the notes I made when I was reading the book and picked up a few things that I've let drift over the last few months, namely:
Apply the 80/20 rule to everything - Resist the temptation to clear up small items first and before starting a task always ask "Is this task in the top 20% of my activities or in the bottom 80%?
Obey the law of forced efficiency -
Question 1: What are my highest value activities?
Question 2: What can I and only I do that, if done well, will make a real difference?
Question 3: What is the most valuable use of my time right now?
Put the pressure on yourself - Imagine every day that you have just received an emergency message and that you will have to leave town tomorrow for a month. What would you absolutely have to get done? Whatever it is, go to work on that task right now.
I have made a note to re-watch this and re-read my notes every 6 months to review how I'm doing.