The basic idea from this book by Brian Tracy – Eat that Frog – Ways to Stop Procrastination
Brian Tracy’s ABCDE Method:
1. Make a list of all of your To Do’s.
2. Go through the list and put one of these letters (ABCDE) by each item
“A” items are your key tasks. There will be major consequences if you don’t complete these. Start on these first.
A “B” item is “Should Do” but is not as important as an “A” item. There are only mild consequences to not completing these tasks. The consequences are only short-lived.
“C” tasks have no consequences. They’re nice to do, but not essential. They will not contribute to your long-term success in your personal life or career.
D’s need to be completed but should be given to someone else. In one word – delegate. The only time you should spend on these tasks is the amount of time it takes you to figure out someone to delegate the task to.
“E” stands for eliminate. You can eliminate these tasks and there will be no consequences.
The CAS Approach:
What we would add is to score each task in each category by:
- How much you HATE doing them
- How good you are at doing them
The “eat the frog idea” is to start with the A tasks you dread and do that first.
Our idea would be to look at all the tasks and outsource what you hate doing or can’t do well.