Mark Twain said, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen the rest of the day!” A lot of truth to that!
You can read about eating frogs and how it helps you be more productive here on this blog.
The “frog” is one of those tasks you have to do, but don’t want to do. It’s getting something done that will get you one step closer to your goal, but isn’t exciting in the least (except to check it off your to-do list!).
I don’t know about you, but I have lots of experience with procrastination. I would probably consider myself having mastered it. The problem is, procrastination gets in the way of all of the other things I want to accomplish. And I want to be productive as much as I can be.
I’m currently in school (for my doctoral degree) and so I have at least 6 articles or more to read each week and lots of writing every week. I also have an awesome full-time job working with college students. I blog twice a week, and I have a family and fun time and regular chores all part of my life. If I procrastinate, there is no way I am going to get half of those things done.
You probably have a similar list of all the “jobs,” fun, family, and responsibilities in your life. I would guess you’d like to be more productive as well.
I have found that by eating the frog first, I start off my day with a big win, taking one thing that was hanging over my head and checking it off my list. And with that one “frog” out of the way, I start to get on a roll. By doing the thing I least want to do first, I also free up a lot of mental energy by not fretting any longer about getting rid of the frog. Then as a reward, I can do something I’m excited about.
I don’t always get to the frog first thing, but when I do, I have a much better day. The sense of dread that hangs over me when there’s something I don’t want to do can get overwhelming if I don’t swiftly get that one task accomplished.
How about you? I’d love to know…
- What is your frog?
- What is one thing you dread doing that if you could tackle it first thing, you could move on with joy to the more exciting tasks?
- How would your reward yourself?
I’d love to know on Facebook here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also tweet me @Zinjenzo.
Make it a great “frog eating” day! Thanks for reading!