Imagine waking up and having to eat a live frog before going about on your day’s work. It’s pretty much the worst thing that can happen to you for the rest of the day – once you’ve done that, everything seems easier and you can pretty much do anything!
Usually, the worst thing you have to do each day is your most pressing task. It’s the task that makes you sweat thinking about it, it’s that ugly, nasty, task that we don’t want to do, but it needs to be done. We usually shove it into the corner of our desk, look at it disgustingly and hope that it will hop away. That big stressful task, that’s your frog right there.
I don’t know about you, but this is how I usually work:
Step 1. Look at all my work due over the next week.
Step 2. Check which piece has the nearest deadline.
Step 3. Work on the most urgent pieces first.
Step 4. Leave the biggest task for last.
This probably one of the most unproductive ways of working possible – I think I’m placing importance on my biggest task by leaving it last, but in reality, I’m actually giving myself an excuse to procrastinate. By the time I’ve eliminated the smaller items off my to-do list, I’ve got no time left to focus on the bigger things and this just brings pressure and frustration to the table.
You should eat your frog first and get it out of the way before it gets fatter and more difficult to choke down because there’s no way it’s going to go away on its own.
“Your ability to select your most important task at each moment … and get it done both quickly and well will probably have more of an impact on your success than any other quality or skill you can develop.” – Brian Tracy, author of productivity book ‘EAT THAT FROG.’
Now that you know why you should eat a live frog every morning, here’s the full link to Brian Tracy’s e-book, with 21 ways on how you can make the most out of your meal.
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