I don’t mean a physical frog. I mean your emotional frog. Or something like that.
Eat That Frog is actually a book about productivity by Brain Tracy. I’m not here to talk about the whole book as I’ve not actually read the whole thing, but I want to talk about the title: The theory of eating your frog. Which inspired the book, was originally by Mark Twain.
Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worse things that is going to happen to you all day long. Your frog is your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it.
We’ve all been there – when we have a list of tasks to do, it’s so easy to do the ones we WANT to do first. Or the easiest, or the ones that are less stressful. Then you leave the worst until last and as your energy is already half spent, you want to do them even less than before.
This can then lead to procrastination, which is such a productivity killer.
This is why, whenever you have a list of things to d0 – whether at work at home, do the task you are dreading the most first.
This means you can get on with your day without being distracted by that feeling of dread that can stop us focusing on the rest of our to-do list. It also makes the rest of the day slightly more enjoyable.
So this is a short reminder for you to get those dreaded tasks over with first thing, then enjoy the rest of the day!