Written by Sharon Lee.
"Eat a live frog every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day." - Mark Twain
I eat a frog almost every morning. Sometimes there is more than one frog, and I have to choose the juiciest one, but either way, a frog or two is getting eaten. Sound disgusting? Well, it definitely is hard to swallow. Wonk wonk. Please excuse my poor humor.
Eating the frog is an expression that simply means, do the thing that you're dreading the most, first. That way the rest of your day is cleared and you can handle your other tasks with some ease. This is a productivity trick that I've used for many many years and it has always served me well. If you're a constant thinker like I am, you know what I mean. That thing that you're dreading the most follows you around like a black cloud and until you tackle it head on, the rest of your day is colored with this feeling of unease. Everything else that you do ends up getting pushed back a little bit further, you start slowing down, and you are just dreading that big, ugly, thing. If I don't take care of that matter first, I pretty much end up complaining about that one thing all day. So, with some exception (say, if there are other higher priority items or if I need to wait for something else to get done before tackling the bigger project) I try to eat the frog first thing in the morning.
Do you eat the frog? What other productivity hacks do you have? Please share in the comments below, I'd love to hear!