Do You Eat That Live Frog?
Sounds disgusting, right? Obviously, I am speaking metaphorically. Many of you may be familiar with eating the frog for breakfast as a strategy for getting things done. In case you aren’t familiar or want a refresher, it actually comes from an old saying, if you eat a live frog first thing in the morning, nothing worse will happen the rest of the day. A pretty safe assumption, I’d say. That frog has come to mean the most important or difficult thing that needs to get done.
There are always some tasks we would like to tick off of our to-do list as soon as possible and that if accomplished would help us feel better, but are so unmotivating for any number of reasons, they keep getting put off. Selecting that one big, difficult task and getting it done first leaves us with plenty of energy to tackle many other to do’s. So they say.
That’s the theory and that’s what I am always reminding myself when faced with a frog. What do I do? Well, I don’t eat frogs. I’m one of those exceptions. You see, I have an aversion to clutter or anything I define as clutter. That usually means a myriad of little things that need doing, but not critical in the moment. Along with this lesser list comes a frog. In my mind, I always think that if all of those lesser tasks were out of the way, I can really focus on the main thing. Every time a frog situation comes along, I go about Marie Kondo-ing the clutter so I can zone in on that one important item.
I’d bet Brian Tracy and all those other frog eaters would be pulling their hair out reading my formula for getting stuff done. Seriously, it works for me and that’s what matters.
There are two morals to this:
One: It is important to be open to exploring different avenues. You never know when you might stumble upon a real gem.
Two: Still, the bottom line is you just gotta do what works best for you.
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