You have them. I know you do. Those things that you really just don’t enjoy (or even hate) doing. You’re always pushing these things to the bottom of the to-do list. Maybe you have a mundane repeating task that you dread every month. Or maybe you have to have a difficult conversation with someone. Or maybe this thing is just so big that you don’t even want to think about looking at it.
We call these things frogs.
My frog is usually related to paperwork. Writing proposals, contracts, record keeping, etc. (you know – those things that are pretty critical to business operations…). I love talking about all the details, but I don’t love getting it all down on paper. I even created slick templates for everything so I can get all it done pretty quickly, but a frog is just a frog, no matter how I look at it. It’s a big fat frog.
“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” ― Mark Twain
Um, yeah – I can’t really argue with that.
In the book Eat That Frog! (an oldie but goodie by Brian Tracy), the concept is to tackle the thing you’re most resisting first thing in the day. Just get the damn thing over with. Eat the frog.
And eat the biggest frog first…the one you REALLY don’t want to eat. Sure, it’s really tempting to knock off the other smaller frogs first (it’s faster that way, right?), but that’s not nearly as effective, and you’ll still have that big ugly frog staring you in the face.
Once the hardest thing on your list is behind you, the rest of the day looks a whole lot better.
Sounds pretty simple, right? Sure it is, but don’t let that make you think it will be EASY (simple does not always equal easy). But I guarantee, if you use this practice and stick with it, you’ll see that it works phenomenally well.
Here’s a tip:
Each day, I have a list of the 3 Most Important Things I have to do (I call them MITs) that day. It sits on my desk, right in front of my computer where I can’t miss it. These are things that absolutely have to get done, no matter what, and they are often my frogs. My MIT list keeps me focused – so when I get distracted, I come back to this list and remember what’s important. If I slip up and don’t always get the frog done first thing, I can still come back to that list and get back on track.
And let me tell you, it feels GREAT to check those off my list and move on.
So let’s eat frogs together, shall we? And when you do, I want you to tell me all about it.
photo credit: Jean-Jacques Boujot