Blog Post # 82 – Eat That Frog

What is the one thing that you least want to do this day?

Do that first and you may end up getting a lot more done today.

Brian Tracy likens this approach to eating a frog.

Distasteful, but sometimes necessary.

This mindset stems from an old Mark Twain quote – as so many wise approaches to life generally do.  Twain said that if you eat a live frog first thing in the morning, you know that will be the worst thing that you had to do that day.

Over the years, I have tried many productivity hacks.  Tips or approaches to getting things done.

But eating that frog, i.e., tackling the day’s biggest challenge first, seems to be the most effective.

If we complete that one big, ornery task and nothing else that day, then at least we got the task completed and off our plate.  

But more often than not, there are other tasks that need completing and when we move past the big, hairy “to do,” it frees up our mind to go after our other tasks too.

With the stumbling block gone, lots more ends up getting done.

Time to go tackle today’s frog.

Yum.