“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” –Mark Twain
Bryan Tracy has written a book using this premise and discusses why we procrastinate. Basically, the idea is that you should do the thing you are most dreading first. Face it. Get it over with. And then your stress level will go down and your sense of accomplishment will go up. It is better to eat your frog first and not have to stare at it sitting on your plate all day.
We all have something we don’t want to deal with. Maybe it’s a conversation with an employee that keeps coming in late, or isn’t dressing appropriately for the office. Maybe it’s a notice from the IRS. Maybe it’s balancing the month’s financials and looking at your revenue and expenses. For me today, it was going for a run. Whatever it is, though, getting it out of the way can help clear your mind and allow you to be more present and focused throughout the rest of the day.
Eating your frog, first thing, will also give you a sense of accomplishment that can help with your mood and confidence throughout the rest of the day. Then when something else goes wrong (and how many days do we have where nothing at all goes wrong?) you’ve got some perspective and don’t have another, bigger thing sitting there waiting for you after you deal with the new thing.
So, identify your frog today, and eat it first! Try it out and please share your comments below.