“Eat a live frog every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”
— Mark Twain
Of course the concept of eating your frog originated with Mark Twain, but recently others have really been able to run with it. For instance, in the book Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy, he explains how to use this concept to get more done by stopping your procrastinating.
How to Find Your Frog
The frog you eat is basically the one thing (or the top thing) on your to-do list that you dread the most. For me, that would be washing the dishes. I absolutely hate washing dishes. And I even have a dishwasher.
This doesn’t have to be a household chore, either. It could be anything that you procrastinate doing. For some people, this could be exercising or running certain errands that need to be done.
No matter what it is, the first step in helping yourself is to find your frog. This might be something very easy for you to identify. You might even already know what it is.
If you do need some help in finding your frog, you may want to check out the Eat That Frog book. Or, you could simply look at a typical to-do list for you and see which of the items on it that you feel like pushing to the bottom of the list day after day. You could also look around at the end of the day and see what you always fail to accomplish.
How to Eat Your Frog
Once you have found your frog, the next step is to eat it. This means that you need to make sure that whatever you have decided your frog is, gets done first.
In the morning or whenever you tackle the long list of things you need to get done, pick your MITs (most important tasks). Your MITs are the top 3 things that you absolutely have to get done that day. These tasks may change each day or could be the same.
When you get your MITs picked out, choose the worst item from that list. You may have the same frog each day or just like your list of MITs, it could change. The important thing is to find and eat your frog first.
After you get that one item crossed off, you will feel not only a huge relief, but also like you really accomplished something. The rest of your day (and your list) will go so much better.
What is your frog? Leave a comment below telling us how you get it done.
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