Mark Twain once said “If you eat a frog first thing in the morning, the rest of your day will be wonderful.” I have also heard Brian Tracy train on the “Eat That Frog Principe”. It basically means to take care of the projects or tasks that you do not want to do (or enjoy doing less than others) first and foremost in order to be more productive the rest of the day.
I really struggle with this principle. I love to have fun & I need to feel passionate about what I am doing to enjoy it. If a project or task is not fun to me, I have a really hard time motivating myself to start on it, much less complete it. I will dance around that project on my to do list all day (or all week) long. This can often leave me scrambling to get things done last-minute or feeling overwhelmed with all I have to do.
Think about the tasks, projects or chores that you least enjoy doing. If you are like most of us, you will put those off until last. Often times, we end up staying so busy trying to avoid eating our frogs that we end up not accomplishing the tasks we actually enjoy or really need to take care of.
It can be very hard to balance all that life throws at us. We don’t need to make it harder on ourselves by wasting time or avoiding what needs to be done just because we don’t want to do it or don’t enjoy doing it.
If “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” then I guess “a frog a day keeps inefficiency away”. Let’s all add some frogs to our breakfast menu and improve the health of our households and businesses.
What about you? What are the “frogs” you struggle eating on a regular basis? What tips do you have to share with us on how you “eat your frogs”? Please leave a comment below and if you liked this post, I would love it if you would share it!
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