I was at a conference a few years ago, and Brian Tracy was the Keynote speaker. Mr. Tracy spoke about frog eating.
His program started with this: Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst things that is going to happen to you all day long. Your “frog” is your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it.
I have tried to practice this approach ever since I heard him speak. I say try because I am not always successful. Take this blog, for instance. I should have completed this a couple of weeks ago. Every morning I would come in and say to myself, write your blog first thing, eat that frog, and get it over with. Then I would look at email and let those smaller email items take over. I did that because I did not have a creative idea for a blog. If I had eaten that frog, looked around, thought about some of my client successes or issues, I could have come up with an idea. Instead, I willfully let myself get distracted. The distraction was not helpful, the blog got written late, I continued to be stressed out about it, my boss was not happy it was late, it has thrown the blog posting schedule off, and nothing was made better.
I am going to get back to eating frogs first thing in the morning because our goal here at SOS is to make things better, better for our clients, better for each other, and better for the community.
If you want to learn more about Mr. Tracy and why frog eating is important his website is here: https://www.briantracy.com/blog/time-management/the-truth-about-frogs/
A couple of other hints from Mr. Tracy:
- If You Have To Eat Two Frogs, Eat The Ugliest One First
- If You Have To Eat A Live Frog At All, It Doesn’t Pay To Sit And Look At It For Very Long
Whew… this is now done, the frog is eaten, and I do feel better.