“Eat a live frog every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” -Mark Twain
Makes no fucking sense yet does it? I didn’t to me to begin with but, “eat the frog” basically means do your shitist, most bullshit but must do task at the start of the day. The frog is that one thing you have on your to-do list that you have absolutely no motivation to do and that you’re most likely to procrastinate on. Eating the frog means to just do it.
Start the day getting the worst tasks out the way because once that one task is done, the rest of the day will be a sweet af ride (in theory) and you will get both momentum, a sense of accomplishment and a clear mind at the beginning of your day. Leaving an important must do task like this just eats into your brain power, ends up weighing on our mind, becoming heavier and heavier building pressure and stress.
What is my Frog?
- Write or look at your “to do list”
- Pick three important and must do fuckers on your list
- Choose the shitist one of the three and eat that frog.
There’s no shortcuts to this technique, it quite simply is to just do it. Pull up your socks and do it. To be successful at this technique and be more effective with your to-do list, it is very important to develop the habit of tackling your major task first thing each morning and keep doing it.
Finding your Frog
How to organise your tasks to focus on your frog.
A few days ago we wrote a post on Eat the frog ( if you don’t know what this means scroll back and see the post on “what the fuck is eating your Frog”), but as a young professional I can guarantee you will have Frogs. Mine in the past have been writing up minutes, writing my development reports, and any data mining the big dogs have asked for.
Your to do list can be whatever the fuck you like (more on “to do lists” coming) but in order to find that frog you need to break down your list:
Things you don’t want to do, but actually need to do – Important task so eat Now
Things you want to do and actually need to do – Eat later
Things you want to do, but actually don’t need to do – Delegate or Eliminate
Things you don’t want to do, and actually don’t need to do – Delegate or Eliminate
Ding dong – your frogs are the things you don’t want to do, but actually need to do.