Eat your Frog

The Importance of Eating Your Frog

Gina Trapani from FastCompany has most recently noted the importance of what was famously quoted by Mark Twain, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Excellently noted by Gina, is how important it is to tackle your “worst” task first thing the morning, to ensure that the remainder of your day runs as smoothly as possible.

We have all found ourselves in this situation, we lay in bed after coming home from work dreading beginning whatever task or project lays in waiting for us when we go back to work the next day. We arrive at work, only to see that particular task we dread, and push it to the side to get our coffee, check our e-mails, start a menial task… and we keep pushing that dreaded task aside until we absolutely must start it. What are we left with? An unfulfilled day, possibly a completed task that you rushed to finish and a stressed-out ride back home.

The words of wisdom and insight here from Gina Trapani really hold true in all of our day-to-day lives. Before you even begin to think about pushing that “frog” aside, and in turn attempting to complete yet another task, get down to business and get that frog out of your way. Allowing for your day to be free and clear of that mental obstacle that was blocking your work-path. When you take certain measures to ensure that the frog at hand is completed with a strong demeanor of actually wanting to complete the project, and not just one of having to complete it, you will find yourself actually being proud of what you have accomplished, and may even look forward to your next big task. Your mental outlook can literally change your entire mindset… and you can start by eating the frog that threatens to burden your day.