“If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that it’s probably the worst thing you’ll do all day.
According to Brian Tracy, “eating frogs” is a fun way to refer to overcoming procrastination.
There are 21 practices outlined in this book. All of them are immediately practicable for those interested in being more effective in the time that they have.
Do you fit this description?
If so, you may be looking for the “5 Easy Steps to Get More Done.”
I know I’ve clicked those articles before hoping there was some shortcut.
However, the one habit that could outshine all the others in the book may be the toughest of them all.
Here it is, start every work day by doing the most difficult task first.
Implementing this habit rids your day of procrastination.
As an interesting aside, the psychology of procrastinating is a fascinating topic. Here are two links, first to a fun Ted talk (Instant Gratification Monkey!), and second, a PsychologyToday article titled 10 Things to Know About Procrastination.
So to develop this habit, Tracy says there are seven steps that combine to maximize your capacity to scarf down that big, ugly frog first thing in the morning.
- Written List. This is a pre-emptive habit, ending your day or week by writing down what needs to happen the next time you start gets your subconscious mind aware of the next challenge to be faced.
- Reprioritization. The list you have has a number of first priorities, identifying them, and using the 80/20 rule to identify what is the highest value for the effort. This is the first point in this week’s video.
- The choice. Select a single task that is among your highest priorities and has the most serious potential consequences from either getting it done or being left undone.
- Assembly. Still the day or week before, you’ll want to gather the information or tools you’ll need and put them where you can get started right away the next morning.
- Workspace. The final preparation piece beforehand, you clear your workspace so that it is only you and your frog.
- Discipline. This aspect is simply a willpower exercise, but if it is the first challenge of the day, your willpower hasn’t been depleted yet by distractions.
- 21 days. Tracy writes that if one will do these 7 steps every day for 21 straight days you will literally double your productivity in less than a month.
The way in which this chapter of the book ends is certainly motivating to me, and I hope it is to you too.
Develop the habit of doing the most difficult task first and you’ll never look back. You’ll become one of the most productive people of your generation.
So what frog are you going to eat?
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