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Eat the Frog

Eat the Frog

I ate the frog today, did you? If you have no idea what I’m talking about you’re not alone.  I first heard the phrase “eat the frog” from a friend who is a professional organizer. The phrase comes from a book by Brian Tracy called “Eat That Frog”.

Eating the frog and a few other momentum changing techniques are my secrets to getting so much done.

Of course there are some days I don’t feel like eating the frog. Then there are those amazing weeks like last week when I got most everything on my to do list finished. First, give yourself a break. Next apply the following suggestions and techniques to your day and watch your momentum rise!

So back to the frog and why you want to eat it. To eat the frog means you are tackling your biggest task first. This frog is usually a task that will give you the biggest results or maybe even be something you have been procrastinating for a while.

Instead of opening your email inbox first, answering phone calls, or other smaller tasks just eat the frog in one big bite. It might not taste good, but once you eat it you’ll have tons of momentum to tackle other smaller tasks.

Some examples of tasks to eat first thing in the morning are writing an article, recording a video, or implementing the home page of a new web site. The possibilities are endless and geared towards your type of business and needs. Once you’ve gotten the big task finished you will find yourself excited and ready to tackle everything on your to do list. But maybe you’re a little overwhelmed and wonder how to even structure your to do list.

For me, I don’t put too much on my to do list because otherwise I get very overwhelmed. Usually it’s about three to ten things I’d like to get done that day. Then I break these tasks down.

Even though I’m a high tech gal, I love my pen and spiral notebook. So I write everything down in my notebook. Next to each task I write how long it should take me to complete this task. For example to write an article it should take one hour. To create a project timeline should take thirty minutes. Then once I have the times for all of the tasks. I schedule the tasks for the day. So from nine o’clock to ten o’clock I will write my article. Then from ten o’clock to ten thirty I create the project timeline. As I’m going along I take note of the actual time it took me to complete the task. I don’t beat myself up if it took longer than expected. I just become aware of it and next time give myself more time for that task. Also, this helps me to stay out of email, social media, and other things that are not what I’m supposed to be doing during this time.

Then I celebrate! I’ve knocked out one big task and other tasks I wanted to complete that day. I think it’s important to celebrate your accomplishments in small ways, because no one else will do it unless you do. Whether it’s sending out a message on Twitter about how happy you are that you got it all done or rewarding yourself with a piece of candy. Make sure you do one little thing every day or at least take a few minutes to recognize your efforts.

So who’s ready to eat the frog in one big bite? Got any tips on how to make that frog taste better or how to get more things done? I would love to hear about it in the comment section below!

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