Eat that Frog

I’m up to my eye balls in self-help books that I have on the go right now! I bought a book on procrastination called “Eat That Frog”  for my husband last week (apparently that was rude) and I decided to give it a little look-see myself.

Great book, but just to save you the $13 ..here are the cliff notes:

Mark Twain once said  “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” The book was based around this premise.

It quoted various studies which indicated the biggest difference between those who are successful and those who are not is that successful people generally do the biggest and most difficult tasks first to get them out of the way, instead of putting them off.

Eat that Frog.  I love this analogy because it is simple and easy.  The book suggests making a to-do list EVERYDAY and to pick the biggest and most important job on the list. This is your “FROG”. Then you eat it! By that it means simply do this job first before anything else.  If you have two frogs, eat the ugliest first.

Some of the hardest working people I know tend to put off the “crappy” jobs until the last minute, which always means things go undone or mistakes are made.  Looking at that ugly gross frog all day while you think about having to eat it is only making the job worst.  Just open up, get it done and go on with your day!

So, what is the frog you need to eat today? I know mine… I forgot to eat it today. I guess I’ll have to eat two tomorrow 🙂