If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.
Mid-semester means mid-terms, midnight studying, and mid-afternoon energy slumps. Sadly, there’s no trick to getting out of those tasks you’d rather avoid. The only thing you can do is work hard and tackle one task at a time.
One way of getting started is to identify the biggest, greenest, ugliest frog you face. A frog is that task that would go the longest way in helping you achieve your goals, but also the one you wish you could just avoid forever. Maybe it’s re-writing your messy history notes, making those flash cards for psychology, or meeting with your instructor for extra help. Maybe it’s going to the grocery store so you don’t have to take as much time sitting in the drive thru lane at your favorite fast food place. Or maybe the frog in your life today is gathering up all your syllabi and getting all your upcoming assignments, quizzes, and tests updated in your planner. Frogs aren’t usually fun to eat, but once you do, the rest of your day can only get better.
In his book, Eat that frog: 21 great ways to stop procrastinating and get more done in less time, Brian Tracy helps you not only identify the frogs in your life, but also ways to improve your productivity. Here are a few thoughts to get you started:
- Focus on Key Results Areas
- What are your big picture goals?
- What tasks do you need to accomplish next to help you make progress on these goals?
- Plan Everyday in Advance
- What do you need to do today to help you reach your goals?
- Ask Yourself These 3 Questions for Maximum Productivity
- What are my highest value activities?
- What can I and only I do that if done well will make a real difference?
- What is the most valuable use of my time right now?
- The Great Question
- What one skill, if I developed and did it in excellent fashion, would have the greatest positive impact on my goals/career/life?
- Learn your Special Talents
- There are frogs that you can eat or learn to eat that make you one of the most important people in your organization/career.
- Key Activities
- Use a time planner
- Schedule blocks of time
- Make every minute count
So when you wake up tomorrow, dreading all the tasks you don’t want to do, remember sometimes the secret to success is to Eat That Frog!!