Since listening to Brian Tracy’s book Eat That Frog on Audible several years ago I have been an ardent ‘frog-eater’.
If you have not previously come across this concept, I understand you may be perplexed.
The connection between procrastination and eating frogs becomes clear when our most avoided tasks become our metaphorical frogs. No one wants to eat a 'frog', but down one first thing in the morning and every other task feels lighter.
In an earlier article of mine 'Frogs Can De-Rail Transitions' I outline some of the risks of procrastination and simple tips to help to overcome procrastination.
Many of us delay ‘eating the frog’, finding any number of reasons not to delay:
The trouble with not eating our frogs on a daily basis is that they sit there, piling up in our inbox or tray. They gather dust and take up precious bandwidth in our brain.
When we choose to ignore a task that must be done, we are giving our brain more work. It has to store these frogs, plus monitor and stress about the diminishing timelines.
As we approach the final 46 working days to Christmas, give yourself a break and eat a ‘frog’ every morning. Make it the first thing you do when you arrive at work.
We can all relate to the feeling of elation we close off a task that we have been avoiding.
The prescription for a prolonged case of procrastination is to ‘eat’ a frog each morning.
Feel great as you arrive at COB 2019 - eat the frogs and you will clear your inbox, intray and brain bandwidth in time for a more relaxed Christmas.
My frogs over the next 46 days come under the banner of my transformation under the Australian Government Small Business Digital Champions Project.
(note: no actual frogs were harmed in the making of this post)
What frogs will you be eating over the next 46 days?