Eat The Frog

How often has this happened to you……there is a presentation that you are due to give at 8 A.M. tomorrow.  You have it on your list but there are many easier and non-critical items that you can cross off much faster so you put off working on the presentation.  Now it is getting later in the day and you cannot put it off any longer.  Has this presentation being wearing on you all day?  In this now state of urgency are you putting you and your company’s best foot forward?

Now imagine I have just placed a very large and ugly 10 pound frog in your lap.  You must eat this frog by the end of the day or the world as you know it will end (sound familiar?).  When will you eat the frog?

The frog represents the one or two things that you must accomplish before the end of the day.  By procrastinating you will essentially be carrying around a 10 pound frog all day.  Imagine how heavy he is and how much you have to accommodate him while knowing all day that you must eat him.  You must bring him to all your meetings, share a lunch with him and have him staring at you all day.  Time is an expiring resource – how much have you wasted putting off eating the frog?

Imagine now that you have a project that is due at the end of the day and you work on it first thing in the morning.  You accomplish your project and no longer have to think about it for the rest of the day.  Does it feel different eating your frog first thing in the morning?

I challenge you to stop procrastinating and immediately tackle the project, conversation, etc. that is holding you back.  If you still can’t do it, we can give you the techniques and skills to get it done with time to properly review your work.

Eat the Frog!  (Adapted from Brian Tracy, “Eat that Frog:  21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time”.)

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