First, let me give credit where credit is due, which is to Mark Twain who said, “If you eat a frog first thing in the morning that will probably be the worst thing you do all day.” Uh, okay?!?!?! Gee, that sounds fun.
Let’s start with what a frog is. A quick way to better understand your frogs is to think of the tasks you need to do, but tend not to. Say hello to your frogs. To hammer it home:
Eat Your Frogs = Do your worst tasks first.
Worst = most important.
Most important = tasks you tend to put off.
Your frog (worst or most important task) could be very different each day based on your work landscape. Frogs often need structure and habits to ensure completion (…or consumption?). It is common to put off your frogs until the end of the day, spend time thinking about them (while not completing them) and even rolling them over to the next day. The frogs usually just get uglier and harder to eat. The stress builds. Chewy, stale frogs? No thank you.
It is not just about completing those tasks first thing; it is about feeling like a rock star afterward. It frees up the rest of your day to do other things that are often more enjoyable or less stressful. You will gain momentum and a sense of accomplishment. Insert air guitar solo here!