Eat That Frog: Tackling Procrastination for Maximum Motivation
“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” – Mark Twain
Go ahead and exhale… no one’s going to ask you to eat a live frog today. You may, however, be faced with tasks that make frog-eating sound fun. What will you do when you’re faced with these tough tasks? Will you procrastinate? Or will you jump in and tackle it head-on?
In Brian Tracy’s book, Eat That Frog, he challenges the reader to think of the nastiest, ugliest, worst task that needs to be done. He then encourages us to start the day with the worst task on the to-do list… the “frog.”
“The most valuable tasks you can do each day are often the hardest and most complex,” Tracy writes. “But the payoff and rewards for completing these tasks efficiently can be tremendous.
Procrastination can be a motivation killer for every business professional. By putting off unpleasant tasks, you are letting them build up until they become so large, they seem impossible to tackle.
Everyone procrastinates. (For those who say they don’t, they are simply procrastinating admitting that they are a procrastinator.) Tracy asserts that, “the difference between high performers and low performers is largely determined by what they choose to procrastinate on.”
High performers will put off tasks that they see as being unimportant and not beneficial toward their goals. Low performers will distract themselves with meaningless tasks and “feel busy” while crucial tasks go unfinished.
So, how can you push past procrastination and get to the “frogs” in your life?
- Determine what needs to get done. Write it down and set a deadline for yourself.
- Plan your day. Preferably, at least the day before, sit down and put the “frog” task at the top of your list for the day.
- Break down the task into manageable pieces. You don’t have to tackle the whole thing in one day, but by breaking it down, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and motivation to continue.
- Focus on the results. The process may not be enjoyable, but the rewards of conquering that difficult task will make the process worthwhile.
- Reward yourself. After you finish that tough task, take a break and listen to your favorite song, watch a cat video on YouTube, or invite a friend to celebrate with you at lunch.
These are just a few small tips to help you tackle procrastination. Learn more about how to “Eat That Frog” by attending the workshop presented by FocalPoint business coach Justin Helman on December 10.
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