Friday, 5 November 2010

Have you eaten your frog?



There's a saying (how old/authentic I can't say) that goes:
'If the first thing you do when you wake up is eat a live frog, then the rest of the day can only improve.'*


Similarly, according to author Brian Tracy if you tackle the most important, scary or difficult task on your to-do list first, before you check your emails or surf the web or open post - the rest of the day can only get better. Plus, you've got your main task - the one you might otherwise be tempted to procrastinate - out of the way.

We published this book at my old workplace, and some of us actually began to use the phrase in normal conversations: 'I've got such a frog to eat' or 'Can't come to lunch, I haven't eaten my frog'. Today I ate 2 frogs: made a scary phone call and called to chase an invoice. I have another frog that I've left half-eaten, but I think I should be able to eat it in another week or so.

What about you? Have you eaten today's frog?

* No frogs were harmed in the writing of this post.

3 comments:

  1. I like it! And already know what tomorrow's frog is (sigh!).

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  2. but the trauma of the frog can ripple into the rest of the day and ruin it (written while surfing the web before doing a task I have been long-fingering)

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  3. IGA, thanks. R: a poisoned frog, eh? Sounds nasty! But for me, the frog is far more venomous before it is swallowed ...

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