“Eat Your Frogs For Breakfast”

frogYesterday I attended a Time and Priority Management session and one of the topics that came up for discussion was procrastination, the act of putting off, delaying or deferring an action or task to a later time or date.

I suspect many of us, in business, are guilty of this to some degree but, hopefully, not that often. I know I, for one, have procrastinated in the past. In fact, I put off a task to attend that morning’s session in the first place.

Anyway, one of the attendees shared a technique with the rest of us which she referred to as “Eating your frogs for breakfast”. It is a term I was unfamiliar with although, I now know, it is a widely accepted method for aiding your productivity.

It is actually based on a quote attributed to Mark Twain, who said,

“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”

So the idea is that you start your day by doing a number of the tasks you have been putting off for whatever reason. By achieving this, the day ahead seems brighter and your productivity soars. I can see the psychology behind it and will be giving it a try over the next few weeks to see how I get on.

So, pass ‘les grenouilles’ (that’s French for frogs by the way), I’m feeling hungry.

Have a great day, all.

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Bob Thomson is an IT professional with over 20 years experience in the industry having worked as a Consultant, Director, Manager and Trainer. He has vast experience using Microsoft software packages as an individual and in businesses situations.

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