Mark Twain must have had his eye on me about a century and a half ago.
He said …
If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning.
And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.
He’s telling us that if we have a list of tasks for the day, get the worst one’s completed first. By doing that we can approach the rest of the day knowing that the worst (eating frogs) is over.
I have a list for Monday, all admin type things and I hate admin – hate it. Give me something technical to do and I will work on it from dawn to dusk and beyond.
But a simple office task – yuk! I will put it off and off and off. My accountant usually steps in and either sets a deadline or simply presents a set of figures and asks if I agree – he knows me too well. But I can’t this time.
In my case, the office is not where my heart is, but it is where my biggest frogs are, so guess what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow.
And what about your frogs. What tasks do you often put off as much as possible.