That’s what I should have done today. But now it’s 2:40pm, I’m in a coffee shop, and the last thing I want to do is eat a frog.
No, not a literal frog. Although I would. Fuck it, you only live once, right?
Eating the Frog is a concept. It was first popularized by Brian Tracey in his book: “Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time“. What a surprise huh?
So what does it mean?
Well, Eating the Frog is a metaphor for doing something you won’t enjoy. Tracey argues the first thing you should do each day is eat the frog first.
I tend to agree, for a few reasons:
End the dread. By definition, Eating the Frog means doing the one thing you dread the most that day. It’s going to weigh on you until you get it done. And the longer you wait, the less you want to do it.
It’s never as bad as you imagined it. Our minds are excellent at making things seem worse than they are. The first bite of that frog will suck, but once you get going, it’s not too bad.
Sense of accomplishment. Getting a win on the scoreboard early in the day feels great. Try and knock out the frog before 11am. You’ll feel fantastic because you can look forward to the rest of your day.
My frog? Writing this post. Unfortunately, I’m no natural when it comes to writing. That’s why I try and knock it out in the morning.
For others, it may be a trip to the gym, an important phone call, or the presentation you’ve been putting off.
Do yourself a favor. Block off an hour for yourself before 11am every day, and use that time to Eat the Frog. It feels great.
- Do the thing you dread most first thing in the morning and you will feel better through the day.