Eat the Frog!
Procrastination – the act of delaying or putting off a task. At some point, we all procrastinate on some task. All of us. Yes, including me.
Here’s the thing about procrastination; it’s not going away so we need to outsmart it.
When we delay our work, here’s what happens:
- it impacts our relationships because others are waiting on us
- the quality of our performance may diminish due to a shortened work window
- our stress levels are enhanced because of our looming deadline
- or we may miss the deadline altogether because we’ve procrastinated too long
A powerful strategy to outsmart procrastination is explained in Brian Tracy’s book titled “Eat that Frog.” A favorite of mine. The foundation of the book is based on Mark Twain’s quote “If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that this is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long”.
Your “frog” is your most significant task.
Bottom line… identify your most important task. It will be the task with the greatest impact to your job or your company. It will likely be the task you’ve been putting off. Once you’ve identified that task, you have found your “frog”.
Now, you need to eat it. Actually, do it! And do it first thing. Rip off the band aid and it’s done.
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