In our fast-paced world, juggling multiple tasks and responsibilities has become the norm. Many individuals struggle with one common enemy: procrastination. We put off important or challenging tasks, and work on the things less important – like emails and other people’s priorities – which drains us and increases our stress levels.  

The solution…"Eat the Frog".  

Eat the Frog is a simple yet powerful strategy that can help us overcome procrastination and focus on what matters most to us.  

What is "Eat the Frog"?

The term "Eat the Frog" is a metaphor coined by renowned author Mark Twain. According to Twain, if you eat a live frog first thing in the morning, you can rest assured that it's likely the worst thing you'll have to do all day. In other words, "Eating the Frog" means tackling the most challenging or daunting task at the beginning of the day, which then frees up mental space and energy for the rest of our tasks.  

Benefits of Eating the Frog:

Increased productivity: By tackling the most difficult task early on, we eliminate the feeling of dread that accompanies procrastination. This allows us to focus better and complete tasks in a more efficient manner, freeing up time for other activities.

Reduced stress and anxiety: Procrastination often leads to a constant nagging feeling in the back of our minds. By tackling the challenging task head-on, we alleviate this stress and decrease anxiety levels, leading to an overall improved well-being.

Improved time management: Prioritizing the biggest/most important task at the beginning of the day gives us a clear sense of purpose and direction. It prevents us from wasting time on less critical matters, ensuring we use our time and energy more effectively.

How to use "Eat the Frog" in your routine:

Identify the frog: Take a moment to identify the most pressing or challenging task for the day. It could be a difficult assignment, an uncomfortable conversation, or a problem that requires immediate attention.

Set your intention: Before starting your day, make a conscious decision to tackle the frog first. Visualize the sense of accomplishment and relief you will feel upon completing it.  

Break it down: If the task seems overwhelming, break it down into smaller, manageable steps. This way, you can work on each step one at a time, gradually conquering the entire task.

Eliminate distractions: Minimize distractions — silence your phone; close your email; find a quiet place to work; — to help maintain focus while focusing on the task at hand. You can use the Pomodoro Technique to help.

Celebrate progress: As you complete the challenging task, take a moment to acknowledge your effort and reward yourself, even in small ways. Celebrating milestones helps motivate you to continue conquering future frogs.