Have you ever felt so overwhelmed with errands that you felt the need to pull your hair out? With all of the responsibilities you have floating around in your brain it can lead to your blood pressure rising and your composure on the verge to crack. You contemplate taking a nap hoping all of your tasks will disappear, but to your expectation, they don’t. The responsibilities that you have are still waiting to be crossed off of your mental checklist, and then you find yourself on the verge of pushing it all off until tomorrow.
American writer Mark Twain once 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.”
A frog is referred to as that one thing that you are least motivated to do. Eating the frog means to accomplish that dreaded task on your NEED to-do list as soon as possible in the first hours of your day. Brian Tracy, author of Eat that Frog!, notes that in some cases the frog is the one thing that will propel you to have a productive day and lead to a domino effect of task completion. The longer you wait to eat the frog, the less energy and motivation you will have to do it later in the day. This concept applies to a multitude of individuals in the field of entrepreneurship. Just the other day I happened to be looking at my 2017 business goals list, that I wrote last January, only to find the same projects I wanted to launch…still incomplete. Are you in the same boat? It is crucial to identify your hesitations and discover why. Is it a case of imposter syndrome, fear of criticism, or feeling like you have nothing unique to offer?
Do you want to live a more productive life? Well, then you need to identify your frogs. Brian provides these tips on having a more productive day:
- Decide exactly what you want
- Set a deadline for your goal
- Make a list of everything you can think of that you are going to have to do to achieve your goal
- Organize your list into a plan
- Take action on your plan immediately
- Resolve to do something every day that will move you closer to your goal (including eating at least one frog a day)
Brian advocates having master, monthly, weekly and daily lists to set yourself up for success. It is best to choose 3-5 tasks to complete each day, including a “frog task.”
Whether your goal is to get in shape, launch a business, write a book or become financially fit, it will take some direction and frog eating every single day!
Kierston Mills is a fitness lifestyle coach, Wyoming corporate wellness specialist, and the founder of FearfullymadeFIT. After spending her college years struggling with body image, yo-yo dieting, and relationship with food, her heart is set on helping others live a confident, balanced, and active life. FearfullymadeFIT, a faith inspired fitness movement, was created to act as a reminder that you are fearfully and wonderfully made, and that your self-worth goes far beyond a six pack. Her services can be found on her website at www.kierstonmills.com as well as on Instagram @fearfullymadefit.