“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.” – Mark Twain
I tend to struggle with wanting to take on the big tasks first thing in my day. I naturally find myself avoiding the big tasks I need to get done in my day by using all the little tasks as my excuse. And yet when I have a big task I haven’t done I do nothing but stress about it the entire time I am doing all my little tasks…it eats away at me that the big task is still out there needing to get done.
On the contrary, when I force myself to do my biggest task first thing of the day I feel a huge sense of accomplishment and relief which helps me then accomplish all my little tasks in what seems like no time at all. I’m happier all day and it’s such a better way of doing things!
So if I know that then why is it I still find myself putting off the big things I need to get done? I suppose that’s why I love that Mark Twain quote so much. He uses the most simplistic imagery to teach a principle in such an obvious, blunt way that it reminds me that “Duh…of course that’s the right way to do it!” Start your day by taking on the biggest tasks first thing in the morning so you get them out of the way.
Get up, get going, and GO EAT THOSE FROGS!
~Amy Rees Anderson