5 Ways ‘Eating a Frog’ Helps Your Productivity

Fun frog

Have you noticed how important the first hour of your workday is? It sets the tone for the rest of your workday in terms of your productivity and mood.

If you check Facebook, chat to co-workers, get busy doing easy but low value tasks, you can trick yourself into believing you are busy. However, by mid-morning you might notice an uneasy feeling sneaking up on you. There is a sense that your day is slipping away, and you still have some important tasks looming.

In contrast, on days when you dive into the most important task first, you feel empowered. When you cross it off your to-do list, you feel a rush of positive emotions, and they can stay with you for the rest of the day.

This is a concept that Brian Tracy writes about in his book, Eat That Frog! By doing your most important task at the start of the day your productivity increases.

The term ‘Eat that Frog’ comes from Mark Twain. He said if you eat a frog for breakfast, the rest of the day will be a breeze because you have already done the worst thing you have to do that day!

What happens on days when you have two important things you need to do? Brian says, “Eat the ugliest one first!”

5 Reasons Why Eating a Frog Will Help You When You Have ADHD

1) Powerful Reframe

ADHDers are visual. Having the image of a frog is a fun way to think about tasks – particularly ones that have been causing you to feel anxious or procrastinate.

2) Prioritizing

Picking your frog for the day forces you to select your most important task. Even if you think you aren’t good a prioritizing, the ‘Eat your Frog’ technique gives you daily practice.

3) Stay Ahead

If you are feeling overwhelmed or drowning in tasks, ‘Eat your Frog’ puts you back in charge. You will never be able to do all the new tasks that appear each day, but you can do the most important ones.

4) Trust Yourself

Having a system in place that takes care of the most important tasks means that you can begin to trust yourself.

5) Happiness Factor

There is a huge physiological advantage to eating your frog. After a task is finished you feel a gush of positive emotions. Happiness, pride in yourself, and a ‘what is next’ attitude. Over time this increases your confidence and how you feel about yourself.

Compare this to the flatline feeling you get when you spend the day focusing on the low level tasks and delaying the important ones.

Action!

1) Each day, pick your ‘frog task’. You could select it the night before so you know exactly what it is when you wake up.

2) Be sure to achieve your frog task before anything else.

3) Enjoy the feel good factor that comes along once you have crossed it off your list.

4) Notice other positive side effects, for example how you continue to be productive for the rest of the day.

Share your ‘frogs’ in the comment section below!

 

Comments

  1. Sandra Bell says:

    Exercise. That’s my frog.

  2. Hi Jacqui

    I love this idea and have used it in the past for those horrid tasks that you keep putting off. I also find that if I have to go to the dentist or doctors, I prefer to opt for an early appointment to get it out of the way rather than have to keep clock watching so that I don’t let other things get in the way and make me late.
    Lots of love
    Val

    • Hi Val! What a great idea to book appointments first thing. As I was writing the article, I was thinking about the tasks we do independently of others, I hadn’t thought about using the ‘frog’ tasks for getting appointments out of way too. Great thinking!

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