Eat Your Frog First

My name is Ashley and I’m a list-maker. For me, there is nothing better than checking something off of a list. No matter how small the task, I account for it, so that once it’s complete I can bask in the feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment found in one swoop of my pen to cross it off. But there’s always that item that lingers … you know what I’m talking about. Whether it’s from day-to-day or hour-to-hour, there’s something that continues to roll-over because you are not looking forward to diving into it.

Mark Twain once wrote, “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.”

Columnist Jerry Osteryoung recently published an article offering this advice: “Don’t postpone the difficult tasks in your workday.” Instead, “eat your frog first” … or conquer unpleasant tasks early in the day so they aren’t hanging over your head. I love this philosophy and plan to implement it in my daily work life … tomorrow.

What about you? Do you enjoy eating frogs for breakfast?


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