“Eat the Green Frog First!”
Okay. I know you’re going to think I’m a little nuts when you read that sentence, but I promise you–this little idea will help you eliminate procrastination from your life.
Everyday, there’s one “thing” that you have to do that day that you really don’t want to do. Examples would be having a tough conversation with an employee, or calling an upset customer, or there’s a project that you need to get started on, and you just don’t have any idea where to start. There’s always something.
Let’s pretend you work an 8:00 to 5:00 job. Before you ever get to work, I want you to determine what that one “thing” is that you don’t want to do. That’s “thing” is your frog.
So let’s pretend that you get to work, and decide to eat that frog first thing. What does that frog look like?
A FROG! But it’s just a little baby frog. I know it’s unappetizing. I get it. It’s a frog. But let’s say that for the first 30 minutes or so you take care of it—you eat it and get it out of the way.
How does the rest of your day look?
The birds are singing, the butterflies are flying, the sun is a little brighter—life is good!
Now, let’s pretend that you wimp out in the morning, and decide to not eat the frog. All day long, you stare at it. It’s there, just below the surface, calling your name. “Hey… What about me???” What does it look like by 4:30 in the afternoon?
Right… It’s huge! And it’s got a trail of slime right behind it. So what do we say?
“I’ll eat it tomorrow…”
(You know you do it!)
So we come in tomorrow, and it’s still a frog.
So here’s my suggestion. Everyday, figure out what your green frog is, and do it first thing in the morning!
Here’s what you’re going to find. You’ll begin building the muscle of “self-discipline!” Once you’ve done this for three or four weeks, what used to be a problem is no longer a problem.
It’s the same as working out. If you only workout one time this year, will you be any stronger next year? No. But if you workout three or four days a week for a year, will you be stronger by next year? Absolutely!
It’s the same with self-discipline. Just begin to exercise it, and it will grow.
So. What’s your “Green Frog” today.
PS, There is a book by Brian Tracy called Eat That Frog! which has to do with procrastination. I’ve never read it, but developed my concept from seeing his book in a bookstore. You may want to read it, then tell me what it’s about — if you ever get around to it!