Really, who wants to eat a frog?

Most people in business have encountered the adage about 'eating the frog', or in less revolting terms, completing the biggest, hardest or least appealing job of the day first so everything is better from that point forward.*

The logic is sound. If the 'frog' is causing you to procrastinate or be less effective because it is hanging over your head, it makes sense to get it out of the way.

But is it the answer for everyone?

For some people, like me, who are motivated by momentum and just looking for a place to start, it can be a more effective strategy to choose either something easy to cross off the list or something I know I'll enjoy doing.  The endorphins I get from knocking the first item over spur me on to tackle the next one. Then the next one. And the next. Suddenly, I'm on a roll.

Next time you find yourself staring blankly at a long To Do list wondering where to start, just start! You'll probably get your first job done in the time it would take to work out which of your frogs is the ugliest.

And in most cases, frogs can wait - at least until the caffeine kicks in...


* For those who haven't, Brian Tracy took Mark Twain's quote “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day” and applied it to time management in his 2001 book, Eat That Frog!

** The frog in the picture is a Pobblebonk (Limnodynastes dumerilii), endemic to eastern Australia including the Toowoomba region. Not for eating under any circumstances, it's one of my favourite frogs thanks to its cool name and endearing plonking call