Today I read a short book by Brian Tracy called Eat That Frog – 21 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time. I found it to be a very easy read and quite entertaining. Forgive me if I do not get all the details as it is a beautiful evening in Northeast Ohio on the last day of spring and I am enjoying it thoroughly!
That being said, I could not resist the urge to tap the keys a bit as I sit on the back deck facing the all to unfamiliar setting sun and tell you about my enjoyable read. The actual title comes from a Mark Twain quote that said something to the effect that if you eat a frog first thing in the morning, chances are it will be the worst thing you have to do all day, so everything else should be easier to face.
And then he goes on to say if you have to eat two frogs, make sure you eat the ugly one first. Again referencing the need to get the worst item off you plate early on and this will make you more productive as the day goes on. It is all about “state of mind” and the need to change yourself right out of the gate in the morning and this will make you attack the rest of the day with confidence, and we all know what that can do to our productivity!
The story is based on attacking your least favorite yet most productive task of the day straight away in the morning. This alone will make you more productive even it you do nothing else. Why? Because it is the most difficult task to complete.
We all have gone through this at some point in our lives, at least I would think so, and can learn from this very simple technique.
This doesn’t have to be rocket science. As a matter of fact, the more simple the better chance of you and me actually implementing what the author proposes. I can’t tell you how many books I have read that souldned great as I was reading them yet where too cumbersome to work into my routine. That is why I was so excited to point out this jewel of a book, becasue it was both impactful and simple to do.