The other day I was reading a short article by personal development guru, Steve Ventura, and was exposed to an idea that I thought was really good so I thought I would share what I learned with you.
Most of us find that in our schedules, we have too much to do and too little time to do it. The problem is that as you are struggling to get caught up, new tasks and responsibilities continue to keep rolling in. It seems like a nonending cycle and you just can’t seem to get ahead. Because of this cycle, we have to come to the realization that you will never have enough time to do everything you have to do.
The best thing that we can do is learn to prioritize our list. We must learn to select your most important task to complete at any given moment and then get started on that task. Get that most important task done as quickly and effectively as you can. To do this, Steve Ventura related a story about frogs to help us remember this idea.
Mark Twain on said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the whole day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long. So how in the world does this have anything to do with what we just talked about?
Your “frog” is your biggest, most important task. The task that you are most likely to procrastinate doing if you don’t do something about it. At the same time it is the one task that can have the greatest positive impact on your life and have the greatest results for you and your organization.
The first rule of frog eating is this: If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first.
Huh? What this is saying is that if you have two important tasks before you, you should start with the biggest, hardest, and most important task first. Discipline yourself to begin that task immediately and then persist until the task is complete before you move on to a different task.