Eating Frogs

Sometimes a quote will hit me so hard that it changes the way I do things.  Here’s one:

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.”

This quote is attributed to Mark Twain.  Whether or not he actually said it irrelevant:  the take-away is that sometimes you just have to sit down and get to work. Not everything you have to do is your favorite.  Sometimes tasks are downright unpleasant, but they still need to get done.

Is it the most important task should be tackled first thing?  I think it’s a little more than that.  It’s the important task that that you don’t want to do that should be tackled first thing.  Eating the frog is a great exercise.  It helps you to get over only doing tasks that you want to do, or prioritizing tasks that you intrinsically know how to start.  When you force yourself to eat the frog you are forcing yourself to figure out how to get started on something.