Continuing with Principle #8 from Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles” entitled “Clunk it Down”, I set my intention to ponder the idea of doing the tough things first of which Canfield states: “…when you accomplish your toughest task early in the day, it sets the tone for the rest of your day. It creates momentum and builds your confidence…”
He bases this approach on Brian Tracy’s book, “Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastination and Get More Done in Less Time”. I’m aware of the “eating the frog first” concept. Some days I apply it and find I do feel energized and proud of myself. On other (most) days, I find it more effective to get the easiest and quickest tasks done first, that way 1) I feel like I get more things done, 2) and because I feel good about it and me, and 3) it leaves the rest of the time to focus on the “frog” without thinking of all the other things I wanted to do.
For instance this morning, I got five things done before I started today’s MotD. With those other tasks done, it allowed me to relax and enjoy coloring; it removed some of the time pressure. I can see the value in the “frog” method and consider it duly noted and a good reminder to use this approach more often.
So how about you? Do you tend to do the easy things first or the toughest? Of the two, which do you prefer? Or does it just depend on the day and/or the task(s)?
“Eat a live frog— Mark Twain
first thing in the morning
and nothing worse
will happen to you
the rest of the day.”
The Mandala Lady
I invite you to color along with me this year as part of what I’m calling “The Year of Self-Exploration and Expansion” with all of my “Mandalas of the ___” (day, week, month, year). If you’re interested in more of a self-exploration approach to coloring, check out my “Coloring Mandalas as Meditation”. You can download this mandala at MandalaoftheWeek.com.