Eat the frog

I can put my hand up and say that I am a mistress of procrastination. I have certain items that seem to be permanently on my ‘to do’ list – not because they are recurring events but because I have never got round to doing them in the first place. So I loved it when a friend of mine mentioned the idea of ‘eating the frog’.

The idea supposedly comes from a Mark Twain quote,

Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day.

Mouth Frog Man
Image by Marcus Lieghio

Don’t worry, you don’t have to go around eating live frogs… but the idea is that you do whatever you have been putting off, and do it FIRST THING in the day. Then you have the rest of the day to enjoy. It’s not my idea: someone has written a book called “Eat The Frog” which I have never read but I thought I’d steal the title anyway.

This term I felt the concept was particularly appropriate for one of my students. He has been dreading his English assignments and instead of just getting on with them and doing them, has been putting them off for so long that just the idea of doing them grew worse and worse in his mind. I told him about the idea and then realised I should start to practice what I was preaching.

So at the weekend I tidied my desk. I have had ‘tidy desk’ on my list for at least two months (probably more) and you really don’t want to know what it looked like before I tidied it. I am so pleased that I’ve tidied it, that I’m actually typing this with the laptop on my desk instead of on the dining table.

My next big ‘frog’ is to book the car in for a service.

What’s your frog? Go on, try to get it done. Or at least take steps to help you to get it done. I mean it. Then you can enjoy the rest of your day!

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