First a quote, “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.” Mark Twain
I doubt Mark Twain was actually suggesting you eat frogs, but rather using frogs as a metaphor for those jobs or tasks we would rather not do at all. Sometimes those tasks are really complex and really big. Sometimes those tasks, like frogs to be eaten, are ugly, unappealing certainly not stimulating or even enjoyable. We see a big ugly frog staring back at us and we will go to great lengths to find something easier, or more appealing to do.
Unfortunately, procrastinating doesn’t make the job go away, and rarely makes it any easier. In fact, procrastinating not only delays the inevitable, but often magnifies and multiplies any stress related to the task itself. Like our projects, the frog will only grow in size, complexity, and perhaps ugliness, with time.
What important task have you been procrastinating? Do everything you can to simply the task by breaking it into smaller pieces. Make a plan to get started this week. What can be done today, tomorrow or by the end of the week? It is the “start” that “stops” most adults. Let’s go! I’m told fried frog legs are actually quite tasty!
Have a great week!!
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