Eating Frogs

This was a productive week for me.  I’m surprised.  I accomplished many things that have been on my to do list for weeks.

How did I manage this great feat?  Simple.  I stopped thinking so much.

Don’t get me wrong.  Thinking is important.  More people should do it.  But I think too much.

I suspect that’s why I’m so susceptible to Resistance.  I think about things too much and end up over-thinking them.

So what was different this week?  I didn’t think.  I ate my frogs. 


Brian Tracy is the first person I know that came up with this analogy.  If you had to eat a frog, the best time to do it would be first thing in the morning. 


Because if you didn’t do it first thing, you’d be thinking about it all day.  And the longer the day got, the harder it would be to eat that frog.  You’d make an excuse not to eat the frog.

Think about the things that you want to do as “frogs”.  The most important task that you need to get done for the day is the “frog” that you eat first.  You keep working on that frog until you finish it.  When you’ve eaten/finished your first frog, then you can go to the next frog.

I used that tactic last week.  And had my most productive week in months!

I didn’t alway finish “eating” my big frog for the day, but I worked on it every day.  I worked on it until I finished it. 

Chomp. Chomp. Chomp.

And I was able to eat my frogs because I didn’t think about it.  I just did it. 

When I planned my day in the morning, I selected my three frogs.  And when I had time to work on things, I worked on the frogs.

The trick is make “frog eating” a routine. 

I’ll save my thinking for after the daily frogs have “eaten” .


© 2021 Peter Gruner

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