September 26, 2013
Mark Twain said, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” He meant that we should get our biggest, toughest, or least favorite task out of the way first. For me, the task I find myself procrastinating most is removing duplicate entries from an association database. It’s tedious, slow-going, and rarely time sensitive, so it’s easy to put it off until tomorrow. But since it’s important to keep our data up to date, it needs to get done. I’ve found that if you identify what your own “frogs” are (whether that’s de-duping your database, typing up meeting minutes, or tackling your email inbox), you make them less intimidating. Pick out what task on your to-do list that you want to do least, acknowledge that it’s your frog and just get started! You’ll get it over with and be able to move on to the work you actually enjoy.