Why Should You Consume a Frog Each Day?

Mark Twain famously stated that if you eat a live frog first thing in the morning, the rest of your day will be better because you’ve already endured the worst. Considering that you have already consumed a live frog, what else could it be?

Morning Is Productively Advantageous.

When you have a stressful thought, it isn’t easy to concentrate on other duties. The remainder of the day is more productive if you complete your most despised tasks early in the morning.

According to studies, morning is when we have the most willpower. You get more exhausted and less in control as the day goes on. Because willpower is a limited resource, the morning is the ideal time to complete the most despised activities.

Don’t you believe you can eat your “frog”? Here is how to structure your morning for maximum productivity:

  1. Seek out the task you least anticipate.
  2. Take notes and gather all necessary materials the night before so you may begin the following morning quickly. This will assist you in mentally preparing for the upcoming day.
  3. Remind yourself that this is merely a task and that the rest of your day will be vastly more productive. Do this one thing, and you will get invincibility.

What if you have several undesirable tasks? Take the frog analogy one step further. Brian Tracy states, “If you have two frogs to eat, start with the most repulsive one. In other words, if you have multiple projects, you should begin with the largest and most challenging and work your way down. You have already mastered the most difficult jobs before your self-control runs out.

The productivity boost you need to complete a task is provided by swallowing your frog or doing the scariest or most important activities first.

What to Do If The “Frog” Has Grown Too Large?

However, sometimes the “frog” is a “genuine frog” that is difficult to swallow, even for an experienced frog eater. Do you know that feeling when faced with a difficult problem and suddenly paralyzed, unable to let go and take any action to move closer to the solution? There are still a few strategies that can assist you in overcoming your least favorite work duties.

1. Breaking Work Down into Smaller Parts

When faced with a massive quantity of work, the first tip that can be beneficial is to divide “Mr. Big” into smaller chunks. Did you know it’s ideal for focusing on one task at a time? This is undoubtedly true for challenging activities. Therefore, instead of writing “complete project X” on your to-do list, divide it into smaller sequential tasks that may be completed individually.

Thus, you will feel less overwhelmed by the amount of work, as you will be forced to think of smaller, more manageable jobs to complete instead of a single, impossible one. This gives you a sense of success, a desire to continue (since you can see how the task is progressing), and a comprehensive view of the large X project/task.

In addition, Brian Tracy notes that our brains can become favorably dependent on endorphins and the sense of clarity, confidence, and competence they bring. This implies that as the brain becomes accustomed to performing little actions with a clear goal, it also becomes accustomed to enjoying those tasks. And subconsciously, it begins to organize your everyday activities so that more and more work is accomplished. Over time, you develop an addiction to your success and good contribution without realizing it.

2. Be Sincere with Yourself and Create Attainable Goals

Another useful piece of advice for consuming the frog is to avoid establishing unachievable objectives.

This recommendation also applies to your thoughts and mind. We are all susceptible to perfectionism, overestimating our abilities and believing we can complete a week’s work in two days. Sometimes it is possible, but bad outcomes and stress-related nervous breakdowns are not what we’re after, are they? Instead, be truthful, estimate precisely how long it will take to complete the necessary tasks, and set a reasonable deadline.

3. When Things Are Going Well, You Should Continue Working

When doing unpleasant activities, our minds employ a second strategy.

When everything is going well and appears to be moving forward, our mind may suddenly want to put on the brakes. Everything appears to be in control, we have ample time, and we may be perusing social media instead of working. Even if everything appears to be under control and a task could be completed a little later, you should not relax and keep moving. Later” can quickly become “never.”

If Mark Twain had lived in the 21st century, he would likely host a productivity podcast with the slogan “The key to success is to begin.” Thankfully, the brain is a muscle that can be trained. Make it a practice to attack your own “victim” first when you discover one. How do you do it? So commence!