Coined by Brian Tracy, we can summarise the method in one sentence - Every day, find the most important task that you would otherwise procrastinate and get that done. Eat the frog is one of the most straightforward productivity hacks and has its origins from a quote by Mark Twain.
How to spot the frog?
To spot the frog, you could pick one task that you feel is important and do it. It could be as simple as that.
You could also take a more systematic approach to rank each task based on its importance and your resistance to tackle them. So, if an assignment is critical and you have a high resistance to getting started on it, that is your frog. On the other hand, if there is a task that is not important and easy at the same time, that is not your frog.
Sometimes, there might be two critical tasks that feel like they are your frogs, in which case you should choose the one you the task that is harder to get started.
And finally, when you have a frog to be eaten, it is better to eat it immediately. So do not wait for more than what is feasible and start eating the frog immediately.
Advantages of Eating the Frog
The "Eat the frog" is famous because of its simplistic approach and effectiveness. Other advantages of the method include:
- Straightforward enough to help to form a habit of eating frogs.
- Easier to identify the vital task (frog) the evening prior.
- Great for killing procrastination over lack of motivation.
- Flexible enough to leave time & resources for other tasks.
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