The wise Mark Twain once proclaimed “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.”
What is the frog? For today’s post, the frog is that item on your to-do list that you must do but you don’t want to do. In other words – you procrastinate. There is absolutely no motivation backing you up to get it done. We know accomplishing this one thing will make all the difference in the world, and yet we procrastinate – all.day.long.
I have a frog. To be 100% accurate, I have several frogs. Each day I try and pinpoint the one thing that I want or need to get marked off my to-do. Today my frog is writing this blog post. It is now 9:01 PM on a Thursday night and I’m finally writing. Some days I am successful; others, not so much! But each new day gives me an opportunity to “getter done.”
One thing I have learned that helps me get that checkmark on my to-do list is to – ready for it – it’s a doozie – TAKE ACTION! That’s right. The simple act of taking action, any kind of action, will get the wheels turning and before you know it the item will be checked off the list.
Another cool trick is to set a timer. Decide how much time you are willing to focus on your frog. Set the timer and start. When the timer rings you will most likely want to keep working on your frog. I say, keep the momentum going and put that frog to bed!
Stop making excuses for getting things accomplished and start making it a priority to do what is you need and want to do to move your life forward.
What is your frog today? What will you do to take action?
Corrie Ann Gray is a writer, philosopher, coach, wellness advocate and cookie creator. She is also known as The Renaissance Soul Writer and is the founder and director of the Clean Body Project, where she inspires individuals to live a holistically purpose-filled life.