How To ‘Eat That Frog’ For Greater Productivity
Eat That Frog is a time-management idea that encourages you to:
- Identify the most important task you could be doing each day (your frog)
- Do this task first, before you do anything else
- Continue doing this task until it’s complete (eat your frog).
I love this idea and re-listen to the audiobook as a refresher pretty much every year.
How To ‘Do The Worst First’ For Greater Productivity
I also like a related idea, Do The Worst First, and find it a neat little productivity booster.
It applies when you have several to-do items to get done in a set amount of time – say before you go to lunch.
The idea is that instead of doing tasks in the order they appear on your list, or picking the easiest to do first, you choose the one you most want to put off and you do that first.
It boosts your productivity because:
- You feel relieved and have more energy for your tasks once the the worst is behind you.
- It prevents you from dragging out the easier tasks as a way to procrastinate and avoid the less-pleasant task.
You get things done faster and with more energy.
Do The Worst First At Work
Let’s say you have these tasks to handle before heading off for the day:
- Send out invoices
- Open and process the mail
- Call a customer back.
Whichever of these you feel most inclined to put off is the one you should do first.
I would call the customer first because I’m not a phone person (I’m lucky I write for a living!), then send out invoices, then process mail. What about you?
Do The Worst First At Home
Let’s say you have a bunch of things to do before going to the store:
- Clear the breakfast things and load the dishwasher
- Fold the laundry
- Make the bed.
The one that screams, ‘Do me later’ is the one you should do right now.
I would clear the breakfast stuff because it’s icky, then make the bed, then fold the laundry. You?
Do You Do The Worst First?
Do you Eat That Frog or Do The Worst First – at home or at work?
Do you have another strategy that works for you?
I’d love to know!
PS: Remember that you can also Use Procrastination to Get More Done.
[Image by Andrew Mason]