Eat a live frog every morning and nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day….Mark Twain
The next morning I sat staring at my intray, full of bills to pay, notices to read and filing, yep yucky boring filing. I glanced over at my camera, my pretty ideas notepad and my coloured pens. You know what I was thinking……that intray can wait and wait it did.
It waited and waited, I had a quick flick through to see if anything was desperately urgent….no
My frog did not get eaten, instead it hopped around, distracting me, nagging me leaving me uneasy the rest of the day.
I am not a huge procrastinator, most of the time I am the opposite. Many years ago, way before children even, I discovered a way to double even triple my effectiveness. I avoid double handling by actioning things as I see them. My DO IT NOW approach.
Even those with the best discipline fall into the procrastination trap occasionally. Notices and mail are my downfall. Once I shove a few of those pesky papers into the in tray, it grows easily. Then it becomes a large and overwhelming task. It becomes my frog.
Over the weekend I checked in with Miss 8’s homework progress. She had done all the fun stuff and was avoiding her spelling words. It’s just not fun she told me.
Then I said it, “You need to eat the frog first darling”.
“I NEED TO DO WHAT!” she exclaimed.
I said it again very slowly and precisely. “Eat the frog first.”
“Seriously Mum do what?”
I casually explained that the frog is the last thing you want to do and the first thing you should do. I went back to the shop, Kikki.K, and bought the notepad and we have decided to share it.
I sat at my desk on Monday and I grabbed that frog and gobbled it up. Clean in tray, filing up to date and bills paid, notices actioned. My mood immediately lifted and remained high the rest of the day. No unpleasant unfinished tasks waiting to be completed, dragging me down.
l then headed off to check in with my new yoga guru. When I came home my afternoon’s work was all fun and creativity. I enjoyed it more this time, the frog was gone and with it went my guilt.
Do you procrastinate? What is your frog?
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