Start the day by eating the frog

Posted 19/07/2021 in Uncategorised

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 – Mark Twain

Photo by Stephanie LeBlanc on Unsplash

What does ‘eat the frog’ mean?

I came across this fabulous advice at the weekend, whilst scrolling Pinterest and YouTube videos on how to be more organized and productive (whilst being neither)

If like me, you have a tendency to crumble at the mere sight of your to-do list, then this philosophy may well be for you.

To explain simply, this is a concept to increase your productivity. Pick your worst, hardest task, and do that first – this is the frog. You can read an excellent explanation of it here.

What’s your frog?

My frog(s) are blogging, social media, engaging with my customers, brushing up on marketing skills.

This is crucial to the successful growth of our business, but it always slips down the pecking order, because the daily admin of the business takes precedence. In fact, it’s been slipping for months.

I feel guilty about it, and tell myself I’ll do it when I’ve caught up, or when it’s a little quieter, or when a week is 8 days long.

Why am I sharing this with you?

You need to know that you are not alone. We all get overwhelmed. But, every day is a fresh opportunity to do something that’s difficult, that will help your craft business.

So this morning, after replying to the first wave of 40 emails from the weekend, I sat and ate that big fat frog.

And having eaten the frog, some stress and anxiety has floated away, and I feel no guilt about taking a break for lunch, knowing I don’t have this frog waiting for me.

What’s your frog? And when are you going to eat him up?