This is one of the best pieces of advice I’ve heard is:
“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” – Mark Twain.
Its a bit like “Eat your greens first so that you enjoy the rest of your meal”.
Essentially, identify your hardest most painful, but ultimately most valuable task to focus on and, as Nike famously said, Just Do It!
Its such an important message that Brian Tracy wrote a whole book about it containing 21 tips and techniques to be more productive.
I think it also has a parallel to the famous quote attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt:
“Do one thing every day that scares you”
I often find that its my fear of how badly the task will go, or the reaction that it will get, that I procrastinate and avoid doing it.
However, the sense of achievement and motivation throughout the rest of the day is invaluable if you just get it done. And tomorrow is that little bit easier with the confidence from the previous day.
So no email, no social media, no procrastinating. Identify the tough job for the day and do it first. You’ll thank yourself for it.
The video link below is a great summary of how and why you should focus on Eating Your Frog.