A frog is that one thing you have on your to-do list that you have absolutely no motivation to do and that you’re most likely to procrastinate on. In the Eisenhower matrix, the frog mostly lies in the important but not urgent quadrant. You don’t want to do it, but you need to. Eating the frog means to just do it first thing in the morning, otherwise the frog will eat you i.e. you’ll end up procrastinating it the whole day.
The idea behing the frog-eating theory is that once that one task is done, the rest of the day will be an easier ride and you will get both momentum and a sense of accomplishment at the beginning of your day.
It used to work for me before but now it doesn’t. Now I start my day by eating cake - a very easy task that I can do within minutes and I can’t say no to! Once I get some momentum going, then I tackle the frog next.
This requires a bit of delayed gratification. Sometimes, I’ll have a super easy task towards the end of the day. And I want to check it off to feel good. But now I put it off for the next morning. Say I’ll write a blog post in the evening but stop before hitting the publish button - I’ll do that first thing next day. Or I’ll write code but put off committing it. Or I’ll stop on the last page of a chapter. You get the point. Cake is a good way to start a new day. And get some momentum going!
Until We Meet Again…