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Success by Eating the Frog (Least favorite task first)

Today we'll talk about another strategy on how to get things done.  The previous two posts have focused on how to use procrastination to your advantage, or how to build up to difficult tasks. Productivity techniques- Eating that frog!

The "Eat that frog" technique instead focuses on increasing your productivity by doing the hardest task. I first heard about this tactic while listening to Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy.  The basic premise is that as long as you have that difficult task that you really really don't want to do (eating a frog) you'll end up dragging your feet throughout the rest of the day. If instead of hiding from that horrible thing all day, instead you eat that frog first thing, you'll zoom through the rest of your day because you've gotten the absolute worst part of your day out of the way. It's essentially productivity by climbing Mt. Everest and then sledding down the foothills.

The steps are pretty simple:

  1. Review your task list and identify your least favorite task
  2. Do that task
  3. Do the rest of your tasks in whichever order you decide

The thing to note is that it doesn't necessarily have to be the hardest task, it just needs to be  your least favorite. Whether it's contacting that difficult client, have the crucial conversation with a boss or coworker, whatever it is that you don't like to do get it out of the way so you can get it out of your mind and jump into things that you like.

How has this post helped? How have you used this technique for success?

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