Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | September 15, 2011

Eat that frog

No, not eat the frog’s legs in favour of the French at the RWC.

This is something I was sent via email today that I enjoyed and thought I would share.

Get More Done In Less Time = Eat That Frog.

If you are like me, you are overwhelmed with too much to do and too little time. As you struggle to get caught up, new tasks and responsibilities keep rolling in, like the waves of the ocean. Because of this, you will never be able to do everything you have to do.

For this reason, and perhaps more than ever before, your ability as a leader is to select your most important task at each moment, and then to get started on that task, get it done both quickly and effectively. To help you and others be more effective and efficient, we must remember the story about frogs!

Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long. Your “frog” is your biggest, most important task, the one you are mostly likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it. It is also the one task that can have the greatest positive impact on your life and results for you and your organization. 

The first rule of frog eating is this:

If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first.

This is another way of saying that if you and those you lead have two important tasks before you, start with the biggest, hardest, and most important task first. Discipline yourself to begin immediately and then to persist until the task is complete before you go on to something else.

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  1. Tonga likes Frog

    • yes, agree!!!! Awesome win for Tonga. Shame Scotland couldn’t do it over England too 🙂


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