Do you procrastinate? It’s nothing to be ashamed of, we all do it – especially at work. Unfortunately, delaying the inevitable often only leads to more stress. The solution? Eat that frog!

Mark Twain once said, “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning.” If you’re scratching your head and wondering what on earth he was talking about, allow us to explain. Your frog is the task you really don’t want to do, but that also really needs to get done. It’s your most important task for the day, but also the task that you’ve been dreading (and putting off) the most.

It’s easy to put things off until the last possible moment, but where does that get you? All you end up doing is saving all the anxiety and stretching it out all day. All you’re really doing is making yourself suffer for longer. But, if you get that frog out of the way first thing in the morning before you’ve had too much time to overthink it, you’ll set yourself up for a much more relaxed, positive day.

Ready to eat a live frog? Here are some tips to help you get motivated.

1. Prioritise your tasks

First thing’s first. Make a list of everything you want to get done today and everything you absolutely must get done today. You’ll find your frog by looking at the ‘must’ list. It is your ugliest priority, the task that you really need to get done but don’t want to do.

2. Put everything else to one side

Eating the frog is all about getting that dreaded task out of the way asap so that you can start your day happier, having already accomplished something pretty major. For now, everything else can wait. It’s time to slay that frog!

3. Eat that frog

Ready. Set. Go! The morning is the best time to get your dreaded task out of the way. You’re less likely to be interrupted by phone calls, urgent emails and request from colleagues for help.

4. Relax

You’ve done it! It’s time to congratulate yourself for a job well done. Now that your frog is out of the way you’re bound to feel 100% more relaxed and motivated. Starting your day this way is guaranteed to set you up for a happier, more productive day. What are you waiting for? Say goodbye to deadline anxiety for good – eat that frog!

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