What Frog Will You Eat Today?
I have a bit of a confession to make.
There, I said it. Oufff, it’s off my chest!!! Really though, for those who know me, this is by no means a surprise!!!
I procrastinate so much, that I’ve even taken on reading a bunch of books about procrastination as a means to try to tackle my procrastination! That’s how I justify to myself that I am actually being productive!!
But for the first time in a long time, I picked up this book that has basically helped me get #@*% done! My friend Ashleigh told me about ‘Eat That Frog’ written by Brian Tracy, which shares 21 ‘simple’ ways to stop procrastinating and get more done in less time.
Well, Ashleigh told me about the book more than a year ago and I just got around to reading it a few days ago. Yep, I am a procrastinator at heart!
To be honest, the book itself is really easy to read and basically tells you to get in the habit of doing that ONE thing that you dread doing as your absolute FIRST task.
For me, that task today was getting around to writing a few blog posts for the week. And as you can hopefully see (and read), I am actually getting it done.
Although the book is fairly straightforward to read, it did help me put a few things in perspective.
First thing is that it’s okay to procrastinate. We all do it. It really is impossible to get everything done. And once you accept that, you can move on to the juicy meat of the book.
Procrastination is not about whether or not you will engage in it, but more importantly WHAT you procrastinate on.
Do you procrastinate on those things that are key or busy work that is truly meaningless?
The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.’ Thomas Edison
For some reason, once I understood that procrastination is ok, I just needed to do it on things that weren’t important in the grand scheme of things, I felt liberated.
Now I was ready to really start grinding. AND. GET. WORK. DONE! And as queen Bey would say it ‘I slay it!’
What prompted me to suddenly feel an urge to really tackle some of my procrastination issues head on is that I am starting to feel a little bit of a time crunch. I am a little shy of being 10 weeks from having my second baby and there is a whole lot of stuff that needs to happen before my munchkin arrives. And I know that having a new baby may be a bit of extreme source of motivation for some, I figured that I might not be the only one who may now be on a mission to really start overcoming this bad habit that I have to procrastinate.
There were many chapters from Eat That Frog that resonated with me and that I found useful, but the one about putting pressure on yourself is what really made me pause and reflect. If you are running your own business or are thinking about it, if there is one thing that you must learn to do in order to accomplish your goals is to put the pressure on yourself.
I remember when I had a conventional 9-5 job, and deadlines were set for me; either my boss imposed the deadline or I knew that if I dropped the ball I would disappoint my team. The pressure was on, so procrastination was at a minimal. If I didn’t get it done, I would basically be putting my job on the line.
Now that I am working for myself, no one is really there to give me that kind of kick in the ass. I have to dig deep and find it within myself.
So today, I dare you to find one frog that you have to eat. Make sure it is the biggest, nastiest frog that you have on your list of #$@% that needs to get done and eat that Frog!!