Work smarter and increase your personal productivity!

If you want to obtain your goals in a set amount of time, you must get organized by creating rules for yourself to follow. See my post on setting goals. This will allow you to keep producing content on a regular basis, while still having time for the rest of your life.

As you write out your goals and give them timelines for completion, you may encounter things that you must do but do not want to. This post is about tackling that thing. Procrastination is disaster to success.

In the words of Mark Twain “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day”. While Mr. Twain did not advocate eating an actual living frog, his statement instead refers to taking the worst task that you have to do, or the one you procrastinate the most with,  and doing it first thing to get it out of the way.

Why are we eating the frog first thing?

Do The Worst Job First

In part, to keep you from checking email and Facebook, and getting lost in time. We all know what that is like!

And in part, doing tasks related to building your business website will help you to see progress and keep you from more procrastination. And if you are on a posting schedule, it is best to at least get a few paragraphs done before you start getting lost in the void of online chat.

How do I identify the frog?

Your frog is not the most difficult or disliked task, but merely the task that causes you to procrastinate. Completing this task will give a productive result and keep you moving forward, so if you do not get it done, you will be at a standstill in this area. Set aside an amount of time to deal with your frog, and then get to it. Once the task is done, the rest of the day will be easier.

Maybe for you, your frog is keyword research. In this case, on Monday morning, pull up a document of your posting ideas and then a blank doc for research. Research the keywords that you need for at least 2 to 4 posts. Research the keyword, and then look on Google to see who is using your post title and what they have to say. Who is your competition for this keyword? This is important research and can give you the ideas for your post! Leave your doc on your desktop, so you can access it all week while writing posts.

If you have two tasks, start with the one that is harder, more important, or bigger. Getting this one out of the way is a great way to start your day!

Choose which frog to eat first

How to eat your frog

This is a habit meant to get you out of your comfort zone and put you in control of your websites productivity. We learn from everything, and you can tweak this habit to fit your life, and to show yourself where you are procrastinating. Choose your frog, write it down on paper, and start working on it first thing in the morning. Get it out of the way before anything else!

By taking care of the most challenging task at the start of the day, you not only take care of it with a clear mind, but you also develop a good habit, and these can be hard to establish. They also are the most rewarding. Be sure to set up everything you need to take care of this task the evening before, so that you are ready to go first thing in the morning.

Use the Eisenhower Decision Matrix

If you are overwhelmed by all of the things that you “should” do, try this rule that former president of the USA, Dwight D Eisenhower used. He said “I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent”.

  1. Important – urgent: do it now
  2. Important – not urgent: choose a time to do it
  3. Urgent – not important: delegate it
  4. Not urgent – not important: delete it.


In conclusion…

Good habits increase productivity

Successful people have the habits of successful people, including doing things they may not like but that will help them to succeed. By focusing on one task and not trying to multi-task, you will get one thing done well. The satisfaction of having achieved your task will release feel-good chemicals into your brain which will help you to stay motivated, focused and productive to achieve more.

Do you have any comments about this post? Please leave a message in the comments box below; I love to hear from you and if you have any suggestions for future posts, please mention them!


16 thoughts on “Work Smarter…Do The Worst Job First!”

  1. Hi Irma,
    The things I loved about this post is just how simple you got your points across. After reading this article, I know how to identify “my frog”- the keyword research. I want to master keyword research technique but never put in the effort.

    I also like the suggestion here “Research the keyword, and then look on Google to see who is using your post title and what they have to say. Who is your competition for this keyword?”
    This suggestion gives me a real insight. So kudos for that!

    Thanks so much for the advice!

    1. Hi Maun and thank you for stopping by today!

      I have pretty much stopped procrastinating since I learned these techniques, so I can only hope that they help you as much as they helped me!

      Best of luck!
      Irma 🙂

  2. Building a business sure isn’t as easy as it seems. It’s a difficult challenge that requires a lot of donkey work and patience before you see any results.

    I do agree that setting goals and avoiding procrastination is one of the keys to success. In fact, I’ve read “Eat That Frog” by Brian Tracy 3 times now, and he’s helped to put me on the right path with both goal setting and getting.

    As online business owners, we must wake up each money and eat that frog before doing anything else for the rest of the day. When we practice doing the worst jobs first, it eventually becomes a habit, and one which leads to a full-time income. 😉

    Thanks for the inspiration here…


  3. I used to be the worlds worst procrastinator, so I can completely relate to this article. I really like the idea of setting clear tasks and getting them out of the way first thing in the morning. Have you heard of the PEP system? It stands for personal efficiency program. We did this at work a few years ago and it changed my life!

    1. Hi Karen,

      No, I have not heard of that program, but I will go check it out right away. Anything I can do to improve my productivity is priority one for me!!

      Irma 🙂

  4. Love the post. I’m not familiar with Twain too much, but I agree with eating the frog and getting it over with :o). A great analogy that helps get the job done. Thanks Irma!

  5. Great article, i will keep that quote definitely in mind, i just have the problem, that i can’t believe i can become one of those successful people, im just one small person in this world, what could i possibly achieve that others cant, i really do want it all, a happy life, more money and living my life the way i want to live it, i don’t know how to change my life to a more great and exciting one, what could i do, how can i impact the world positively?

    1. Hi Mark and thank you for your comments.

      I know it is all in what you believe. If you believe that you will be successful, then you will be. I never used to understand the power of the mind, but believing in your own success brings opportunities to you and if you act on them, then more opportunities come.
      I told myself that I would be successful with my website and things are happening to make that true. When I am inspired to write a post, I get right on it. What I am doing with my website is sharing what I know with others who seek that knowledge.
      It is our duty as citizens of the world to share what we know. Others are waiting for this gift that we are giving!

      Irma 🙂

  6. I really like your post about doing the hard things first. Too many times we want to put that off for later and it never gets done. Mark Twain was a wise man. I also like President Eisenhower’s priority list. Keep the wisdom coming.

    1. Hi Grant and thank you for your comments,

      Yes, the wisdom of those in the know needs to be passed on to others.

      Irma 🙂

  7. Excellent and very well written. I have never heard it put that way before and it is very impressive. “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning”.
    Well done.

    1. Hi Gord and thank you for your comments!

      I have found putting this into practice in my own life and website, I get so much more done and I feel satisfied with my accomplishments!

      Irma 🙂

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