According to Mark Twain, if you ever have to eat a live frog, it’s best done first thing in the morning. I know this scenario is incredibly unlikely, but it’s good advice nonetheless. You might be asking, “Why would I eat a frog first thing in the morning?” But think of it: you could go through the rest of your day knowing the hardest task was already behind you.
On what to-do list items are you most tempted to procrastinate? What goals have you had forever but not yet taken the first step towards accomplishing? What difficult decision have you been delaying? Those are your frogs! I suggest doing these worst tasks first—and by “worst,” I mean “most important.” It’s those tasks that can have the greatest positive impact on your life and results at that moment.
First thing in the morning your mind is clear, the office is quiet, and you haven’t been pulled into twenty different directions—yet! Getting things done is a habit, and if you start every day off by accomplishing something important, you have already won. I get it; this might be a hard habit to swallow (sorry, I couldn’t resist). A good habit isn’t always easy to establish, especially a habit of doing first the things you want to do least. But if you want to win the day, you have to attack the day!
This edition of Saline County Lifestyles features a few local frog-eating business owners. COVID-19 has undoubtedly made owning a business a difficult feat, so one can only imagine the efforts it would take to keep multiple companies thriving. That is exactly what these owners have accomplished and their efforts deserve our attention.
For the rest of us, the satisfaction of having achieved something, big or small, will help us stay focused, productive and motivated to keep achieving. So it’s time to eat that frog! Your town. Your life. Your magazine.