I ate the frog today, did you?
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you’re not alone. I first heard the phrase “eat the frog” from my client who is a professional organizer. It comes from a book by Brian Tracy called “Eat That Frog.” As a busy MOMeo, eating the frog and a few other momentum-changing techniques are my secrets to getting so much done.
I’m probably a lot like you. I have two young kids, a four-year-old and an 18-month-old. My husband is in the military and gone quite a bit. Just like you I’m a MOMeo. I run my own business and have been for five years now.
I just recently shared my story at a conference I attended and they all asked “how do you do it all?”
I didn’t quite know what to say to that. I just take it day by day. One task at a time. I celebrate my little accomplishments and of course, I now always try to eat the frog.
Now let’s take a step back. First I want to say I don’t have it all figured out. There are some days I don’t feel like eating the frog, and to be honest I don’t get much done. Then there are those amazing days like last week when I got absolutely everything on my to-do list done, while my son was taking his nap.
So first, give yourself a break. Next, apply the following suggestions and techniques to your day and watch your momentum rise.
Back to the frog and why you want to eat it. To eat the frog means you are tackling your biggest task first. This frog is usually a task that will give you the biggest results, or maybe even be something you’ve been procrastinating for a while.
Instead of opening your email inbox first, answering phone calls, or other smaller tasks – just eat the frog in one big bite. It might not taste good, but once you eat it you’ll have tons of momentum to tackle other smaller tasks.
Some examples of tasks to eat first thing in the morning: writing an article, recording a video, writing a chapter in your new book, or the home page of a new web site. The possibilities are endless and geared towards your type of business and needs.
Once you get the big task done you are so excited and ready to tackle everything on your to-do list. But maybe you’re a little overwhelmed right now and wonder how to even structure your to-do list.
For me, I don’t put too much on my to-do list, because otherwise I get overwhelmed. Usually it’s about three to ten things I’d like to get done that day. Then I break these tasks down.
Even though I’m a high-tech gal, I love my pen and spiral notebook. So I write everything down in my notebook. Next to each task I write how long it should take me to complete this task.
For example, writing an article should take one hour. To edit a video should take thirty minutes. Once I have the times f, I schedule the tasks for the day. So from 9:00 to 10:00 I will write my article. Then from 10:00 to 10:30 I will edit my video.
As I’m going along, I take note of the actual time it took to complete the task. I don’t beat myself up if it took longer than expected. I just become aware of it, and next time, give myself more time for that task. This also helps me stay out of email, twitter, and other things I’m not supposed to be doing then.
Then I celebrate! I’ve knocked out one big task and other tasks I wanted to complete that day. I think it’s important to celebrate your accomplishments in small ways, because no one else but you will do it.
Whether it’s sending out a Tweet about how you’re happy you got it all done, or rewarding yourself with a trip to the park with the kids, make sure you do one little thing every day, or at least take a few minutes to recognize your efforts.
So who’s ready to eat the frog in one big bite? Got any tips on to make that frog taste better or how to get more things done? I would love to hear about it in the comment section below.
Jennifer Haubein has a passion to help other entrepreneurs and those who want to be entrepreneurs. Jennifer is a bit of a technology/social media geek who loves to help everyone take their business online in a BIG way. She owns two companies; Websites 2 Grow and Best Biz Web Site Solutions. Jennifer helps others easily get online with a web site that actually works and will grow as their business grows.
Jennifer has been featured in the technology blog Mashable, several radio shows and events, and hosts her own show Websites 2 Grow TV.
If you’re confused about all of the technology and social media tools out there to market your business, Jennifer is the person to talk to.
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