I hear frog legs taste like chicken and I totally wouldn’t know, hehe! For those of you who have never had the pleasure of reading Brian Tracy’s “Eat That Frog,” you certainly must get a copy of the book. Eat that Frog refers to tackling the biggest, baddest, most important task first thing in the morning so you can move to other tasks.
If you’re like most people, I’d assume that you too procrastinate getting that task accomplished. It’s uncomfortable, it’s tedious, a bit annoying, probably requires a lot of work and time and it can be the most rewarding once completed. The truth is it has the potential to activate and synergize your morning, though the scale of work and mental energy required for its completion may lead you to dally with the task.
But what if you can make your morning the most successful, efficient aspect of your day? That leaves the rest of your day open for massive productivity. So how do you tackle that pesky frog?
Here are a few quick tips for making the most out of your day:
Make a list and make a rank and assign a time of day for it’s completion. It’s not enough to just make a list. Many people make lists. It’s really about how you make the list work for you instead of it thwarting your productivity.
Think about it, you could potentially put any number of to dos on your list. The problem? ALL of those things probably don’t need to be done right that moment or they should be ranked in order of importance and allocated the appropriate time of completion.
For example, if you work in the hospitality industry and need to call potential clients this frog would be top of the list and mornings would be ideal. If you were in the industry, then you would know not to call on Fridays because hotels typically have events on weekends and Fridays are designated set up days.
Figure out how many minutes you would dedicate to each call. My general rule of thumb is two to three minutes tops and of course you would have to use your judgement in every situation. Trust me here, been there, done that. The purpose here is to maximize the impact your time has and not to waste any.
- Make your list with no more than five to ten things to do. The more you pack onto your list, the more daunting your mind will perceive it to be.
- Know your priorities and have your daily goals crystallized so that the ranking process will be seamless.
- Rank your to do list with the most important at the top of the list and ending with the least important. For example, if checking emails is a huge to do, then you’ll probably want to wake up a bit earlier to tackle that frog and you may want to start your day getting work emails cleared away.
Attach deadlines to activities and goals you need accomplished. Goals without dates are the epitome of ambiguity. When the mind cannot perceive an end to a task, odds are it’ll never get done.
- For example, “lose ten pounds” is not a goal. Lose ten pounds by July 24th, 2016 is a definite, clear goal.
- The next step would be to break down your goals by month, weeks, and daily activities. The more proficient you are throughout the course of the month, the more effective you’ll be every single day.
Brian Tracy says, “Time management is really life management, personal management.” I hope you take that to heart and run with it.
Eat healthy and supplement. Eating alone is never enough. If your foods lack the nutrients your body requires to be healthy and energized, then you’ll only be consuming empty calories and won’t be enthused about attempting that frog.
Let’s face it; the tomatoes you eat today ain’t your grandma’s tomatoes. If you’re able to grow your own fruits and veggies or buy organic, then awesome, but keep in mind that most organic crops are NOT grown on their own farms, they’re outsourced.
There’s a difference between organic and certified organic. “Organic” meaning seventy percent (70%) of the product is organic and “certified organic” meaning one hundred percent (100%) of the product is organic.
- Did you know that it’s important to color yourself healthy? Yes!!! White fruits and veggies strengthen bones and joints. Green fruits and veggies make your cells happy!! Purple fruits and veggies gives you brain food, literally! Any fruits and veggies that are orange promotes vision health and red fruits and veggies gives you a good heart…nah it promotes a healthy heart and that’s a fantastic start!
- Any supplementation isn’t good supplementation. Many people feel if they take a seven dollar vitamin with a one dollar off coupon, then they’re receiving the necessary nutrition. You’ll have a hard time filling your nutritional gaps with inorganic, empty vitamins. Did you know that you’re supposed to eat five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day? The possibility of you consuming that much is unlikely so this is precisely why you must supplement.
The vitamin I take is certified organic, kosher, they own their own farmlands and even own the airspace above the farms and they’re NSF certified! My daily intake includes the following:
- Vitamin E that’s equal to thirty three tablespoons of peanut butter
- Naicin equal to one and a half chicken breasts
- Vitamin C equal to seven cups of cantaloupe
- Vitamin B6 equal to twenty two medium bananas
- Magnesium equal to more than four cups of peas and I haven’t even mentioned the remaining sixteen vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients!
Your mental acuity is vital to eating your frog. If your mind is foggy, sleep deprived, stressed and you lack nutrition, then you cannot eat your frog.
Drink lots of water. Water isn’t only for hydration. The benefits of water are life changing to say the least. Water will enhance your performance, relieve headaches and positively affect the function of your brain and give you loads of much needed energy.
Don’t just drink filtered water. Drink purified water. Think about it, all of the water used to wash dishes, flush toilets, etc. gets re-filtered into your home. Filtered water will eliminate the chemicals from your water, but it will not remove bacteria, and viruses. You water will still contain microorganisms and unfortunately your body then becomes the filter.
Purified water meets EPA standards and will kill most organic and Inorganic contaminants. The purifier I use kills 99.9999% of bacteria, 99.99% of viruses, and 99.99% of cryptosporidium and giardia cysts. Its NSF certified for product safety and environmental protection and bears the ETL mark for electrical safe products.
Get your day organized, THE NIGHT BEFORE. Never wait until the day of to make your list. Take five minutes out of your evening prior, to make your list, post it where you can see and settle your mind. There’s something calming about being mentally ready for the day and it all starts the night before.
Think of all the non-productive things we do and how easily those things can get eliminated or decreased once your day is definite and purposeful.
Add your list to your reminder app on your smart phone or use Google calendar. Google calendar will send you reminder emails when a task needs to be completed or you could use a good ole pen and paper. I use a pen and paper, plus I use my google calendar for big tasks and my iPhone for daily to dos. I recently started using my iPhone for no other reason but to give myself a high five emoji every time I take down my frog.
“If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first.” So go out there and tackle that frog!
C.T.A: Did you like this post? If yes, we would so appreciate it if you like, share and commented. How about you, how do you tackle your frog? Are you getting better at getting more productive, if yes, what would you say holds you back?