One of my (many) self-destructive tendencies is procastination. After researching this I have concluded that I am better than some and worse than others, but it adversely affects me pretty much every work day.
I manage to make deadlines and keep things on schedule, but I also spend a lot of time wishing for asteroid strikes to remove the need for me to switch on my brain and tackle the tasks ahead.
This morning I decided to conduct another experiment on myself. This morning I decided to eat the frog first.
As I’m sure some of you are aware ‘eat the frog first’ is a quote attributed to Mark Twain: “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” To me this means getting the worst, most avoided, task over and done with first…because when that is out of the way what more could there be to encourage procastination?
This is NOT a foolproof plan.
Today I began by writing two lists, one was of things I HAD to get done and the other was of things I would LIKE to get done. I then held my nose, closed my eyes and ate the frog. I picked the task off the HAD to do list that I least wanted to do and I did it. It helps that my brain works better in the morning…after several coffees. I had also promised myself that if I managed to eat this particular frog I was allowed to not do anything else off the HAD to do list.
It got done. But…
It lead on to a phone call which lead on to me having to attend a meeting that most definitely could be an email. But…the task is done. The frog has been eaten. I NEVER HAVE TO DO THAT (particular task) AGAIN and that feels pretty good.
I shall continue to try to eat the grossest and least appealing frog each work day morning, hoping to make it a habit, but I will also continue to research methods of beating procastination. I stress myself out, I cause myself anxiety and I leave myself with little choice but to rush towards deadlines. Those are things I don’t want to carry on doing so, if they are based on science or the experience of someone I respect, then I will give more procastination solutions a try. Even if it is as gross as metaphorically eating an amphibian.