Ordering Your Day
Why You Should Eat the Live Frog
“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day” – Mark Twain
Obviously this is a sales blog and not a recipe blog interested in Western European cuisine, so what is meant by ‘eating the live frog first’? In the above quote Mark Twain may seem to come out of nowhere but it is actually an insightful quote into ordering your day. Eating the frog is just Mark Twain’s way of saying to get the difficult or unpleasant things over with at the start of the day and not to put them off or procrastinate. The reason for this is to get the work you most dread out of the way while you are still full of energy and able to devote more positive energy to the task. This ordering allows you to relax for the rest of the day knowing you put forth your best effort and can now relax for the remainder of the day.
There are also a few clever ways of organizing your day to maximize your own productivity such as putting creative work after this unpleasant first task. Doing so will allow you to take a break from the mundane and expand your mind which if done with enough positive energy and less stress can be a break in and of itself. By doing this work first you also use your energy on the most important and longest lasting work you do each day.
Any work involving people should come next, it takes significant energy to deal with people whether you realize it or not. Being awake and aware and full of pleasant energy can boost your communication skills and allow you to be more open and receptive with other individuals.
Finally your lull time towards the end of the day should be focused on any routine work or organizing, these tasks usually use less energy or mental “bandwidth” which allows your day to come to a slow downward curve rather then ramping up to try to get everything done in a single day. By scheduling your day this way you are able to start your day and finish the projects that might cause the most problems and slowly ease through the rest of the day. And that is how ordering your day can be beneficial.