“Eat a live frog first thing every morning and nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day” – Mark Twain

It is often easy to postpone overwhelming and scary jobs in the hope that you’ll get round to it later. However, maybe we should take advice from Twain and take control of our day.

Twain encourages us to ‘eat our frog’, or in other words, to get the worst part of the day over and done with. Shelving tasks can be damaging to our working day and affect productivity if they loom over our heads: your imagination enlarges the burden and the common enemies of distraction and procrastination become easier.

By ‘eating the frog’ and accomplishing the trickiest task of the day in the morning, you have a sense of accomplishment. The rest of the working day does not seem so challenging, you eliminate stress and provide yourself with a positive reinforcement that will improve work output.

The dreaded job or task you have can be reduced to an achievement if you approach it with your fresh mind at the beginning of the day. You will improve the office ambience due to workplace relief. We can all learn from Twain’s wise words, so bite the bullet or ‘eat the frog’ and thank yourself for it later.

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