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Eat a Frog!

Da Vinci Faculty member Mr Mark Fuller challenges you to Eat a Frog!

Mark Twain said that if the first thing you do in the morning is to eat a live frog, you can then go through the day knowing that things can only get better. This principle can also be used for time management and procrastination by considering the worst tasks you need to do during the day as frogs.

All planned good intentions to be active and productive get harder as lockdown continues. They are very much like New Year’s resolutions.

Remember the 6 rules to good time management.

1. First rule of frog eating is if you have to eat 2 frogs choose the ugliest one first…do the hardest task first, complete the task then move onto the next. Completing a task (of any size) triggers the release of endorphins in your brain, which gives you a natural high resulting in a surge of energy, enthusiasm, and self-esteem. The more important the completed task, the happier, more confident you will feel about yourself.

2. Second rule is do not sit and look at your frog. If you procrastinate your frog might disappear and you may never eat it. According to Brian Tracy focusing on being action orientated not only creates a positive habit but it also makes you feel good and builds confidence. Nike say ‘Just do it”

3. Third rule is prioritise by working backwards. Identify your biggest goal (SMART) for the week and reverse engineer what you need to do to make it happen. Paul Meyer says that productivity is always the result of intelligent planning and focused effort. It is a commitment to excellence.

4. Fourth rule is the 80/20 rule. 80% of the results will come from 20% of the work. Focus on what matters.

5. Fifth rule is know your capacity (productive window) and take strategic breaks. Create blocks of time divided into work time, rest time and fun time. Lou Holt says that it is not the load that creates stress but the way you carry it.

6. Sixth rule is give each task and meeting time constraints so you do not allocate more energy than you should.
Gym coaches will often tell you that you cannot expect to succeed if you only work when you feel like it. What is your plan to eat your frog?