Don’t Kill Kermit!

‘Eat the frog’ is not a recipe for grilled Muppet but a personal management technique. The idea is that you do the thing you don’t want to but *need* to. The most important thing. First thing in the morning. Obviously after that all important cup of coffee.

This is the advice of Brian Tracy. I think there is a lot to it, but it needs coupling with when your optimum work time is (mine is the early morning – yawn). Where the frog idea came from is interesting ….

Eat the frog!

Brian Tracy loves the Pareto Principle. The 80/20 rule. Derived by Vilfredo Pareto in 1885 (he was looking at wealthy Italians). He applies it to work – you get 80% of the impact from 20% of what you do.
Certainly, no-one ever got promoted for ‘working hard’. Results and getting noticed for them are so important.

Let’s find the quality frogs

I would like you try a quick experiment. No beakers or bunsen burners required!

  1. Write down ten things on your to do list
  2. What is the most important?
  3. What is next most important?
  4. If you got these things done what would it do for you?
  5. What is the impact of these two things vs. the rest of the list?

If like me, the urgent crowds out the important, it could be time to eat a couple of frogs.

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