How Would You Like Your Frog?


Mark Twain once said, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” The expression of eating a frog is identified with arduous chores. This could be an e-mail you’ve postponed writing or a project you just haven’t started. Consequently, the frog issue urges you to do whatever ‘that’ thing is, first. It states that if you begin your day with this task, then the indescribable feeling of having accomplished something will be present throughout the coming hours.

And so, for a long time I’ve also been choosing a ‘frog,’ every day, and trying my best to finish it before delving into the day’s chaos (bringing this chaos to a minimum is another never-ending life goal, by the way). I know that if I don’t finish that ‘frog,’ my brain will blow it out of proportion, and so it and my mind will come together to ruin my day, and forget about the completing that task, I’ll be trying to do other things with utterly unsteady concentration. I can definitely say that the fatigue of having done something is not as intense as the burden of not having done something.

Specify your frog tomorrow morning. Finish that task before you check your e-mails, and before morning turns into noon. You’ll be thanking me when you’re basking in that inexplicable joy!

Bon appétit.

Begüm

 

Translated by Feride Yalav-Heckeroth

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