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How Eating the Frog Helps You Get More Done

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What in the world is eating the frog?!? 🐸🐸🐸

And how can it possibly help me get more done???

Let’s finish up our week of tips for balancing work at home with homeschool with a little talk about priorities. Eating the frog kind of priorities. Yes, eating a frog. And no, I haven’t completely lost my mind. <Ribbit>

The term “eat the frog” comes from the quote…

“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”

Mark Twain

I can’t imagine there’s a lot of you who would enjoy eating a frog. And if you do, I’m not judging. But if your job depends on you doing something that you aren’t very motivated to do but needs doing (because it means you’ll make more money, get more clients, or serve your community)…do that thing first. And this same logic can apply to those homeschool assignments that your kids may not be so excited to do.

Eating the frog ensures you get the tasks you NEED to do but don’t WANT to do done. And off your to-do list. No more spinning your wheels doing things for your business that won’t actually move you forward. No more kids realizing at 9pm they have a report due tomorrow but they put it off all day. Eat the frog. Then move on to the tasks you’ll enjoy doing. Usually with a clearer mind and the satisfaction in knowing you got the task you’ve been dreading finished.

You succeed at eating the frog when you’re aware of what needs finished. By knowing your priority tasks. And dedicating yourself to completing those tasks first.

Need tips on figuring out those priority tasks? Click here to check out last week’s episode about TRIM-ing your to-do list.

Often, we are really good at making a to-do list. But then focus on what we want to do. Or what would be the most fun. Or what would be the least work. Taking the extra step to identify your priority task, even if it isn’t your favorite thing to do, ensures the most important tasks are completed to move your business forward. Or that your child’s important assignment is complete.

So if you ever catch yourself wondering why you feel like you work all the time but aren’t seeing results…it may be time to eat the frog. Does your kid always tells you about a big report or assignment at the last minute? It might be time for them to eat the frog.

Complete your urgent and important tasks first to help clear up time and brain space for the things you like to do. Or want to do. You’ll feel less stressed and make more money because you are focusing first on the tasks that will generate revenue. Or grow your community. For your kids, they will learn to get the tasks they hate to do out of the way. And learning to create a prioritized list of tasks is a life skill that benefits them when mom isn’t around. You know, to make sure they get those frogs eaten in college and beyond.

And when you focus on eating the frog, you’ll feel less stressed looking at your to-do list. Imagine a list of 7 tasks, 3 of which you are dreading to do. If you knock those 3 out first, the other 4 tasks will be much easier for you to tackle. You’ll feel more motivated to finish your list rather than letting those tasks you’re dreading hang out until tomorrow.

And when those important tasks we need to do for our work or school life are done clients are happier. Teachers are happier. Our bank accounts are happier. And really the family, in general, is happier.

So as you sit down to create your list of to-do’s, whether it is a daily list, a weekly list. Whether the list is for your business, your child’s school, or just a list of chores around the house…figure out which tasks are your frogs. The tasks you must do for your job in order to generate more revenue. Or serve your clients in an immediate way. The assignments that will have the greatest impact on your child’s grades or education. The household tasks that you’ve been avoiding but are necessary and important. Find your frog and eat it first thing. You’ll be happy you did. And if it’s hard to swallow, ketchup makes nearly everything better.

Your eating the frog action step is to pick that one urgent and important task from your to-do list that you dread doing. And do it first. Make a conscious effort when you look at your list to identify any resistance around those urgent and important tasks. And that same applies as you create a daily list with your kids…encourage them to complete work for the subjects the like least out of the way first. Then they can focus that waning, late day energy on things they prefer. I’d love to hear what frogs you’re eating. Drop me a comment below to let me know what’s on your list.

Ready to experience better mental, physical, and emotional health without sacrificing additional time and energy? Let’s jump on a free, no-obligation 15-minute clarity call to see how I can help you experience more fun & fulfillment in your work and home life.


TRIM you to-do list to get more done

You Should TRIM Your To-Do List to Get More Done

Feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list?

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If you are the mom with a huge, constantly revolving to-do list on your Notes app or a yellow legal pad, today’s episode is for you. If you feel like you don’t know what to do or where to start because your list is so long, I got you, mama.

My TRIM method will help you pare your to-do list down to the essentials and focus on what is urgent and important to do for your work, home, and family. And by focusing on what is a priority, those urgent and important things, you’ll feel less overwhelmed. And you may even want to tackle some of those other to-do list tasks that aren’t as urgent and important.

Up until now, you may just keep a running log of what you want to get done. Or maybe you have a daily checklist in a planner or on your phone. But have you taken the time to prioritize the tasks? Or are you just doing them in the order they’re written? Maybe you’re doing what you want to do first?

By TRIM-ing your to-do list first, you pay your bills, you file your reports in a timely manner, and you see results from completing tasks that will actually have an impact on your work and home life.

When you focus on the tasks that will really have an effect, you will start to feel more accomplished. You may even find some of those other tasks you THOUGHT you needed to do don’t need done now. You may be able to shorten what it is that you need to do. And you can cut down on busywork that may just be you spinning your wheels rather than actually progressing forward.

And of course, when mama feels more accomplished and happy, the family feels more accomplished and happy. Trust me, it is much easier to shut down working mom brain and focus on family time when you cross those urgent and important tasks off the to-do list.

Take a look at your list of tasks and determine what is urgent and important if it falls into these categories…and just a note, some tasks may fall into more than one of these categories. I feel like that just emphasizes the fact that you should do those tasks first.

“T” is for Time Sensitive

Does the task have a deadline or due date? Is that deadline or due date approaching or has it passed? Or are there sub-tasks that are time sensitive that you need to do in order to complete the project or tasks on time? Like you’re doing a podcast interview next week but the host would like you to send a headshot and bio before the interview. Because there is a due date for submitting my headshot and bio, I would consider that task “Time Sensitive”.

“R” is for Required

In other words, is it something you must do or there may be a consequence. For instance, you have to log into a certain site and watch a video. You have to take a class. Or you need to take a test. You need to schedule a meeting. Think “what will happen if I don’t do this tasks.” If the answer is something that may have negative results for your business, your home, or your family, then it is a required tasks you need to do.

“I” stands for Impact

Impact tasks will positively affect your business or home life. From a business standpoint, this is where being clear on which marketing avenues actually help you grow your business and get new clients, and which do not. If a huge part of your clientele comes from social media, tasks related to social media would be considered “impactful”. But if you don’t see a good ROI on a particular platform or you find more success with networking or email marketing, make sure those tasks that make an impact are the first to-do’s you tackle.

“M” is for Money-Related

Finally, will doing this tasks help you make money? I could mean returning an email or phone call to a potential client. Or finishing an online product. Or uploading items to sell in your online store. It could also mean not doing this task cost you money…as in paying your bills late or not paying your bills at all. Think of how completing or not completing this task can positively or negatively impact your bottom line for your business or your family.

Today’s action step for TRIMing your to-do list starts with evaluating your list. Determine what needs done first and what could be delayed or dropped. If a task is Time Sensitive, Required, Will Have a Impact, or is Money Related, do those tasks first! Anything else you can throw in during your day will be a bonus.

Doing a regular review to TRIM your to-do’s will help you stay on track of the most urgent and important tasks for your home and business and help you feel like you get more done. So, what can you TRIM from your to-do list today? Tell me in the comment below…

Ready to experience better mental, physical, and emotional health without sacrificing additional time and energy? Let’s jump on a free, no-obligation 15-minute clarity call to see how I can help you experience more fun & fulfillment in your work and home life.