A quote often attributed to Mark Twain says,
“Eat a live frog every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”
So, to ease your troubled minds regarding my sanity and lack of discernment, let me explain. The concept behind this quote has been captured in the book, Eat That Frog: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy. The basic idea is that the “frog” is the task you are most likely to procrastinate on, but would have greatest impact on the rest of your day.
Those of us who are Christians would agree that the one “task” that will have lasting impact on your life, not just your day, is sitting at Jesus’ feet and communing with Him in prayer and the Word. After that, there are tasks that we need to accomplish each day for family, home, work, and ministry that make for full days for most of us! And for me, it also means learning to wisely prioritize and avoid procrastination to make the best use of my time (Eph. 5:15-16).
So what “frog” did I eat yesterday? Well, next to frogs, there’s something else that gives me that same yucky feeling. The one chore that seems to sap all my energy just thinking about it, and that is left until the last possible moment…ironing! Thankfully, there was not much ironing yesterday, but that just gave me more reason to want to put it off. I told myself, “There’s not really enough here to worry about yet, and we won’t be wearing most of these items any time soon, so I can just wait another day or two.” Procrastination.
So I did it. I ate the frog. BUT…unlike the Twain quote, and against Tracy’s advice, I didn’t tackle it first thing in the morning. Instead, first thing in the morning, I spent time with the Lord in prayer and study, got the kids off to school, had a fun play date with Titus and one of his friends, and then, I ate the frog! Well, maybe I didn’t exactly eat the frog, but I can confidently say I at least tried it, and it wasn’t so bad! I consider that day a success!
What’s your frog for today? Tomorrow?