When I got up this morning, I wrote my latest issue of Short & Sweet (my weekly email series) BEFORE I checked my email or looked at my to-do list.
I know, it’s hard to believe. But it’s true.
There’s a phrase – “eat that frog” – that comes from Mark Twain, who once said that if the first thing you do in the morning is to eat a frog, you can then go about the rest of your day knowing that the worst is behind you. Your frog is your worst task, so you should do it first thing.
Speaking personally, I’ve experimented with “eating a frog” in the morning for a while (sorry Kermit), and after some time I’ve concluded that more important than doing the worst thing is doing the thing that’s most important to us first thing every morning.
Like that issue of Short & Sweet, for example.
What’s that thing for you today? What’s that thing that matters more to you than anything else on your to-do list but that if you don’t make a priority could easily slip away to tomorrow, and then to the next day, and then to the next?
Tomorrow, do it first thing. Before you check your email. Before you check your phone. Before you survey your to-do list. Just eat it!
And the best part? It’s not a frog you have to eat. It’s a delicious cupcake covered with rainbow sprinkles. Yum.