― Mark Twain
Have you ever heard the term, “Eat the Frog First”? I heard this several months ago and I’m not sure why when put this particular way it stuck, but it did. Basically, it’s a way of systematically prioritizing your tasks each day, hour, etc. This is something I really struggled with when I first started working at home (and still sometimes do). Yes, working. This ‘staying-at-home’ stuff is no joke, but I digress.
The idea here is to prioritize based on your need and desire to do tasks. Lifehack outlines it best:
The things you need to do, but don’t want to do. Aka, the “Frog(s)”
The things you need to do and want to do.
The things you want to do, but don’t need to do.
The things you don’t need or want to do.
Ideally, you want to reprogram your brain and create a habit of eating the frog first. The reward there is you’ve done the ‘worst’ thing first, thereby making everything else seem easier or better. For me, it’s usually bathrooms, putting away laundry and some days, working out. I’m really trying to get better at this. I have developed a habit of putting these things off until I have to do them. Then I’m not happy about it because inevitably, I’d rather be doing something else, but it’s all about recognizing things you don’t like and working on them, right? Easier said than done sometimes…