This is the premise behind a great little productivity book, Eat That Frog! To quote, “Your ‘frog’ is is your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it. It is also the one task that can have the greatest positive impact on your life and results at the moment.”
What is your frog today? If it’s something small, consider eating that frog first thing this morning–you’ll feel better the rest of the day!
If it’s something more involved, try to break the task down (see Improve Your Productivity, Part 1 if you need help with that), then do one “Pomodoro” (25 minutes of focused, uninterrupted work–remember that from Improve Your Productivity, Part 2?).
If you’re feeling ambitious, Eat That Frog! is one of those books worth having on hand. It’s about $9 for paperback or Kindle download. It’s 120 pages long, has 21 practical tips to improve your productivity, and it’s motivating!
So quit spending your energy thinking about what you should be doing and Eat That Frog!