This morning I woke up and decided to finally Eat That Frog (reference to a time management book of the same name) and start my day by tackling the big ugly task I've been putting off first.
Brian Tracy (the author of the book) quotes Mark Twain as saying:
"...if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long."
Brian Tracy adds his own rule - "If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first."
The book's premise is that usually the one main task we procrastinate over, is the one that is most important, and will probably have the greatest impact on your life and its results.
It encourages you to just start that one ugly task, and stick at it until its gone. Deep down we all know what task that is; the one hanging over us, the one we keep running away from.
Today I woke at 7am, and started chewing my frog instantly. I stuck with it till mid afternoon, working through some paperwork that's been bugging me for months. I didn't get dressed, which is rare for me, as even when I work from home I get dressed first. I was in the zone, so I just kept going!
It felt great, and productive. I finally finished, and got dressed and treated myself to a coffee and magazine read. Fabulous.