030: Why Eating the Frog Doesn’t Work

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030: Why Eating the Frog Doesn’t Work

Discover why “eating the frog,” or getting your most dreaded or biggest task done first thing in the morning, is actually a bad idea and a device for procrastination. Instead, I’m sharing ways you can keep moving forward on goals you set, no matter how big. After listening to today’s episode, you’ll feel empowered to create a plan for yourself, instead of mindlessly completing insignificant tasks or procrastinating your progress to the finish line.

Show Notes

What’s In This Episode:

  • Why the system of ‘eating the frog’ doesn’t work for productivity.
  • The formula you need instead of discipline in order to get tasks done and goals accomplished.
  • Big benefits to making plans and celebrating your wins.
  • How to make sure you don’t become burnt out at the end of the day or week.
  • Creating successful days full of momentum and progress.

What To Do Next:

  • Start making your master weekly list at the beginning of each week for the things you know you need to do.
  • Instead of planning every day at the beginning of the week, start planning each day as it comes.
  • Join inkWELL Press Productivity Co. on Facebook and talk with others about productivity.


Resources and Links

  • Top Tips for Starting & Keeping Momentum:
    • Don’t tackle your biggest, most dreaded task on your list right off the bat. Instead, complete a task you WANT to get done that you gain momentum.
    • Use the formula: action, inspiration, motivation, repeat.
    • Make your weekly master list at the beginning of the week, but create your daily to-do list as each day comes.
    • Figure out the smallest task you can accomplish to move you forward and then just do it. Use that as your springboard.
  • Tips for Celebrating Your Wins:
    • Make sure you reward yourself right away after completing a task to stay motivated.
    • Have a piece of candy or fruit – a nice snack that you really want that’s quick and easy, but good.
    • Take 5 minutes of leisure time – watch a funny video on YouTube.
    • Make sure your break periods and little wins are not just excuses for procrastination.

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Learn how to move forward and complete goals by creating small wins for yourself first. Build momentum, don't eat the frog. Get actionable strategies from Productivity expert, Tonya Dalton on the Productivity Paradox podcast.

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