I Can’t Eat the Frog

And then I regret it. Usually profoundly.

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Photo Credit: Santiago Ron via Compfight cc

There’s a wonderful book on productivity called Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy. It’s full of humour and helpful tips to stop procrastinating. The idea is to do the things that you really don’t want to do first to get them over with and out of the way. It’s excellent advice. Unfortunately, some of the time I don’t follow it.

I am a terrible procrastinator. I really need a hard deadline – then my work ethic kicks in – I don’t like to be late. That’s why I sign up for races. Otherwise I’d probably never get off my you-know-what.

Most of the time, I’m efficient enough and I leave myself just enough time for those really hard projects or reports so they get done, and to the standard I expect for myself. But every once in a while…I get caught.  Yes, even after all my experience. What happens? I apologize and pull an all nighter. I should’ve eaten that frog.

Do you want to hear my favourite joke about procrastination?  I’ll tell you later.


2 Responses to “I Can’t Eat the Frog”

  1. Sue, I think about your own tales of procrastination, and I think about my own experiences too. I tend to give myself a deadline if one is not given to ensure that I meet it. I can’t help but wonder now though about Growing Success. Overall, I really love what this document encourages, but I keep thinking about our new approach to late assignments. In many ways, there are no firm deadlines anymore. What would this have meant for me in school? What long-term impact may it have on our students? I wonder if it may make it harder & harder for some of them to eat that frog.


  2. Your post makes me think that you might enjoy Gretchen Rubin’s work about habits. She describes Four Tendencies about how people approach forming habits in her new book Better Than Before. Here’s one of her recent blog posts–

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