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03 November 2023

Boosting Productivity: Embracing the Art of Eating the Frog

Today, let’s talk about a quirky yet powerful concept that has transformed my approach to productivity: eating the frog. Now, before you conjure up images of me dining on some amphibian delicacy, let me explain this odd but effective metaphor.

In essence, “eating the frog” refers to tackling those pesky tasks we tend to avoid, whether due to their complexity or because they simply don’t resonate with our strengths. However, it’s not just about conquering the most challenging tasks; it’s also about prioritising the ones that truly propel your business forward.

Picture this – a task you keep pushing to the back burner because, well, it just doesn’t feel right for you. In my experience, this is often a signal that maybe it’s time to delegate or seek help. But if you find yourself in a situation where it’s just you, and there’s no one to delegate to, that’s when you need to take a bite of that frog bright and early.

Mornings, I’ve learned, are a golden window for peak energy and focus and I delved a lot into this in last week’s blog. So, when I set out to record my podcasts or engage in intense creative tasks, I always make sure it’s during this prime time. There’s a certain satisfaction that comes with accomplishing the most daunting tasks first thing, setting a positive tone for the day ahead.

But here’s the clincher – it’s not just about ploughing through these tasks. It’s about setting specific time limits for them. I often find myself relying on the wisdom of Parkinson’s Law, which essentially states that tasks expand to the time allocated for them. Sounds familiar, right?

I recall my mum’s clever time management technique back in the day, setting a timer to get things done. It’s a strategy that has undoubtedly seeped into my work ethic. With the help of a trusty hourglass, I’ve learned the art of setting realistic time goals, allowing me to accomplish more in focused bursts.

And let me tell you, it works like a charm. By committing to specific timeframes for each task, I’ve witnessed a remarkable boost in both productivity and efficiency. It’s incredible how much we can achieve when we’re laser-focused and driven by deadlines.

So, if you often find yourself juggling multiple tasks, procrastinating, or feeling overwhelmed, consider giving this frog-eating technique a shot. Embrace the discomfort, set those time limits, and watch as your productivity soars.

Why not take a glance at your diary and plan to dive into those challenging tasks first thing in the morning? Save the mundane admin tasks for later when your creative juices aren’t flowing as vigorously. I will give you an example, it became clear following lots of feedback on my Treat Your Business Facebook group that other clinic owners were putting off tackling implementing the new HCPC updates because most were not sure where to start. So, I thought lets tackle it together, lets not put off this task any longer, and I delivered a HCPC Update Webinar which covered this topic, as well as completing elements of the update at the same time. Done. Within an hour.

Remember, it’s not just about getting things done; it’s about reclaiming control over your time and energy. Trust me; it’s a game-changer.

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