As I mentioned in my first post, I love a challenge. What I didn’t mention, among many other things, is that I am a procrastinator. I have long since known about this deficiency. My thoughts were that by cornering myself into a project for a full year I can address it head on or at the very least, make an attempt to overcome it.
Mark Twain once wrote: “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” This quote speaks directly to me. Getting the ugliest of task off your plate first thing in the morning frees you up to enjoy the beautiful day that lies before you. What I really like about this message is the simple truth. Sometimes you can’t sugar-coat the fact that in life, taking action even when you don’t feel like it (and sometimes especially when you don’t feel like it), is the best thing to do.
For years I have been operating with a time-proven method for self-motivation: guilt. I have guilt in my life for lots of reasons and I use it for every single one of them. My most basic example of this useful tool would be the creative way I twist what will happen if I don’t complete a task at hand. I have come to find my method both reliable and productive, while still holding steadfast to my understanding that I am expending too much energy on the guilty feelings and not enough energy on the actual task at hand. Exhausted? Me too.
So here is my challenge. I am not going to eat a frog but I am going to make myself look closer at my to do lists each morning and honestly reason out what is weighing over me the most. I’ll get the heaviest part of my day over with as soon as possible. After all, what girl doesn’t want to start the day off feeling a little lighter?
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