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Jun 20, 2019 15:04:15

Get It Done Now vs. Get It Done Later? 🐸

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Jack Lyons

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It always seems like it will be easier when I put things off, for it's just not the perfect time at the moment ... right? As soon as a task gets hard or I know it will be hard, I immediately think of putting it off. The logic is simple: "now's just not the right time ... I'll do it later when I'm in the right mindset."

Generally, later never means "easier" nor  "better". Conditions are how they are no matter what. Sure, I could attack hard tasks in the morning when my willpower and mental energy is at its peak. That helps. But still, that doesn't mean the lazy couch-potato voice inside my head isn't there, it's just that in the morning I have the power to fend it off and do the work.

Recently I picked up a book titled: "Eat That Frog!" by Brian Tracy. It's premise is that we all have those big, ugly, time-intensive tasks that need doing. By "eating the frog" first, you'll tackle the most challenging task of your day, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also the one that might have the greatest positive impact on your life. 🤔

I don't know if I agree with this or not, but it is helpful to break tasks down and recognise the 🐸 among your to do's. Either way, today is one of those days. I've accomplished a lot already for one client and would love to call it a day, but I still have a frog waiting for me with another client...

What to do ... Should I palm it off for first thing tomorrow and focus on small tasks for the rest of the afternoon, or just go  for it and eat it?

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    @jacklyons Always a tough one. I guess it depend why it's so terrible in the first place... wouldn't life be wonderful if you teamed up with someone who loved dealing with your frogs so that you can deal with your favourite issues? :)

    Craig Petterson avatar Craig Petterson | Jun 20, 2019 23:10:51
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      @craigpetterson it's not always "terrible" though, it's just mentally taxing or time intensive... that's the burden. I love what I do, but yeah of course I have shitty days and tasks I hate doing ... but overall it just comes down to reserving enough mental energy to push through the hard problems!

      Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | Jun 20, 2019 20:42:48
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      @jacklyons sounds like you have it all planned out! For me, (when it comes to my side business) the problem isn't the odd tasks you have to do. The problem for me is the odd jobs you don't NEED to do, but definitely should to progress - keeping in contact with clients, upselling yourself and your work, etc.

      I suppose we'll all get there in the end :)

      Craig Petterson avatar Craig Petterson | Jun 23, 2019 19:28:26
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