cooking the frog
Yesterday we talked about three ways to get through the slump.
I heard from one lovely reader that they would likely not eat a live frog, even if it was presented. I thought this was wonderful because it challenged me to read the quote again. I had not thought of the task in that way.
It DOES say eat a live frog. I thought I would get to cook it first - because hey, butter. Who doesn't love butter?
But nope, it says "live"... huh.
So today's topic is on some of the ways I make a task more palatable!
For example, why eat the raw veggies if I can make a smoothie (please do not try this with frogs...).
Without further ado:
3 epic task management strategies - for those frogs you don't want to eat.
1. Focus on starting.
Give yourself permission to focus only on beginning the task.
This helps you move over the initial motivation hump. That pesky discomfort that arises from not knowing all the pieces. Tough to sit through, but tougher if you avoid it - rip off that band-aid and start.
I am a big fan of the concept that action precedes motivation.
Try it and see!
2. Set a timer.
Think of Nike's Just Do It! slogan.
Except you don't have to finish the job. Just do it! for a set amount of time.
Start with 10 minutes. Need to write a report? Work on that book you wanted to write but never get around to? Just Do It! Start with the set amount of time.
You can add more time if you need or want to, but chances are good that you will find your flow! And if not, you can stop for the day. Timer time tomorrow!
3. Reward your efforts.
I like Smarties. Ever since I was a wee child and had to start writing essays at age 8 (gosh I hated those assignments), I would reward myself with Smarties. Write a paragraph, eat a Smartie. Finish a chapter, eat a Smartie.
I still do this to this day! Write a blog post, eat 10 Smarties (who am I kidding, I am an adult and can eat Smarties whenever I want!).
I don't believe food should be used as a reward, but I do enjoy this use.
What are the ways that work for you? Confetti celebration? Nature walk? Netflix episode? Leave a comment below with your reward ideas - I love rewards!
So, is there a task in your life that seems hard right now? Want to eat that frog?
Focus on simply starting. Setting a timer. Rewarding your efforts.
You've got this! A year from now, this will be a distant memory and you will have conquered ALL THE THINGS!