Thursday, July 16, 2015

Would you like fries with that frog?

By Mary Jane Maffini aka half of Victoria Abbott

I’ve been meaning to write a post on procrastination, but the next week always seems a better time to do that. However, this week, while I was avoiding something that really needed to be done, I have happened to read about the phrase ‘eat your frog’. 

Apparently this phrase, which has been adopted by time management gurus and motivational speakers, was inspired by the great Mark Twain:  “If you eat a frog first thing in the morning that will probably be the worst thing you do all day.” 


When I regained consciousness, I realized that this metaphor for doing the thing worst first is actually a terrific idea. But it’s hard to argue with the idea, even though around here we quite like frogs and the great job they do. As you can see, daughter Victoria (the other half of Victoria Abbott) loves to photograph them.

Regardless, I resolved to do the hardest thing first, right after my nap.  

We started to adapt the phrase and use it, mostly with each other. Here’s a typical conversation:

Me: Did you eat your frog yet?
He: No, I have a problem with a bunch of tadpoles.

Or …
He: Did you eat your frog yet?
Me: My office is like a holiday camp for frogs.

Don't eat me! I'm just a metaphor

Never mind. We did start to do some horrible things (think government forms) we’d been putting off waiting for the right time.  We love the feeling of exhilaration when that nasty little job is out of the way first thing in the morning.

Go ahead. Take that nap. I'll wait. Honest.

Everything else seems possible and even fun.  Thank you, froggies! 

And now, what about you? Do you ‘eat the frog’? Or do you have another idea for getting unpleasant tasks out of the way? Or a gentler metaphor. Let’s hear it!