"If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to
do it first thing in the morning."
Polar Star Lodge No. 79
St. Louis, MO
My daughter looked over my shoulder the other night and asked me why I'd drawn so many pictures of little green frogs in my bullet journal over the last few days. I gave her this Mark Twain quote. I ran across it earlier in the week, and I'd forgotten the wisdom of it. She looked at me very puzzled after I recited it to her.
"You know how I've asked you three times this week to clean up your room," I said to her.
"Yeah," she said.
"And you still haven't done it. You've been putting it off."
"That task is your frog," I told her. "You work harder and spend more time avoiding it, than it would take you to actually do it. It's not going to go away, so why not get it out of the way first thing in the morning and be free of it. It's always best to start your day by doing first what you want to do least."
And she got it. She cleaned her room. We now refer to things we don't want to do as frogs, but we do them.
My bullet journal over the last several months has helped me get organized, get caught up, but I still had a list of four or five things that I just didn't want to do. I think I could put them off forever. This week, I brought that list forward and drew a little green frog next to each one. I've knocked one off every day this week. I have one remaining which I'll suffer through tomorrow. Then I'm frog free--well, at least until the next one comes along.
Mark Twain, for all his folksy humor and charm was a very practical and very intelligent man. There's another part of this quote I left off. The second line is, "And if it's your job to eat two frogs, it is best to eat the biggest one first."
~Todd E. Creason, 33°