For those that haven’t ever heard of the saying “eat the frog” we’ll just say right off the bat that we aren’t asking you actually go out and get frog legs to eat. This is a saying used by some of the most productive people in the world and it basically means that you should take on your hardest task first thing in the morning in order to not only put it behind you but also get your day off to a productive start.
The thought behind this is that there aren’t a lot of people that want to eat a frog and there might be fewer people that want to tackle their hardest task of the day first thing in the morning. There is a good reason why procrastination is an old past time for a lot of people. It’s not always the worst thing in the short term when you put off a must do a task for something more fun. In the end, it normally causes you more stress and with a chronic disease, we want to avoid this.
Now from our studies, we found that many of the most successful people make it a habit to take on one of their hardest tasks of the day as soon as they get their day going. Easy to say but much harder to do when you live with a chronic disease. This is a big area of discussion when developing the Better Life Patient Journal.
For many patients, the day doesn’t start productively. In fact, many times we are just trying to get our bodies going and survive the morning. This is what led us to add a section of our journal to track both your mental and physical wellness throughout the day. Making this habit will allow you to figure out what the best time of day is for YOU is.
From there we don’t suggest you wake up and eat your frog (challenge) that day. We want you to schedule your day around eating the frog at your strongest part of the day. For some this might be late morning, for others, it might be an early night. Our journal will guide you through the process of figuring out the best time of day for you, that is when you schedule this task and cross it off your list.
Imagine the progress you can make by eating 365 frogs per year? That can add up to some major changes in your life. It’s not going to be easy and there will be a learning curve. Even after that, every day won’t be the same and you will have to roll with the punches of living with a disease. But when you begin to build “eating the frog” into your routine, you’ll be AMAZED at how quickly you can reach some of your goals.
Want help organizing your “Eat the frog” tasks and others? Pick up one of our Better Life Patient Journals and follow our system. We know it will help you reach new heights with your chronic disease. Don’t give up. Keep fighting and you’ll be amazed at the results you’ll see.