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Eat the FROG First! February 18, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Humor, Life Balance.

For some WONDERFUL advice, check out Love Out Loud’s latest post . . .  Start the Day by Doing Something You Love.

Even if we take just 10 minutes each morning to think about the things that we LOVE about our life . . . it puts us in the right frame of mind to focus on the positives as we go through the rest of our day.

And whatever we choose to focus on grows LARGER!  Instead of getting caught up in the underbrush of weeds and decaying leaves, we see the forest and all the possibilities it offers.

Once your “ME” time is up . . . roll up your sleeves and eat the FROG first.

Not literally, of course.

Do the one thing you LEAST want to do first and get it out of the way so you can enjoy the rest of the day.

Quote:  It’s amazing the things we find to do to avoid doing amazing things. 

No rules.  Just write!

What about you? 

Do you take a few moments each day to focus on what is going right?  Do you take time to S.M.I.L.E. (See Miracles In Life Everyday)?

Related posts: Walking Meditation * Meditation 101 * Creative Visualization


1. Shannon Sullivan - February 18, 2011

Great post … thanks for sharing … I was just thinking of this same thing today while working … I do my morning pages but what would it be like to start the day dancing or singing and then go into day … I didn’t think about the what I don’t want to do part but that adds to the circle of it … I can often avoid … I love when I am tuned in enough to see the little miracles everyday 🙂

nrhatch - February 18, 2011

Thanks, Shannon.

I love starting the day by dancing to favorite music. Even so, I don’t often “find the time” to dance before tackling my “to do” list. I’m going to aim to do better.

2. oldancestor - February 19, 2011

I’m afraid I’d be late for work. My favorite things take more than 10 minutes.

nrhatch - February 19, 2011

Ten minutes of me time . . . then “eat the frog” by going to work ON TIME. 🙂

oldancestor - February 19, 2011

I try to figure out how I can do everything at the same time. Unfortunately, I’m restricted by my number of limbs.

nrhatch - February 19, 2011

We need to be like the Hindu Gods with four arms on each side. 😀

3. granny1947 - February 19, 2011

Ok…I am off to clean the toilets…this had better work!

nrhatch - February 19, 2011

I’ve tried it a few times when something HAD to be done tht I was dragging my heels on.

Getting it out of the way, instead of having it “hang over my head,” made a BIG difference in the quality of my day.

4. eof737 - February 19, 2011

We have to or we will perish… 🙂
Eat the frog… interesting!

nrhatch - February 19, 2011

Of course, some frogs are favorite frogs . . . like the ones croaking “Bud~weis~er!” 😉

5. kateshrewsday - February 19, 2011

Great advice for me, an arch procrastinator.. thanks Nancy. Eat the frog first. east the frog first.

nrhatch - February 19, 2011

It has helped me a time or two:

When there was so much to do that there had to be a written list. Looking over the list didn’t make my stomach churn except for THAT ONE ITEM.

Every time my eyes settled on it, I grew dismayed ~ knowing it HAD to be done and knowing I did NOT want to do it.

Once it was crossed off, it gave me a boost of courage . . . plus the rest of the list looked like a walk in the park.

6. Tilly Bud - February 19, 2011

I like this advice. Not sure I’ll follow it (I hate cooking dinner and that’s an evening job) but I’ll do my best.

nrhatch - February 19, 2011

I don’t like cooking “under pressure” ~ I enjoy it more if I spend my time in the kitchen before dinner time has arrived.

I often fix the veggies, or make a casserole, or set up the slow cooker/crockpot earlier in the day . . . so that dinner’s ready when we are.

I’m also a great fan of planned leftovers. Cook once. Eat three times. 😉

7. Debra - February 19, 2011

Yes good advice….except I think I will replace the ‘frog’ with ‘fried onions’. 🙂 (I really do not like fried onions..hehe)

nrhatch - February 19, 2011

Thanks, Debra.

It’s helped me out a time or two when procrastination kept tugging at my sleeve.

8. viewfromtheside - February 19, 2011

i’m not sure anything can help the procrastinator in me

ps – you have a personal theme for the weekend

nrhatch - February 19, 2011

Thanks for the heads up. I’ll be around shortly.

I hope it’s not a “frog.” 😉

9. clarbojahn - February 19, 2011

I can relate to cooking, I love my slow cooker for that very reason. My Mom taught me to do my work first and play after. Eat the frog first is a good way to say it. Haven’t eaten the frog yet today so I’ll go eat. Thanks for this post.

nrhatch - February 19, 2011

Well, actually, Jeanne suggests playing first ~ for a few minutes each morning. To get you in a positive state of mind.

Then, do the one thing that you least want to do while you are filled with all that positive energy.

After that, continue to enjoy the rest of your day!

10. flyinggma - February 19, 2011

Love this! So many mornings I let the urgent push aside the things I love and never get back to the things I love. I am always left feeling cheated from “me” time.

nrhatch - February 19, 2011

Perhaps you should start every day with Toes Up In The Recliner . . . for 10 minutes, or so. 🙂

11. flyinggma - February 19, 2011

Sounds like a good place to start!

nrhatch - February 19, 2011

Do something FUN. Get enthused. Do something that needs doing. Feel courageous for getting the frog out of the way.

12. Piglet in Portugal - February 19, 2011

“Do the one thing you LEAST want to do first and get it out of the way so you can enjoy the rest of the day.” DUSTING!!!! you can grow potatoes on my dresser 😳

nrhatch - February 19, 2011

Oh, are your cheeks red! 😀

13. Carol Ann Hoel - February 19, 2011

This season of my life has been peaceful and rewarding, so it’s not difficult to be thankful. Yesterday with vertigo (my frog for the day), I was thankful that it was mild, not throwing me to the floor, just head nausea. My husband was well, big plus! I spent much of my time resting, thankful my husband is still well enough that I was able rest. He sat in his chair napping on and off. Blessings to you always…

nrhatch - February 19, 2011

Glad that you and your husband were both able to rest yesterday.

Life is always more challenging when we don’t feel well.

14. Tokeloshe - February 21, 2011

Good advice.
Thank you for the link.

nrhatch - February 21, 2011

Enjoy your visit to Love Out Loud!

15. l0ve0utl0ud - February 22, 2011

Thank you for the pingback! You are absolutely right -we should start our ‘to do’ list with the thing that we least want to do. This is the golden piece of advice my grandma gives me again and again!

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