Ask me the single biggest trick to getting a long list of tasks accomplished and I'll respond the same way 99% of the time. Eat the frog. That is, do whatever you most dread first and get it out of the way.
Today, there were two things that I really dreaded doing.
First, I had to call the doctor about my asthma. This task wasn't anywhere on my planner, but has become very critical. My asthma been crazy out of control this week. I suspect I have a virus, flu, or infection of some sort in addition to my normal asthma struggles, so I really didn't want to call the doc, since I'll either get blown off (even though I know something is not right) or have to go through x-rays, tests, and appointments (which are exhausting, especially when you already feel awful).
Second, it's time to make the insurance settle my car wreck (or to move forward with suit). The deadline is getting close, and even though I am a lawyer and even though I really want to be just done with the whole thing, they have not been very cooperative or nice and I need this off my task list.
This morning, I called and dealt with the insurance issue. It was a nightmare, but hopefully they will take me seriously this time.
I also called the doctor, but haven't gotten a call back yet.
Here's the problem...I ate the frog, but now I feel queasy. I was tired from the constant asthma attacks/infection, emotionally drained just because it's Monday, and late for carpool due to pouring rain and horrible traffic. I didn't have the energy to deal with the frog today and, now, I'm paying for that.
I didn't have to call the insurance today. I should have only dealt with the doctor and played wait and see for a couple more days with the insurance. I wasn't thinking. I was just mindlessly doing, and while that earned a check mark on my task list, it also earned a headache, stress, and unease. I should have waited on eating that particular frog.
Learn a lesson from me. It's usually best to get the worse things over with. But, first, make sure you have the tools to deal with the problem, even if those tools simply consist of energy.
Eat the frog, but wait until dinner time if that's when you get hungry.