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Monday, January 13, 2014

The Problem With Doing The Hard Stuff First

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.

Etcetera.

5 comments:

Lavender Life UK said...

Oh Kristy, I feel so sorry for you. I hope everyhing end up well. About your health, do you know about gear juicers and green juices? Freshly made vegetable juices? They are very good to burst your immune system!! And help with those symtoms. Let me know if you want to know more about it. Take care. xxx

Homemakersdaily.com said...

Great point, Kristy. NOW is not always the best time to eat the frog. I so agree.

I think you bring up a good reminder and that is that all those principles we read and hear about, like doing the hardest stuff first, are meant to be general principles only - not hard and fast rules. You have to use common sense in applying them. Your situation today was a perfect example. Yes, they needed done. Yes, you dreaded them. But no, today wasn't a good day - at least for both.

Thanks for sharing what you learned. Great lesson for all of us. And I hope you feel better ASAP!

Jerry Evans said...

What a hard time! If it helps at all, I can say that your intelligence and wit are an inspiration. I am plucking up courage to strait my own blog and you will be a role model for me. I was thinking of starting with an entry called 'real men use Washi Tape' What do you think?

Jerry Evans said...

What a hard time! If it helps at all, I can say that your intelligence and wit are an inspiration. I am plucking up courage to strait my own blog and you will be a role model for me. I was thinking of starting with an entry called 'real men use Washi Tape' What do you think?

Anonymous said...

I have never agreed with the eat the frog approach myself. Does a high jumper attempt their highest jump at the start of a competition? Does a sprinter just go for the world record without warning up first?

The frogs are emotionally challenging, and if not approached properly you can pull some big emotional injury.

My best days are the ones where I start small, really small and get the satisfaction of achieving. That warms up my mind and my motivation. Then I eat the big stuff before I run out of steam.