Daily Tip: Eat the Frog

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Here’s a phrase that neatly—and memorably—summarizes the concept of bumping tasks you hate to the top of your to-do list: eat the frog.

The phrase derives from a quote attributed to Mark Twain: “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Making a habit of tackling big, difficult, time-consuming tasks first, before your daily schedule fills up with noise and distraction, is an excellent way to curb one’s tendency to procrastinate. Actually completing those tasks will also give you a nice boost in energy and mood—perfect for dealing with the rest of your day.

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