• charlie linnell

just eat the damn frog.

here’s some snippets of productivity wisdom that’s been helpful for me lately.

“If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first.” - Mark Twain

mark twain means that if your task is to eat a frog, you should do it as soon as you can and nothing worse than that will happen for the rest of the day.


this method is more or less about getting better at prioritizing. you know what’s important to do, you know your focus and you get a clearer mindset. not only that, if you’re already done with the most difficult or important task as soon as possible in the day, you will probably be left with a great feeling in your stomach, a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction. it will also increase your productivity. after your accomplishment, there’s a good chance that you will ride on that wave and get more things done in the day.


i needed to do something about my music production session. i am tired after work and the dark weather isn’t helping. so i decided to eat the frog by waking up one hour earlier before work to sit down and make music. these two weeks i’ve been working in the studio almost every day. for me, music production is an essential frog. but drinking green tea, vitamins, meditation, journaling, reading my vision board are also five frogs that i always get done in the morning.


i also use this method at work to sharpen my focus and increase my productivity. i feel satisfied by the end of the workday. no matter how much work needs to be done, i always know my priorities and i don’t feel overwhelmed or stressed. i plan my frogs like this structure:


To do:


FROG:


ADD:


FUN:


Frog is the most important task that needs to be done first.

Add is the second most important task that i do right after the first frog.

Fun is treating myself to a fun task at work, but it can also be things like eating chocolate, meditating or taking a walk.

Frog, Add, Fun = FAF.


so there you go. the summary is ”eat more frogs” i guess. :)

disclaimer: something to someone is something else to someone else. if you get inspired by my words and want to apply anything to your own life then that’s wonderful. if you don’t agree with me then that’s okay too. no hard feelings. i’m not trying to convince anyone of anything, i just want to write about interesting topics because it’s just a pure simple pleasure of mine. thank you for reading. :)