Are you struggling to find time for the things you’ve been promising yourself for years? Feeling like you’re not reaching your full potential? Or just constantly bumping a niggling task to the back burner and then feeling guilty about it? Would you like to know how to make constant progress towards your goals instead? Let’s talk!
If you’re like me, you set a lot of goals for yourself but you don’t always manage to achieve them. Why? Working on big tasks takes dedication, determination, and motivation; if you’re tired, stressed, or just generally out of sorts, anything that requires energy and enthusiasm gets dropped down the list of priorities. There always seems to be other things to do and, let’s face it, easier things. Because getting healthy is all well and good, but know what’s easier? Pizza.
So if you have any hope of achieving your goals, it’s important to tackle them when your motivation and willpower are at their peak.
And when is that? Why, after you’ve had a nice restorative rest, of course. In other words, after a good night’s sleep.
“Eat That Frog” by Brian Tracy (affiliate link below) is based on the theory that if you eat a live frog first thing in the morning, the rest of the day will be a walk in the park. (You’d bloody hope so!) In other words, get the hard shit out of the way first so you can sail through the rest of the day.
The morning is also the best time to tackle things that require a fair whack of willpower because it’s the time when, generally speaking, you’re least tired and the woes of the world aren’t weighing as heavily on your shoulders. The later you leave things in the day, the less motivation you’ll have, the more decision fatigue will have set in, and the more likely something unexpected will crop up that steals your attention from what you should be doing.
Personally, it takes me a while to prise my eyes open in the morning, so I like to start with a small, menial task that won’t take much energy but will build up a bit of momentum for me (usually throwing a load of laundry in the machine). That way, I already feel like I’m starting to get shit done, so I’m more inclined to tackle something else to keep the ball rolling.
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So then it’s bite-the-bullet time. Set aside even just a few minutes and make some progress towards your goal. You obviously don’t have to complete the entire task in one morning (unless you’re Stephen King, who seems to be able to churn out a new book every day before most of us have had breakfast); all you have to do is make progress, so a few minutes should suffice.
If your goal is to...
- ... eat healthier meals
- ... incorporate a bit more movement into your day...
- ... declutter your house
- ... quit your job & travel the world
- ... write a book
Then you could...
- ... prepare some healthy snacks or chop up some veg
- ... knock out a few squats & jumping jacks
- ... whizz around the room with a bin & donation box
- ... draw up a budget & research money-saving tips
- ... set a realistic word count & keep typing 'til you hit it
One foot in front of the other and, before you know it, the job will be done and you’ll have achieved your dreams.
(Or just finally cleared out the garage. Whatever.)
(If you’re unsure HOW to make progress, break the task down by asking, “What’s the next small step I could take?” I talk about that in-depth in my post, How To Get Shit Done & Reach Your Productivity Peak.)
Work those overwhelming or niggling tasks into your morning routine and you’ll be getting all your best work done before you’ve even set foot outside the door. You’ll have eaten your frog and the rest of the day will be a doddle. And best of all? You’ll be well on your way to completing that bucket list you’ve had for yourself for years.
And hey, who doesn’t want to go to bed guilt-free every night?
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