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‘Eat a Live Frog First Thing in the Morning’ to Improve Productivity
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‘Eat a Live Frog First Thing in the Morning’ to Improve Productivity

"Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day," said Mark Twain. This insight from Twain has become the greatest productivity tip for many employees. Many successful people vouch for the idea, which was also discussed widely in the book "Eat That Frog" by Brian Tracy.

He said that the first thing you should do every morning is to complete the most important and difficult task as soon as you get to the office. T his way you can also be satisfied that the worst thing has already happened and it's going to be a smooth sail from then on.

This works best for people who procrastinate every work. That is the reason you should choose the most difficult task as that is the chore you tend to postpone. Especially procrastinators will surely postpone certain tasks. Various psychologists hold an opinion that it is a hard thing to motivate yourself when you're feeling lazy. However, being lazy has nothing to do with lack of focus. A new study in fact has found that laziness correlates with high intelligence. The study, by scientists from Florida Gulf Coast University, found people with a high IQ rarely get bored, leading them to spend more time lost in thought.

It suggested less intelligent people are more prone to boredom, leading them to do more physical activity as a result. So, in case you are worried about your procrastination habit, all you need to do is use this hack. Create a habit of taking care of the most challenging task first thing in the morning. Remember, every habit takes 66 days to become a routine.

"Everyone procrastinates. The difference between high performers and low performers is largely determined by what they choose to procrastinate on," says Brian Tracy. He says that the first 90 minutes of your day you should focus on eating your frog. Once you are done with it, you will feel happier and accomplished. And the positivity will stay with you till the end of the day. You will also get into the habit of taking things head on.

(Also read: Use 'Elevator Pitch' Technique to Sell Your Idea at Work)

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