Mastering Life Management: Eat That Frog and Get More Done

Eat That Frog

“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day”

~ Mark Twain

In today’s fast-paced world, time is our most precious resource. Yet, how often do we find ourselves procrastinating, putting off important tasks, and feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work ahead of us? Enter Brian Tracy’s concept of “eating the frog” – a powerful metaphor for tackling our biggest, most important tasks head-on. Mike Ungar, a seasoned executive coach, recently joined Greater Good Greenville to share insights on this timeless principle of time management. Below are 12 great ways to get more done in less time.

  1. Identify Your “Frog”: Your “frog” represents the task with the biggest positive impact. By tackling it first thing in the morning, you set the tone for a productive day ahead.
  2. Prioritize: If you have multiple frogs to eat, start with the ugliest one. Don’t waste time agonizing over which task to tackle first – dive in and get it done.
  3. Avoid Procrastination: Sitting and staring at your frog won’t make it any easier to swallow. Take action swiftly to avoid the trap of procrastination.
  4. Focus on the Big Picture: Resist the temptation to clear up small tasks first. And avoid mission drift by assessing whether a task aligns with your goals and priorities.
  5. Time Allocation: Mirror the habits of successful people by allocating your time wisely. Remember, you can’t save time, only allocate it differently.  
  6. Create Large Chunks of Time: Schedule blocks of time for focused work, remembering that great achievements are built one block at a time.
  7. Identify Critical Constraints: Admiral R.A. Hopwood’s words (“On the strength of one link of the cable Dependeth the might of the chain. Who knows when thou mayest be tested? So live that thou bearest the strain!”)  remind us of the importance of identifying and addressing our limiting factors. Your ability to overcome constraints will determine your success.
  8. Simplify: The law of complexity teaches us that simplification is key to reducing costs, delays, and mistakes. Eliminate, consolidate, downsize, delay, delegate, or outsource tasks as needed.
  9. Harness AI: Leverage artificial intelligence to streamline tasks, answer common questions, automate responses, and support various aspects of your work. Consider AI generated work to be your rough draft, automatic time saver.
  10. Plan Every Day in Advance: Increase your return on energy by planning your day ahead. The Six-P Formula – Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance – can save you precious time.
  11. Motivate Yourself into Action: Develop a positive mental attitude by seeking the good in every situation, learning from setbacks, and focusing on solutions.
  12. Prioritize Personal Connections: Remember that the ultimate goal of time management is to spend more time with loved ones and engage in activities that bring you joy.

In conclusion, mastering time management is essential for personal and professional success. By applying Brian Tracy’s “Eat That Frog” principle and implementing the strategies shared by Mike Ungar, you can stop procrastinating, increase productivity, and reclaim precious time for what truly matters. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to eat that frog and seize the day!

To learn more about customized assessments, coaching, strategic planning, and training to boost your productivity and achieve your goals, reach out to Mike Ungar at or call 843-423-3413. Take the first step towards a more efficient and fulfilling life today.


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