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Get on with it – Eat the toad!

by | Jun 24, 2014 | Time Management


“You want to achieve impossible things – and be happy doing them.”

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We’ve said it before, but it still works, so we’ll say it again…

There’s a strong chance you’ve got one of those never-ending to do lists. You know exactly what we mean, right?

There’re about a billion things you’ve got to do by, well, last month actually. And, try as you might, you can never seem to get through it all. You want to achieve impossible things – and be happy doing them.

It’s because you’re quite motivated, right? Well, yes, except for there is likely to be that one task you simply don’t feel like doing. You put it off until the afternoon because you can justify a better use of your time this morning. Then, the afternoon arrives, and you know you’ve simply not got the time to finish that item. So, you tick off a few others. By the time tomorrow morning rolls around, you’re full steam ahead on another project, and so it goes.

We know how it works because it is human nature to avoid unpleasantness. But, this lovely system of procrastination means that you’re never going to get through your to do list. You’ve got to tackle that awful toad that sits at the top of your list and is constantly being carried across.

That’s what eating the toad is about. Like the saying, if you eat a toad first thing in the morning, the rest of the day will inevitably be better. So, although you can barely face that awful task on your list, you’ve got to attack it first thing tomorrow morning. After that, the rest of your day will seem like a breeze, and – big sigh of relief – that toad will soon be off your list.

Take action!

It could already by 7 in the evening by the time you read this, but that doesn’t mean you should wait until morning to work on your toad. There’s plenty you can do this instant.

  • Take a look at this video from our CEO, Liz Scully, as she talks about eating the toad – and what it really means.
  • Got a couple of toads on your to do list? Prioritise them and decide which one you’ll tackle tomorrow morning.
  • Consider making a separate list of toads, so that you only need to look at them first thing every morning – it’ll keep you flying through your normal workload.


And, when you’re ready to learn more about time management and prioritising, take a look at these gems; you’re certain to find the info you need:

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Don’t forget to let us know how you get on with this method. It’s worked for a lot of people we know – and we’d like to count you as one of them. Just post a note below so others can be inspired by your success.

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