If your to-do list was a spectrum, some tasks would congregate on the not-so-bad end and others would loom on the anything-else-first end. Start your work day on the right foot by doing your worst task first.
Over at the blog of business magazine Fast Company, our own Gina Trapani offers advice built on the sentiments of the very quotable Mark Twain — if you eat a live frog first thing in the morning, you can go through the rest of your day knowing the worst is behind you. She writes:
Do your worst task first. By "worst" I mean "most important," and by "most important" I mean the task you're most likely to procrastinate on. The deadline you're dreading, the slides for the presentation you're terrified of giving, the research you're sure will turn up information you don't want to know. Do it, before you do anything else, before you have time to think about it too much.
To see the concept played out in all the animated-flash-video glory it deserves as well as hear sage advice from Gina, watch the video below:
Check out the full article at the link below or sound off in the comments to name your "frog" and tell us what you're going to do to finish it off.