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March 23, 2012

Eating Frogs + A Freebie Friday

The shirt I’m wearing is a black T with the words “eat your frog” embroidered in green on the front, and I chose it this morning in support of my daughter who had a seriously nasty frog to deal with today. Confused yet? OK, first, let me assure you that absolutely no amphibians were harmed in the making of this blog post!


Eat_frog-croppedA few years ago, one of my dearest girlfriends shared with me the idea of eating your frog, which comes from this saying: “If the first thing you do when you wake up each morning is eat a live frog, nothing worse can happen for the rest of the day.” This concept was popularized by the book “Eat That Frog!” by Brian Tracy.


So this morning, I held my daughter’s hand as we went in to school for her to deal with the frog that was on her plate. It seems that yesterday during the school book fair, she “found” some items on the floor and chose to take them home. Instead of handing them to her teacher or to the book fair volunteers or even to the lost-and-found table, she put them in her pocket. Zoinks.


She truly does know better, and so one of her consequences was to return the items and explain it to her principal. I am sure you will agree with me that this was an awfully large frog for a six-year-old. Knowing this was coming was tough – she had a hard time going to sleep last night and was rather anxious this morning. But by 9:30, she had dealt with it all and was able to go on (smiling and relaxed) with her day. Ah, what a relief for us both!


What happens when we don’t eat the frogs first? Don’t they niggle around inside our minds? Doesn’t it add a sense of dread to the whole day? Don’t we feel so stressed and maybe overwhelmed? But here is the cool thing… when we eat the frog first, something bigger happens. Yes, the day is freed from that distraction, dread, stress, and overwhelm, but there’s more! I find that I am seriously motivated and even in a better mood for the rest of the day! I feel empowered. As in, “I have eaten 3 frogs by 7 a.m. RAWRRRR, I can totally take this day!” LOL


If you don’t believe it, you really should give it a try. In fact, I’ll give you a little extra motivation to do so. Today, we have a spot in one of our most popular and impactful workshops—It’s About Time: How to Have Fun and Get More Done—that we will give away to one lucky winner! Of all the topics that fall under the organizing umbrella, time management is one we’re particularly passionate about. See, how you choose to spend your time is essentially how you choose to spend your life. It’s a topic that has far-reaching consequences. It is, in a word, important. But just because it’s important doesn’t mean we aren’t going to have some fun along the way, too. At simplify 101, we’re all about making things fun while getting things done. 


And, giveaways are always fun, so let’s get to it! To enter to win, simply leave a comment telling us what frog is on your plate right now. For a second chance to win, come back and leave another comment letting us know you ate that frog! This contest ends Monday, March 26, 2012 at 9:00 PM Central. The winner will be chosen at random and notified by email. Good luck!


Bonus: Only one reader will win this giveaway, but all of you can take advantage of this coupon code! Buy your ticket for It’s About Time now, and save 15% with coupon code SIMPLIFY. (This offer does not apply to instant downloads, expires March 29, 2012, and cannot be combined with other coupon codes.) 


Happy Organizing!

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JJ's Mom

My frog is an email that I need to send to a group of nearly 50 members. It's going to stir up questions, comments, emotions, and strong opinions, but needs to be dealt with prior to a meeting next week. *sigh*

Jean W

My taxes. I'm not expecting a good outcome, so I've been avoiding dong them. =(

Kate Smith

I have a Girl Scout trip to plan. The trip itself will be wonderful, but making all the reservations and figuring out the logistics can be a pain in the butt. And of course I put it off until Friday afternoon to think about, and now I can't eat that frog until Monday morning! ARGH!

Great concept, though. I'll tell it to my kids and that should help with our homeschooling too!


My frog is all my clutter, which is why I am taking some of your courses! Seriously, I ignore so much of it now but would categorize it by Bullfrog: paper in "bunny" room, which I hope to attack tonight. Other two frogs: basement and garage which husband has been on me about. I've taken baby steps there, just need to continue!

Frances Talbott-White

You're quite right that Brian Tracy popularized the 'Eat That Frog' concept, but the quotation comes from Mark Twain. Tracy attributes it properly.


My frog is grading: I have about forty electronic papers to grade. Grading by hand would take some time too, but this requires a few extra steps. Gonna try to tackle it now!!


I have a lot of frogs! but one frog at a time, right....? Frog#1 Homeowner's association deposit. muy importante!


Oh so many frogs - I guess first on the plate is sending a note to some family in England to tell them about my Dad's cancer and time left with us. It was my Mom's frog, but I'm going to eat this one for her.

Sharon Andrews

Ive got accounts to do that ive been putting off for 2 years & Ive got no idea why im putting them off but today i must conquer. Thanks for the chance to win a spot in the class as it sounds awesome


My frog is tidying up my office/music room. I know it won't actually take that long once I start, but do you think I can start?! *closes office/music room door*

Jen P.

I have quite a few frogs unfortunately, but the biggest, slimiest one is my customer newsletter... I've been putting it off for week and if I don't get it out soon... that means no more new business!!

Dana TM

I need to organize our papers, my craft corner where I keep getting more craft stuff even though I don't have time to craft, get rid of some clothes, and oh so much more!

Bernice J

There are many frogs in my life, and the problem is choosing one that isn't too personal for this comment. I guess one of my frogs is that I have a second freezer on my property that was once needed to hold all my garden produce and farm frest meat. Now there are only two of us, and that freezer still has some food in there from five years ago. I have to dispose, clean out and clear out,and probably sell or give away the freezer itself. It will be a nasty job but I have been procrastinating far too long.


I need to get some embroidery projects done for a friend.


My dad's & my grandmother's taxes... Their paperwork & bills consume a lot of my time and it is NOT enjoyable! I just need to get it off my plate - so in the morning I will aspire to "eat my frog" - thanks!


The ironing 'frog' awaits me....


This weekend, my frog is to balance the checkbook. I am months and months behind. I always procrasinate doing it because it is mind-numbingly boring. But, my goal is to balance 3 months of it by Sunday night.

Gina in Louisville

I have so many frogs….bills, budget…laundry….shopping…cleaning...

Jeannine B.

Getting the information together for my taxes is my frog!


My frogS are TAXES and school work.... an almost 8 month old baby seems to distract me too often! :-)

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