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Tracy, Brian; Eat That Frog!, 2001.

There’s an old saying, the author says, that if the first thing you do each morning is eat a live frog, throughout your day you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that the worst of the day is behind you.

Your “frog” is your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it now. And it’s the task with the greatest potential for positive impact.

The key to high performance, Tracy says, is to develop the routine of eating your frog first thing each day. Eating your frog requires that you list, on paper, your goals, projects and tasks for each day, each week, and each month. Your lists should be organized by priority, as well as by sequence, to keep you focused on doing first things first.

Tracy may overstate the benefits of his approach. He flatly describes the habit of eating your frog as the “key to happiness, satisfaction, great success, and a wonderful feeling of personal power and effectiveness.” But the book is an easy read and makes some points that may help you overcome your habits of delay.

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