The most important thing you have to do today becomes your frog. So, if my “to do” list today looks like this: (In order of importance)
What often happens is that I sleep a little bit late, I run by Starbucks where I run into someone I know. When I leave there, I’m running even farther behind. Then I have to choose between working out and working on song ideas. I decide that I’d better work on ideas, so I head to the office to get to work. When I arrive at the office, I get into a conversation with one of our pluggers. He needs to ask me about several songs. So, we talk for a while until I realize that it’s time to write!
I rush to my office where my co-writer has just arrived. Guess which two items don’t get done all day? #1 and #2. They continue to get pushed along to the next day’s list even though I ranked them as the most important things I needed to do today. They are my frogs. They are the things that are the least fun things to do. I know I NEED to eat the frogs, but I don’t WANT to eat them.
I’m working on MAKING myself eat my frogs first each day. After I get those tasks done, the rest of the day is a breeze. I’m seeing the power in getting the most important things done first and withholding my pleasure items until I get the big jobs done. The lesson applies to writing AND to life in general. If you are trying to get songs recorded, then determine what the two MOST significant things you could do today to move toward that goal. Do those things first. Don’t put them off.
If you do the two most important things you could do to move toward your goals EVERY day, my prediction is that you start reaching your goals. After 6 months of doing your priority items each day, you will definitely be moving in the right direction! So, today, eat your frogs first. Focus on doing that every day. And let me know how far that takes you down the road.