You’ve got a long list of things to do. Some of them are fun things (hello Pinterest!), some of them are dull things. And some of them are things you put off for days, weeks or months.

We’ve all got tasks on our lists that we don’t want to do, that we HAVE to do. So, how do we get around the procrastination and avoidance?

Here are a few suggestions:

  • The Eat That Frog method. Based on the book by Brian Tracey, the Eat That Frog method is all about doing the hardest part of your day first, so everything afterwards is easier. If you have to eat a frog during your day, isn’t it better to eat it first, so you don’t have to dread it all day.
  • Break it down. If it’s a big task, break it down into manageable parts (anyone getting flashbacks of GCSE tutorial adverts?), and concentrate on doing a part each morning. By the end of the week, it’ll be done!
  • Schedule it in your online calendar, so you get a pop up reminding you. Alternatively, block out a period of time to do the job (I find this works well with admin/finances.)
  • Really hate it? Can you outsource it? Sometimes it’s possible to outsource the stuff you don’t want to do.

So, this week’s challenge is to do that thing you’ve been putting off. I’ll be doing the same (I’ve been putting off creating some business terms and conditions and a business plan).

(Thanks to Rosie at One Man Band Accounting for the suggestion of this topic!)

What task have you been putting off? Let me know in the comments below! 

1 comment on “The Weekly Freelancing Challenge: Eat That Frog (or how to get the tough stuff done)”

  1. Thank you! I recommend cake and wine for the bookkeeping eat frog. Bob me a line if you fancy a free brownie as I send them to clients for that reason.

    Today I used the I Will Always Love You technique for some HTML formatting I needed to get done.

    I listen to Whitney Houston and the sooner I finish, the sooner Whitney stops singing. It’s very motivating.

    All together now, I will always loveeeeeeeeeeee youuuuuuuuuuuu!

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