Today I’ve been working from home with a lengthy list of tasks from one particular client. I was asked to call one of my client’s customers to resolve a particularly complex but sensitive issue. Not feeling overly confident of the background to this problem, I was nervous of both making things worse & looking incompetent. Of course I didn’t want my ability to be doubted, but as a very conscientious Virtual Assistant, I’m 100% committed to all my clients’ businesses & certainly didn’t want to put their reputation in jeopardy.
After working on other tasks all morning, anything to put off making the call, I went through all the details once again, took a deep breath & dialled out. The person I needed to speak to was in a meeting! Not good news as I would have to call back later – oh no!
Then I couldn’t settle. Anxious & clock watching, I was unable to concentrate on my work. Finally, I had to grit my teeth & pick up the phone again….
He was lovely! We had a friendly conversation, made progress on the way forward & parted on good terms. I felt fantastic, really buoyed-up & confident – feelings which lasted for the rest of the afternoon. Now if only I’d have made this call in the morning, I would have basked in the glow of success, for longer & motivated for the full day.
I should have eaten my frog!
(To continue with the theme of one photo per day, I was going to scan in my copy, but cannot find it as I must have loaned it to a friend. The Amazon image is the actual format of my book which is not the latest version)
This is an excellent little book, doesn’t take long to read & I obviously need to familiarise myself with it again. Brian Tracy defines the ‘frog’ as a particularly unpleasant or challenging task which you really don’t want to do. Something you keep putting off, but as it’s on the rest of your mind all the time, it actually affects your productivity.
If you had to eat a big, ugly, slimy & warty frog every day, how would you feel to see it sat there on your desk all day? Could you concentrate, or would you spend all the time dreading it? However, if you ate the frog first thing in the morning, how great would you feel to have completed such a difficult task? All other jobs would pale by comparison – they’d be a doddle & you’d fly through your day, coping with everything.
So go on, stop procrastinating & Eat That Frog 🙂