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Inspirational Video: Stop Procrastinating and Eat Your Frog

If you were born in France or the Northern part of Italy the idea of eating frog might not sound so terrible at all, but I meant this metaphorically.

I believe that it was Mark Twain who said, “If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first.”

Now, even if you love and enjoy your work, you will still have to face a few occasional tasks that are unpleasant, too challenging or boring. And then the idea of procrastinating will surely form in your mind. It is our natural desire to escape what is unpleasant (or at least postpone it for later), but at the end this little habit of procrastinating becomes the main cause of our missed deadlines, conflicts and work stress.

Today I stumbled on this video, created by a great motivational speaker and author Brian Tracy, and I did something I normally never do – I packed my suitcase to go to Verona first thing in the morning, instead of postponing it to the last possible minute. And only after that did I go on to write this post.

I must say, it feels great and my day has surely become much brighter and less stressful.

I encourage you to watch this video and, hopefully, it will inspire you to make a few changes in your morning routine as well!

  • Sam Tornatore
    August 3, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Another method is identifying the reasons why you
    procrastinate.Usually they are either 1. Wrong goals
    2. Unclear focus 3. No Action plan or 4. Mental barriers
    there specific solutions for each one of these.


    • Arina
      August 5, 2011 at 7:20 am

      Thanks for the comment, Sam! I agree with everything you’ve said. Could you, please, share some of the solutions to beat procrastination with the readers (especially the ones that concern mental barriers)? Are there any methods that you have found particularly effective? 
      Thank you! 

      • Sam Tornatore
        August 7, 2011 at 7:59 pm

        Hello Arina, There are many methods to a solution. I have published a few articles to help people. There is an article on the topic of wrong goals which is the first reason why people procrastinate.  It can be found at People can then have a look at some of the other helpful articles i have written. Alternativly they can receive a whole host of free information at all that helps Sam

  • Sam Tornatore
    August 7, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Eat that frog has changed my life. It is great advice and if you live your life by it you will be amazed how much you can achieve

  • Mark
    August 14, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    What a great video! I have shown this to two different classes that I teach and it really hit home with several students. Now at the beginning of class (we meet once a week) I ask wheartheir frogs is. This has spurred great conversation and the students are learning from each other as well.

  • Steve M Nash
    August 25, 2011 at 5:54 am

    I love this concept, I really do. I know when I first encountered it I resisted it – the power of procrastination, of avoiding ‘painful’ (difficult) tasks was quite strong – but now I have a sense of what’s important for me to do each and every day (‘the frog’) and I make sure I get that done (‘eat the frog’).

    This can be extended, as I’m trying to do now both personally and professionally, by actually seeking out new frogs to eat that you’d have never considered previously; actually seeking out ‘difficult’ projects that you are know are going to take you out of your comfort zone.


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