This principle is the simplest so far. Look at my list each morning, and do the hardest thing first.
"If you have to eat a live frog at all, it doesn't pay to sit and look at it for very long" - Brian Tracey, Eat That Frog
For me, this is making sure I exercise first thing. I get frustrated though, with too many frogs in my days. I'd like to accomplish everything by 9am. Exercise, the housework, the worst items on my to do list.. but that's not really possible. I'd also like to have more time to sit and read my devotions with coffee and enjoy the porch in the mornings, but I find that if I do that, I have trouble getting myself moving again. I'm still working on that.
My morning schedule varies by day, but my routine is basically:
- 5:45 am alarm goes off, read my morning devotions, look over my days schedule and list
- 6:15 take my dog out to pee, bottle feed the calf, collect the eggs and feed the chickens
- 7am Exercise (run 3 days a week, burpee challenge/30 day shred 2x a week)
- 8am Shower
- 9am Open our School Day
I'm hoping to add an afternoon routine, and a much better evening routine.
I read the book Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy this week. It's only a little over 100 pages, so it's a quick read. It felt a lot like a recap of the book Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. There are a lot of great time management principles in the book. A few quotes from the book:
"No matter how many personal productivity techniques you master, there will always be more to do than you can ever accomplish in the time you have available to you, no matter how much it is."
"The law of Forced Efficiency says that “There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important thing."
"You can increase your productivity and output by 25 percent or more—about two hours a day—from the first day that you begin working consistently from a list"