We all know that prioritisation and time management are important but, more often than not, we put them off and it isn’t long until things have built up.

Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that it is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.

Your “frog” is your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it. If left alone it will “ribbit” on at you all day.

If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first.

This is another way of saying that if you have two important tasks, start with the biggest, hardest, and most important task first. Discipline yourself to begin immediately and then to persist until the task is complete before you go on to something else.

If you have to eat a live frog at all, it doesn’t pay to sit and look at it for very long.

The key to reaching high levels of performance and productivity is to develop the lifelong habit of tackling your major task first thing each morning. You must develop the routine of “eating your frog” before you do anything else and without taking too much time to think about it.

For more useful tips on this and other management skills such as communication, motivation and delegation check out our Management Essentials course or email marketing@ahrconsultants.co.uk.