Tackling Tough Tasks and Eating the Frog

If you are a high school or college student just returning to school, you may be feeling like the return from summer is a bit of a kick to the head – thunk.  Zoom classes, homework, worksheets, readings beyond a quick social media or news scroll all take time, commitment,  and may require attention and planning to organize your days.  The beginning of the school year is the perfect time for a fresh take on how to approach the coming year, not with the singular goal of being the most productive person on the block, but with the goal of using your time in a way that works for you.

"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." Mark Twain

I've wondered what exactly "Eating the Frog" meant.  Luckily there are experts who helped me understand why doing the most demanding things first can make your time much more manageable. For some folks, it may be hard to shift to doing the hardest things first, but it is not impossible.  For those looking for techniques like the Pomodoro, tools, and tips, there are plenty.

  • Start with taking the Todoist Quiz to find out what productivity method will work best for you.

  • Are you a visual person and prefer a whiteboard or planner to write tasks down?

  • Do you like reminders that can be programmed to your phone, calendar, or computer?

  • Would using an app that connects to something fun or meaningful be an additional perk or incentive to committing to a new strategy to organize your time?

Maximizing your time is not about subscribing to a philosophy where “productivity equals good.” It's about valuing your time and goals in a way that allows you to put your energies towards the things that are most important to you, while still making sure you complete the required tasks.  

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