Post 3: Eat those frogs! – Emma Thomas

Blog 3 – Emma Thomas

With us entering week 4 and the excitement followed by nerves of entering the classroom and
taking ownership of small activities or the whole lessons the realisation of the pleasure and pain theory! The pleasure of teaching the pupils and embarking on the profession we’ve all dreamed off alongside the pain of the paperwork and lesson planning. However, the pain of lesson planning is very short lived and after you get the hang of it the pleasure and pain theory will be no more! So as the paperwork and workload begins to build up (lesson plans, assignments etc.), it’s worthwhile getting into the habit of a to do list! However, there will always be that one thing on your to-do list that you always try to avoid. What we call the frog.

Mark Twain has been given credit for making the following statement:

“If you know you have to swallow a frog, swallow it first thing in the morning. If there are two frogs, swallow the big one first.” – Mark Twain

From that statement has come a business/work philosophy and self-help concept written about in a number of books. In fact, one book by professional development trainer Brian Tracy is actually titled “Eat That Frog.”

The idea behind this statement is that when it comes to the tasks you face each day, you should find the worst one (your frog), the one that you least want to do, and do that one first thing. There are several benefits of doing this:

  • You get it out of the way and it will not eat at you for the rest of the day.
  • Getting it done can motivate you to get even more accomplished.
  • It helps you not procrastinate the problem into the next day, week, or month.
  • You are doing it when you have the most energy and emotional reserve.
  • You now have time to focus on the tasks you enjoy or want to do.

So as you get up each morning, say to yourself, “Time to swallow the frog.” You might even want to put a picture of a frog on your bathroom mirror or your car’s dashboard to remind and motivate you to do it. The more you do this, the easier it will become, and pretty soon you will eat your frogs each and every day with greater ease.

Today my Frog was this Blog… as you can see I’ve successfully swallowed it and here it is uploaded by 10am. Have a great week. – Watch the swallow the frog video and get swallowing!