Reading has become much more of a daily activity for me in the past year with less on the hectic commutes & after work meetings. One of the best books I’ve read that has stuck with me is ‘Eat that frog” by the business consultant Brian Tracy.
The key message is to identify the most important task – the one with the greatest consequences – and do that first each day. He compares this to eating a frog, the biggest challenge, or frog to eat, is best to get out of the way first and by comparison everything else in your day will be easier.
My philosophy prior to trying this has always been to complete some of the easier tasks early on so you feel like you are achieving something and get on a roll. While I thought that had worked well for me, the danger I spotted was I tended to focus too much on the easy tasks for quick wins and the most important ones were being pushed back, ‘oh I’ll do that tomorrow’ satisfied I had achieved enough today.
Also if you have more than one frog to eat, make sure you eat the ugliest one first!