For the New Year: Do the Hard Stuff First

This post was originally written for and appeared on my friend Rick Sammon’s blog. If you enjoy travel photography, you owe it to yourself to visit this site.

“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

While Rick and I have little in common photographically speaking or even the kinds of subjects that we choose, we share a common ethnicity and attitude, especially when it come to the subject of work. This topic came up during a recent lunch we had when Rick was presenting a seminar and workshop in the Denver area. Over lunch, we got to talking about work habits and during the conversation I explained my implementation of a philosophy we both hold about the process of working.

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I explained my work philosophy to him this way:

I start each day with a written (or mental) To-Do lists of the tasks I want to accomplish. Like any list there are always some things that we like to do and others that we do not. Some people put off all of the stuff they don’t like until last and spend the whole day dreading having to deal with those tasks. And since the plans of mice and men doesn’t always go as planned, the tasks we didn’t want to do today, sometimes get carried over onto tomorrow and then we’ve spent two days dreading attacking those challenges.

The solution, as I explained to Rick, was that “I do the hard things first.” That way you have only the good stuff—the fun stuff—to do for the rest of the day with the bonus that you won’t have to do it tomorrow or spend all night laying in bed worrying about what you didn’t do that day because you already did it. This is the first step in helping your way to a good night’s sleep and making you ready for a new day tomorrow, where once again, you’ll do the hard stuff first.

OK, it’s a little thing but give it a try in the New Year and see how it works for you…

Author: Joe Farace

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