Do the Hardest Thing in Your List First

Reading the articles I have written for this year, I realized that most of them were about planning and achieving your dreams. I guess that's what a new year and a new beginning do to us — we set new goals, make resolutions, and dream big dreams.

I already shared with you how I set my daily goals. It's just a simple daily to-do list written on my handy-dandy... notebook.

I also shared with you how I couldn't accomplish most of the daily goals I set, partly because of laziness and partly because I stop at writing my goals and do not act on them.

Another reason why is because I did the easiest items in my to-do list first and the hardest ones last. While this strategy helps in building momentum, it usually doesn't help in getting the most important things done. Believe me.

You have to understand that we have limited energy throughout the day. We also have limited creative and emotional energy. If you spend them on the easiest tasks first, you may not have enough for the most difficult ones.

On the other hand, if you accomplish the hardest tasks first, you will have a large boost of confidence and energy from your huge achievement. Even if you don't get a confidence or energy boost, once you accomplish the hardest tasks first, the easier tasks can no longer stop you from accomplishing every goal you've written for the day. After all, what could be worse than your hardest tasks?

Also, imagine how much momentum you'll build when you accomplish something with more weight.

At the end of the day, do what works for you. I use a combination of eating my frog (doing the hardest things first) and making the most of my energy. After months of trial and error on how I work best, I finally found the right mix for me: I do creative stuff like writing a new article or planning my next move for the blog most effectively in the morning. I can't do creative stuff as effectively in the afternoon or in the evening. So, I do most of my social media interaction, paying the bills, relationship building, replying to emails, and some administrative stuff during those times instead. Oh, and I don't play video games in the morning! It's a waste of my most creative time.

Finally, I'll leave you with a quote from Mark Twain:

“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”