Less is more

Quality trumps! Initially, you will feel like your spending more time on your task (personal & professional) but the fruits of this high quality work is reaped later.

Frog & Olympic Tasks

If you generally give lesser attention or lower your quality then most probably you may need to get back to the same work to re-do or atleast attend to it more often. While higher quality takes more time initially, but will free up more time later since the quality of work is much higher than what you originally intended.

If your finding time is lesser to do all the other tasks you planned for the day then reduce the number of tasks you want to do, don’t reduce the quality.

When we approaches tasks/work to do from a thinking will we tend to over-promise (to ourselves or to others) and when we approach from a doing-will perspective we tend to underpromise.

Doing will approaches from a place of empathy and understands uncertainties, difficulty of doing a task. Thinking will approach sets us up for ‘planning fallacy’ and mis-managment of time. Unless it works alongside other wills (doing and feeling).

Frog Task

  • Must be done after the Gatekeeper (including exercises).
  • Must be done at the first opportunity during the day (unless it’s not possible due to the nature of that particular work).
  • Frog task can be from your disliked task list or a long-time pending list from your personal or professional work.
  • Eat one frog per day. Don’t get carried away. It’s more about the practice of bringing in the rigour and discipline of tackling difficult tasks rather than finishing all frogs in one day. Slow and Steady.
  • After a few days of doing a recurring frog task, that particular task will no longer be a frog for you, and another new frog will emerge.

After your gatekeeper task (GT) or first opportunity in the morning post the GT.

Identify what’s the frog for the day – then eat it !

Either as the first task or at the first opportunity.

Capt. Preetham Madhukar

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