Nest: Day 34
When to do your worst chore.
When should you do your worst chore of the day? The answer is easy. Put it off.
No! No! No, habithackers! That was before you graduated from your first month of habithacking. Now you will attack it first thing in the morning. Think how great you’ll feel the rest of the day if this task is behind you. You’ll have more energy for everything else.
Here’s what I suggest. Each night, write down in your BOP the top three things you must accomplish the following day. The next morning, choose the one you dread the most and simply get it done.
Lifehacker founder Gina Trapani (another habithacking genius) talks about this in the video above from Fast Company magazine. It’s also printed in an article we link to below. The idea of doing the worst first isn’t original, but it works as well as it did when Mark Twain came up with the phrase “Eat that frog.” Check out the Trapani article and video, then eat that frog.
From the article:
“Twain famously said that if the first thing you do in the morning is eat a live frog, you can go through the rest of the day knowing the worst is behind you.
Your frog is your worst task, and you should do it first thing in the morning. First thing in the morning your mind is clear, the office is quiet, and you haven’t gotten pulled into six different directions–yet. It’s your one opportunity to prioritize the thing that matters to you most, before your phone starts ringing and email inbox starts dinging. By knocking out something important on your to-do list before anything else, you get both momentum and a sense of accomplishment before 10AM.”
Nest Month 2
Here’s what to do so far:
Every day, do your worst task first.