The Winter That Just Keeps On Giving

Yep, the snow continues to fall around here. Well, and a lot of other places, too, many of which are not at all used to all this white stuff everywhere. At least we here in New England are quite familiar with the stuff and what to do when it covers the entire world. In spite of that, I could do with a bit less enthusiasm in the snowfall going forward.

I have been working on “eating some frogs” the last few days. Don’t know what that means? It’s a productivity hack and refers to:

“As Mark Twain once said “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.”

The frog is that one thing you have on your to-do list that you have absolutely no motivation to do and that you’re most likely to procrastinate on. Eating the frog means to just do it, otherwise the frog will eat you meaning that you’ll end up procrastinating it the whole day.

Once that one task is done, the rest of the day will be an easier ride and you will get both momentum and a sense of accomplishment at the beginning of your day.”

(Quoted from the blog at You can read more about the concept here.)

My problem has been that I have multiple frogs hopping about around here. Yes, I see them. But I do tend to ignore them. “Oh, I’ll do that later” which turns into “Tomorrow. I’ll get it done tomorrow.” I finally decided to stop stepping around the frogs and just get ’em out of the way. Got a couple done today between other tasks. Hoping to keep it up till the list is done and fully eaten.

I am also getting back on track with the Pomodoro Technique for time management. I started using it a while ago and it works pretty well for me, but I did hit a few glitches (which are to be expected no matter what you do) and kind of fell off using it. And using a WHEN tracking sheet to see if perhaps I can rework my task schedule to better work with my ups and downs. I just think I can do a better job with my time and schedule. I’ve been not getting as much done in any given day as I think I should. I don’t think it’s overscheduling as much as needing structure and organization or my brain just goes into an endless loop of “OMG! Too much to do! Can’t do it all! Must do something! AH! AH! AH!” Along with a lot of mental flailing. So, gotta figure it out. Hope this stuff helps.

We are now eligible for the COVID vaccine, but appointments are so hard to get. They show as available but as soon as you try to schedule, they are full up again. Frustrating. I am sure we will manage eventually but it would be nice to know it’s done.

Onward with another week. Looking for a good one and keeping that vision in my head.


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