The other week, I was chatting with a friend about his company’s outlook on both professional and personal goal-setting with their employees. As a sales company, their employees are already accustomed and required to set goals in their professional lives but what’s unique about this company is its focus on personal goal-setting and productivity amongst their employees. The company encourages and works with all employees to set goals apart from their sales goals. These range from saving money, improving fitness, and personal career goals to name just a few. As a goal oriented individual and a to do list lover, I was amazed by the company’s mindset and inspired by our conversation. Company employee well being and goal setting are two separate posts on their own but in honour of this #MotivationMonday, I want to share some of the amazing tips I learned from our short chat and some of the other tips I’ve acquired to help you make the most out of and own this upcoming week.
As a student-athlete, I took classes on leadership and organization. We were taught time management and productivity skills because knowing how to maximize your time and being able to just get things done are essential when you’re balancing a full course load while playing a full-time sport. One of the best things I learned, that I still use all the time, is to write down anything you need to do. Seeing it in writing not only keeps it fresh in our mind but also gives us the extra motivation to complete it, sometimes just for the satisfaction of crossing it off your list (one of my favourite things to do). My friend’s company takes this one step further and encourages their employees to create a list of 3 to 5 things they want to accomplish each day. A great way to do this and also start your week off on a positive note is to spend 10 minutes on Sunday night jotting down a list of everything that you need to get done for the week. From this “master list” you can break it down into 3 to 5 things for each day which is not only less overwhelming but also gives you a plan for each day.
My favourite part of our chat came following his daily to do list suggestion. I’m a sucker for motivational quotes and to be honest a sucker for any good quote that comes my way. So when my friend told me about his company’s mantra to “Eat the Frog First”, I was instantly intrigued. It’s a simple concept but has been a big game changer for me. The idea is to look at your list and identify the “frog”,the thing you really don’t want to do but you actually need to. By eating the frog first, in other words, doing what you’re dreading the most at the start of your day, you set your day up for success. Instead of spending your day worrying about how hard that paper is going to be to write or how bad that phone call is going to go, and more than likely imagining circumstances that make it much worse than it actually is, it’s already done and you’re free to move on with your day. Maybe it’s a workout, maybe it’s cleaning your car, or maybe it’s a tough conversation you need to have with a friend. Regardless of what your frog is, you’re guaranteed to feel a lot better once it’s out of the way because often it’s not as bad as you’ve been imagining. You’re also guaranteed to have a productive day because you’ve started on such a positive note and gotten the toughest part of your day out of the way. I’ve been “eating my frogs" first for the past couple weeks and it’s had an amazing impact on my productivity. I’ve been able to get some things done that I’ve been putting off for awhile by simply sucking it up and getting them out of the way first thing.
Regardless of what you need to get done and what frogs may be weighing you down today, we encourage you to try making a daily to-do list and eating those frogs first thing. Let us know how it works for you!
Lots of love,