Legal professionals can have a lot of
“frogs” to eat throughout the day. I get
big payoff in energy and efficiency by
eating the biggest one first. Recently, I
was avoiding a call with a client, needing
to amend my initial legal advice based on
further legal and factual development.
I finally put the call on my four-item
to-do list, although I wanted to put it
off until the afternoon. But heeding
Mr. Twain’s advice, I scheduled the call
for the morning. The call only lasted
15 minutes, after which the client was
informed and satisfied, and I was immediately freed up. The rest of the day
went smoothly, ticking through the remaining items on the to-do list, because
I was energized by eating the biggest
And remember that frogs are not
always work-related. Sometimes the
biggest frog is a phone call to a family
member we do not want to return, or
a commitment to exercise so that we
can release tension. Whatever is getting you stuck, do it first and be done
with it. NWL
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Connor & Sargent
PLLC. She primarily
in severance negotiation, discrimina-
tion, and class action lawsuits. She is
a mediator of employment and other
disputes, and a co-chair of the Federal
Bar Association’s ADR committee.
When not practicing law, she is often
painting or outside with her dogs. She
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EAT THE BIGGEST FROG FIRST.
If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s
best to do it first thing in the
morning. If it’s your job to eat
two frogs, it’s best to eat the
biggest one first.
— Mark Twain
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