Once upon a time, on a desk not very far away, A large frog was lurking.
The frog’s owner knew that she needed to eat it, but it was just so big.
It hadn’t been very big when she got it. In fact, it had seemed manageable. But like most things, it had grown the longer she had kept it.
She nibbled away at it a couple of times.
Each time, the frog seemed to grow smaller and yet, the very next morning, it had grown again overnight.
This happened several times until the frog grew so large that it took over the desk.
She couldn’t see the desk for the frog.
Her whole day was blighted by the pesky amphibian.
Every day she woke up and she felt that frog, lurking in her office next door. In the night she was sure she heard it croaking.
Every day she took a nibble at it but the deadline for delivering the frog got shorter, and the creature just got bigger, longer, and, frankly, was beginning to look quite nasty. She wasn’t at all keen on eating him. But she’d promised the client she’d deliver, and deliver she must.
The next day, she marched into the office and she got hold of that frog. She struggled to lift him off the desk. She struggled to get her mouth around his horrible, scaly leg, but she took a deep breath and bit really, really hard. She took a really big bite, and she chewed and she chewed. And then she took another bite. And another. And the frog started to look a bit smaller. She put him down on the desk for a moment to review her progress and realised he had only got two legs now. He didn’t fill the desk any more. The sense of achievement outweighed the taste of amphibian. So, with renewed energy, she bit, and tore and chewed in an effort to get through the task.
But still, the deadline was short and the frog was large. There was only so much frog that one person could eat in the time available. So she decided that she had no other option than to find someone who enjoyed eating frogs and delegate some of the work to them. Quickly she looked up Virtual Assistants on Google and lo, there were several. Choosing the most qualified in her sector, she quickly engaged her to take control of the parts of the frog she just could not bring herself to eat.
Having delegated part of the task it now seemed much more manageable and she chewed and tore her way through the parts of the frog she still needed to eat whilst her assistant tackled the parts she had been delegated.
Soon the frog was gone. That last bite tasted almost sweet. Just in time for the deadline too.
And they both lived happily ever after, working together to deal with the frogs in her business before they became too large to manage.
If you’ve got a frog, try and eat it before it grows too large.
If your frog is already too large, why not delegate some of the work to your local VA.
Jenni: Eating the frogs that others do not have time to digest. You can contact me here for support with your frog. HR Support Frogs are a particular speciality.