Why We Should All Start Eating Frogs for the Holidays

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leaAs healthcare recruiters and talent acquisition practitioners, we have little time to waste as we are sprinting through our day, wondering which task to tackle next.

With the holidays fast approaching, you are probably feeling increased pressure to meet deadlines and get things done before you take a few days off.

We often fall into the trap of feeling that the busier we are, the faster we have to move, believing we don’t have a minute to spare to plan our day. But quite the opposite is true: Taking ten minutes to plan and prioritize our day before we begin it, saves us hours of wasted time.

With work stress increasing due to requisition loads on the rise and an increased competitiveness of the healthcare market, we are all feeling the crunch and working at maximum capacity. This means that you have little room for error and/or time to waste on non-productive, non-value added tasks!

In efforts to help healthcare recruiters improve their time management/planning skills, we have studied experts in time management, personal achievement, and behavior modification which has resulted in the creation of our Perfect Week, Perfect Day Methodology: Planning and Time Management for Recruitment Professionals.

I thought I would share these simple yet powerful concepts to ensure that you end 2016 (and start 2017) productively! To maintain focus and sanity in extremely busy times, healthcare recruitment professionals must invest more time in planning their weekly and daily activities.

In our research, we have found that spending 30 minutes creating a time-based daily schedule will allow you to be 25-30% more productive throughout the rest of the day. Everyone has a task that they dread completing or a difficult conversation they have been putting off. William James, one of the founders of modern psychology put it this way, “Procrastination is attitude’s natural assassin. There’s nothing so fatiguing as an uncompleted task.”

Or, to put it simply: Do your worst task, first (“worst” being the biggest, most important, highest priority, etc. action item).

Author and international speaker Brian Tracy has quoted Mark Twain by calling this methodology “eating your frog.” Twain once said, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Your “frog” is your “worst” task. The task you’ve been putting off. The task you dread. The task that has been sitting on your list for months. Get it over with and eat that frog first thing in the morning. “Eating frogs” early on will build positive momentum and provide energy for the rest of the day!

At Lean Human Capital by HealthcareSource, we’ve embedded this “eat that frog” philosophy into our Recruitment Optimization consulting services and The Recruiter Academy Certified Recruiter (RACR) curriculum for healthcare recruiters! For more healthcare talent acquisition tips and recruitment best practices based on this methodology, consider enrolling in the next session of The Recruiter Academy (shameless plug).  🙂

So, to all of you healthcare recruiters out there: I hope you’re able to become hyper-productive by identifying and eating all of your frogs in the next few months so you can enjoy the holiday season!


To learn more about how to optimize your healthcare recruiting strategy (and eat ALL of your team’s frogs, watch a product tour of HealthcareSource Recruitment Optimization by Lean Human Capital and discover how your organization can embark on a healthcare recruitment transformation journey.* 

Lean Transformation Journey | HealthcareSource Recruitment Optimization

*HealthcareSource is the exclusive provider of Lean Human Capital’s Recruitment Optimization services for the healthcare market.


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Deb Vargovick

About Deb Vargovick

Deb Vargovick is a Senior Consultant at Lean Human Capital by HealthcareSource. As a Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (ICGB) recruitment professional, Deb helps build optimized talent acquisition organizations within healthcare systems. Deb began working with Lean techniques in 1994 while at The Walt Disney Company. Prior to joining Lean Human Capital, she was the manager of talent selection at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. Deb received her B.A. in Business from Michigan State University and is newly obsessed with Pickleball.