When Doing Nothing Is Worse Than Doing Some Thing When the fear of what will happen if we don’t do something is greater than the fear of doing it, that’s the tipping point. This is usually brought on by an impending deadline. If you don’t file your taxes on time, the cost of filing late (or not at all) is worse than the time it takes to get them done. Maybe doing the worst first isn’t the best advice. Sure, Mark Twain said if you have to eat a frog, do it fast and first so you can go through the rest of the day knowing the worst is behind you. However, if you have to eat a frog and put it off, everything else you have to do will look a lot more attractive. Then the deadline of the end of the day will force you to finish off that frog. Yes, this goes against conventional wisdom, but it works.