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Brian Tracy – Eat That Frog

Brian Tracy – Eat That Frog – 21 Great Ways To Stop Procrastinating And Get More Done In Less Time
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Brian Tracy – Eat That Frog – 21 Great Ways To Stop Procrastinating And Get More Done In Less Time

4.5 out of 5 Amazon stars (72 customer reviews)

Book Description

For people who are overwhelmed by tasks of all sizes, this book provides the 21 most effective methods for conquering procrastination and accomplishing more. By identifying, then tackling, their biggest, most unpleasant task first – the philosophy of “eating a frog” – readers learn to plan and organize each day, set priorities, get started right away, and complete jobs faster. Written in a fast-moving format and breezy style, this book is immediately accessible and applicable for readers in any occupation.

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There just isn’t enough time for everything on our ‘To Do’ list- and there never will be. Successful people don’t try to do everything. They learn to focus on the most important tasks and make sure they get done.

There’s an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that it’s probably the worst thing you’ll do all day. Using ‘eat that frog’ as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day – the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also probably the one that can have the greatest positive impact on your life. Eat That Frog shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day. You’ll not only get more done faster, but get the right things done.

In his trademark high-energy style, acclaimed speaker and best-selling author Brian Tracy cut to the core of what is vital to effective personal time management: decision, discipline, and determination. He details twenty-one practical and doable steps that will help you stop procrastinating and get more of the important tasks done – today!

Random Amazon customer review I:

Eat that Frog is an excellent motivational book. The complaints I see by most here are along the lines that there’s nothing new in this book. To me, there’s nothing new in MOST self help books. After all, we each know that the way to stop procrastinating is to just do what we dread, the way to lose weight is to burn off more calories than we consume, the way to keep house is to clean and organize on a regular basis, and so on. What we seek is some motivation and some reasoning for doing what we dislike doing.
Brian Tracy gives this motivation and reasoning. This is a short, fast read. As the author says, it doesn’t go into all the psychology of procrastination; rather, it gets right to the action. Brian Tracy covers such things as determining priorities, delegating and eliminating some tasks, knowing what’s okay to procrastinate about, and whether to tackle your “frog” (your big task that will lend the greatest results) first or a lesser priority task.

The result is a clear, concise book that is helpful and shows that by regularly eating your frogs first, you develop a habit that makes it easier to accomplish more than the average person and do it with increasingly less effort. An excellent, worthwhile book that you will likely refer to time and time again.

Random Amazon customer review II:

Like many, I’m sure you’ve been faced with an overwhelming or ugly task that you just keep putting off. Brian Tracy covers some ways to get out of that rut in the book Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time. This is one of those reads that is probably best if you’ve never delved into self-improvement or time management books before…

Contents: Set the Table; Plan Every Day in Advance; Apply the 80/20 Rule to Everything; Consider the Consequences; Practice the ABCDE Method Continually; Focus on Key Result Areas; Obey the Law of Forced Efficiency; Prepare Thoroughly Before You Begin; Do Your Homework; Leverage Your Special Talents; Identify Your Key Constraints; Take It One Oil Barrel at a Time; Put the Pressure on Yourself; Maximize Your Personal Powers; Motivate Yourself into Action; Practice Creative Procrastination; Do the Most Difficult Task First; Slice and Dice the Task; Create Large Chunks of Time; Develop a Sense of Urgency; Single Handle Every Task; Conclusion – Putting It All Together; Learning Resources of Brian Tracy International; Index; About the Author

The “frog” mentioned here is the old adage about eating frogs first thing in the morning. If you eat the ugliest frog first, everything else will seem easy by comparison afterwards. All the suggestions and ideas that Tracy presents are tied back into the “frog” theme, which make the chapters a bit easier to remember and help to lend a cohesive feel to all the material.

On the positive side, these suggestions do work to help you become more efficient at whatever you’re doing. As you can probably tell from each chapter title, the concepts are pretty much common sense, but they’re easy to ignore or overlook when you’re in the downward spiral of overwork. Given that each chapter is only two to four pages, it’s not a laborious task to grasp the concept being presented so that you can apply it to your particular situation. On the down side, if you’ve read any self-improvement or efficiency books before, most of this will be familiar to you. I don’t know how much new stuff you’ll come away with. And if you’re a follower of the Getting Things Done method of personal productivity, you’ll likely have issues with the reliance on lists and prioritizing your to-do list.

It’s a fun, quick read, and a single idea might be all you need to make a large leap forward in your personal productivity. Just don’t expect any groundbreaking, original stuff.

Random Amazon customer review III:

There are SO many motivational books out on the market and if you are like I am, your library already contains many of them. I found that with most of these other books, I would attempt to follow their format, which was often pretty complicated, drawnout, and involved.

So how is Eat That Frog! any different? Well, it has a really SIMPLISTIC approach. It doesn’t wade the reader down in anything but the main principle. Yet it presents this principle in such a way that you GET IT. FINALLY.

As for containing the same old tired advice? I have at least 10 “motivational” books and have read countless others. Yet some of the advice contained in Eat That Frog! is new or presented in a new manner.

An example of this is the 80/20 rule that made me FINALLY break my habit of complaining to anyone who would listen. I had read in numerous books “to be optomistic,” etc., to no avail. But as Brian Tracy charmingly explains in the 80/20 rule: 80% of others don’t want to hear about your problems and 20% are glad it is happening to you! Well, I doubt that 20% of MY friends are happy about my misfortunes, but I can guarantee you 100% of my friends are glad that I have stopped burdening them with my tales of woe!

This is an EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT little book that I have shared with numerous friends.

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