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Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time Paperback – December 28, 2006
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“BEWARE: This book will have a profound impact on your working practices and the results you’ll achieve. Eat That Frog! challenges your working practices, it explains the self-discipline needed to succeed, and [it] firmly gets to the root cause of why people procrastinate. Then it effortlessly explains how to boost your productivity once and for all.”
—Micro Business Hub
“If you find procrastination to be a consistent problem in your life, Eat
That Frog! offers a concise and valuable collection of tactics to try. The reasons for each person’s procrastination are different, so it’s good that Tracy’s tactics are fairly diverse and attack many different avenues of procrastination.”
—The Simple Dollar
“Eat That Frog! is my favourite book on productivity, and I often find myself rereading it in January to remind myself of the disciplines and practices I’d like to follow in the coming year. Each time I read the book, I find new nuggets of productivity gold.”
—Liz Gooster, Change for the Better
“Everyone has a frog, and eating that frog is the best thing you can do to stop procrastinating. Procrastination is a time-killer, and Tracy has a way of making getting over that frog fun and exciting. Every chapter presents a new idea, tip, and technique that will help you overcome that inner laziness that keeps you on the couch at night instead of in the gym.”
“Eat That Frog!, small in pages but huge in content, offers a cure for the curse of modern-day living: procrastination. Even though the medicine sounds painful (bush tucker trail kind of stuff), it isn’t. Like you,
I have read zillions of books—and most of the time I can’t remember anything that I have just read. Not with this one. I’m eating frogs daily and feeling better for it! I can’t recommend Eat That Frog! enough.”
—Corinna Richards, The Coaching Academy
“This book gave me the kick in the pants I needed to organize my to do lists, plan my days, become more productive, and get focused.”
—Beth Anne Schwamberger, Brilliant Business Moms
“Eat That Frog! is the most accessible book on time management and personal productivity—I recommend you read this one before you learn any particular time management system. There are tons of exercises and techniques that you can implement right away, and that is what I like the most about the book—it gives you actionable steps so you can start right away.”
—Thanh Pham, Asian Effi ciency
“An impactful read. The 21 ways that [Tracy] shares are real game changers, if you read with an eye towards self-improvement and an intention to make a change. I have benefi ted greatly from this book, and I highly recommend that you pick up your own copy today.”
—Chris Moore, Reflect on This
“We strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to manage her time well and also add value to herself in this competitive world.”
—The Journal of Applied Christian Leadership
“I wasn’t expecting all that much from the book initially, as the whole ‘eating a frog’ seemed like some new age nonsense that didn’t really apply in real life. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The best thing about this book is that it actually tells you what you should do. It doesn’t just spout philosophy after philosophy about dreams and hope. It gives solid, practical advice that applies to pretty much every one—students, employees, stay-at-home moms, entrepreneurs, etc. Whether you’re having time management issues or not, I’d recommend you pick up this book. You’re sure to learn something useful from it.”
—Fab, Shocks and Shoes
“This book distinguishes itself from others of the same type by laying out specific guidelines for developing the self-discipline that allows you to start and complete important tasks in sequence. Each of the 21 chapters offers clear instructions and practice exercises to help you determine if you are making the best use of your time at any given moment. You’ll learn how to prepare yourself mentally and physically to tackle the task at hand, along with strategies for dividing it into manageable segments to keep you moving forward. You’ll even find out what to tell yourself to do if you’re having trouble getting started, or become distracted and need to get back on track.”
—Carnegie Library Business Librarians, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
About the Author
Brian Tracy is chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International. As a keynote speaker and seminar leader, he addresses more than 250,000 people each year. He is the bestselling author of more than fifty books that have been translated into dozens of languages.
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I knew I needed to get my act together. I couldn't get started. I had the motivation but pooped out half way through every attempt. I procrastinated living for almost 3 years after an unexpected life event and I was sick of it. I wasn't a hoarder or a slob, I just let papers pile up, didn't file things or really finish any project I started. This simple easy book did the trick. Follow the rules and your whole life will begin to clear up. I was able to do more work in 24 hours than in almost 3 years. The concepts are easy, and most people know them, you just need to apply them in the right order, with the right mindset, and that's part of what the book teaches you. Take a chance, read the book!
I like Brian Tracy. I just finished reading another one of his books titled "Goals!" and then I decided to read this book. This book is very short and I finished it in about two hours. Most of the information, if not all, is available in "Goals!". I felt like this was a concise version of that book. In all fairness, "Goals!" is a newer title though.
Anyway, "Eat That Frog" offers good advice and because it is short, you can use it as a quick reference or a pick-me-up. I agree that a lot of self-help stuff is common sense but sometimes you need someone to help clarify that common sense. For this reason, I don't give self-help books low ratings unless they give you bad advice. The message of this book is pretty clear and it revolves around visualizing your goals, writing them down, and then having complete clarity and acting on them at 100% until they are 100% done.
My advice is that this is a good book and you can only benefit from it. However, if all you want a concise goal-setting/procrastination book, buy this one. If you want something with more depth, buy "Goals!". I just ordered David Allen's book, "Getting Things Done". Judging by the reviews, that seems to be a more appropriate book on ...well, getting things done.
I only paid 1 cent plus shipping for this book, so I don't care. I wouldn't pay full price for it considering, like I said, "Goals!" is the same message but in a more verbose package.
I will keep this book as a reference though.
EDIT: After I read this book, I read "The Now Habit" by Neil Fiore. That is a much better book because it clearly defines what procrastination really is and it gives you some good advice on how to get around it and eliminate it from your life. I sold "Eat That Frog" because it really didn't teach me how to tackle the procrastination. It taught be that I could do it but now so much how. "The Now Habit" shows you how to tackle procrastination effectively and I recommend that over this title.
The author and executive coach adds, "And forget about solving your time management problems by becoming more productive. No matter how many personal productivity techniques you master, there will always be more to do than you can ever accomplish in the time you have available to you, no matter how much it is."
The good news? Frogs!
He quotes Mark Twain's wit and wisdom, "Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day."
So Tracy serves up two frog rules and 21 ways to stop procrastinating and accomplish more in less time.
Frog Rule #1. "If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first."
Frog Rule #2. "If you have to eat a live frog at all, it doesn't pay to sit and look at it for very long."
Time management books are a dime a dozen. So what's different about this one--and why should you read it?
Instead of tasting the frogs, taste these chapter titles:
--Apply the 80/20 Rule to Everything
--Practice Creative Procrastination
--Focus on Key Result Areas
--Upgrade Your Key Skills
I recommend books that align with my 20 buckets (core competencies). They must also have alignment with the best leadership and management writers. The author references Peter Drucker, Stephen Covey and others whose works complement this must-read procrastination fix-it book.
My friend and mentor, George Duff, reads Drucker's The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done (Harperbusiness Essentials) ("know your time") once a year. Covey's four quadrant diagram in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is mentally tattooed on my forehead. A look in the mirror reminds me: Am I focused on the correct quadrant? Several clients report that Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, by David Allen, has dramatically changed their daily productivity.
So...what do you read every year, especially in January, to keep yourself and your team members focused on Priority #1? Try Tracy's book. You can read it in about 90 minutes (117 pages)--and the 21 short chapters with two "Eat That Frog!" next steps are perfect for a weekly "Procrastinators Anonymous" self-help meeting. ("Hi. My name is John and I'm a procrastinator. Please pass the donuts.")
If you've conquered procrastination, you will still find the 21 strategies valuable--especially as you coach others. "One strategy might be effective in one situation and another might apply to another task. All together, these 21 ideas represent a smorgasbord of personal effectiveness techniques that you can use at any time, in any order or sequence that makes sense to you at the moment."
The one-liners are memorable--and poster-worthy:
--"Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement."
--"Just find out what other successful people do and do the same things until you get the same results. Learn from the experts."
--"One of the very worst uses of time is to do something very well that need not be done at all."
--"Before you begin scrambling up the ladder of success, make sure it is leaning against the right building." (Stephen Covey)
--"It only takes about 10 to 12 minutes for you to plan out your day, but this small investment of time will save you up to two hours (100 to 120 minutes) in wasted time and diffused effort throughout the day."
--"Resist the temptation to clear up small things first."
--"Time management is really life management, personal management. It is really taking control of the sequence of events."
Somehow, we always get payroll out on time! Brian Tracy's Law of Forced Efficiency says, "There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important thing." How effectively do you manage your time?
And finally, this myth-buster: The author writes, "Under the pressure of deadlines, often self-created through procrastination, people suffer greater stress, make more mistakes, and have to redo more tasks than under any other conditions." Have you believed the myth that you're more productive under deadline pressures?
Idea: buy a dozen books to share with your team members. Delegate to a point person who will recruit people for five-minute chapter summaries at each of your next 21 staff meetings.