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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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Let me summarize the book for you: write your goals down and focus on the most important thing first. Add a few quotes to open each chapter, carry out the swallow the frog analogy ad nauseam, reword the chapters that mean the same thing, and you get the gist.
What really irked me about this book is the lack of attribution. Not even the main frog eating concept was directly quoted. For those curious, Mark Twain said, “If you know you have to swallow a frog, swallow it first thing in the morning. If there are two frogs, swallow the big one first.” Author Brian Tracy casually mentions Twain, but doesn’t type it out. He continues to offer insight as his own, but repeatedly fails to make mention of his predecessors. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Stephen R. Covey should probably have words with Tracy for directly referencing their material without any sort of reference.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some great ideas here, but this is not Tracy’s best effort. Reading DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF FOR BUSINESS was more assuring and satisfying than this. Reading Covey’s SEVEN HABITS or Csikszentmihalyi’s FLOW is even better. For some even more in-depth reading, Princeton’s psychologist Daniel Khaneman’s THINKING, FAST AND SLOW is the anti-thesis to what EAT THAT FROG offers.
If you are looking for a quick self-help snack, then EAT THAT FROG may help. Otherwise, skip the frog and go for the steak of my other recommendations.
That isn't what it's advertised at, so it's not a great book. In fact, I found it utterly useless. I bought this book because I'm a procrastinator. I have a lot of things that I need to do and instead, I'm writing reviews on Amazon and reading books designed to help me stop procrastinating. This book is all about identifying your goals, removing any obstacles to achieving those goals, and finally learning to ignore all the things you do on a daily basis that aren't really necessary.
Where, in that description, does it say anything about "teaching yourself to just stop putting things off and DO IT"? I don't have a time management problem, I have a motivation problem. I could follow every one of the steps in this book and at the end instead of having a giant list of useless tasks that I don't feel like doing, I'd have a smaller list of more important and meaningful tasks that I don't feel like doing.
This book will NOT help you stop procrastinating. The author seems to have misinterpreted "procrastinate" as meaning "not having enough time to do the things that are necessary to achieve your goals, and not having an understanding of your goals." I know what my goals are. I know how to reach them. I know exactly what to do and I also know what I don't need to do.
I'll just do it tomorrow.
Think of the concepts in this book as Ockhams Razor. The simplest answer is usual the correct one. That is what this book contains, simple answers. Simple solutions, plans and goals to help you maximize productivity in your life. I could give you individual concepts and examples from the book, but what this book is about is understanding and implementing ALL of the concepts and ideas. So with that said I will just say that after reading this book I have already changed so many ways that I handle things in my life. I also have a renewed vigor because it has helped me envision success in my goals (both long and short term) as many small steps instead of one huge and daunting step. Why did I not see it before? I don't know, but that no longer matters because I am doing it now. It is as simple as that, and simple is good.
If you find that you are struggling with personal success and learning to thrive, then this book was written for you. It is only 124 pages, but it will change your life if you implent the concepts that it contains.