- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (31 Jan. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444765426
- ISBN-13: 978-1444765427
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 0.9 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Eat That Frog!: Get More of the Important Things Done - Today! Paperback – 31 Jan 2013
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About the Author
Brian Tracy is one of America's leading authorities on the development of human potential and personal effectiveness. He addresses over 250,000 people each year on the subjects of personal and professional development. Tracy is the author of the bestselling books Maximum Achievement and The 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Business Success, as well as numerous bestselling audiocassette programs, including The Psychology of Achievement and How to Start and Succeed in Your Own Business.
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A 'frog' is defined as a task that is likely to make a major impact on your success, something important and possibly also substantial. It may also be a hard or 'ugly' task, which leads to a temptation to procrastinate. Tracy advocates 'eating' the ugliest frog first and avoiding the temptation to do easier pleasanter tasks.
Tracy leads the reader through the steps he believes you need to take to achieve greater effectiveness and success and to overcome procrastination. He starts with the importance of written goals - clarity about what you want to achieve. Setting yourself deadlines is an essential part of this process. Both these views are conventional time management wisdom, and they are very important. Tracy suggests that we need to develop an action orientation, for which goals are the basis. They are also the basis for task lists, with an ever-updated Master List being used as a foundation for monthly, weekly and daily action lists. These lists, in turn, are used as a basis for prioritising and planning - with further lists of activities for each project or task.
Interestingly, Tracy uses a straight line prioritising tool - from A (frog) to E (eliminate), and does not mention the quadrant method which has become more prevalent recently, and which is advocated as an important tool for prioritisation in Stephen R. Covey's 'First Things First'.Read more ›
Eat That Frog is a self-help book about getting more of the important things done and includes 21 steps to getting lazy lumps like myself off our lazy arses. Great, I thought, seeing as I am a master procrastinator I thought that this book would serve me well.
I have to admit here that I have never found a self-help book truly helpful. This is not because I am sceptical, quite the opposite is true in fact as I tend to approach such books with annoyingly naïve optimism. It was with the same wide-eyed enthusiasm that I started reading Brian Tracy's book and commenced my mission to quash my procrastination.
The first thing to say is that this is not really a book to aid those with procrastination issues and I am quite unsure as to why so many people have championed it as such. Whilst it does indeed start off in that vein, it is clear that this has much more to do with time management and organisation than motivation.
The initial messages were positive. Eat That Frog! Get the ugliest and most daunting task off your to-do list first thing and then everything else is simple. Great, this is a positive approach to have and Brian Tracy is correct that the endorphins released by this will compel an individual on to tackle the remainder of their tasks.Read more ›
In less than half an hour I had read the preface, the intro and each chapter's introductory paragraph and concluding 'Eat That Frog!' action point. And that was enough for me to get up and do something straight away. I then read the detail in an evening (each of the 21 ideas forms a chapter that is only 2-3 pages long).
Brian is refreshingly frank and truthful from page one: "There is never enough time to do everything you have to do. You are never 'going to get caught up'. You will never get on top of all your tasks. 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."
The book then presents some blindingly obvious but profound 'rules' for successful prioritisation, organisation and taking action. In fact, the core message is just that - do something!
Each of the 21 tips is a really practical, do-able idea, and Brian Tracy's writing style is sufficiently motivational to get me into action - doing things I already know I should be doing.
The gems contained in this book are so valuable that I think you'd get your money's worth if you only read the three-and-a-half page 'Putting It All Together' summary at the back. So do something: buy it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read it, digested it and worked on the content in my day to day life and it has had an effect. More focussed and getting more done of higher quality. Read morePublished 11 hours ago by JEllis
I loved this book and I am learning to "eat my frogs" after finishing it. It has brilliant tips and advice which I am implementing into my daily life. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Miss Kit Yee Cheng
Just finished this book and I felt like I could have learned the same by reading the last two pages. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Ally
I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to stop procrastinating and get serious about productivity and time management. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Caroline Flanagan, Author of Babyproof Your Career
Great book. I've struggled with time and been a procrastinator my whole life so this book was really helpful. I read it last summer and it has been really beneficial. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MJD