(Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time) By Tracy, Brian (Author) Paperback on 01-Jan-2007 Paperback – 1 Jan 2007
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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 ›
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 ›
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
This book is full of common sense and as a previous reviewer has commented, doesn't really contain anything new - but - it does put together a very clear list and I found myself... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Demon Knitter
This book was recommended to me and it's an OK read - didn't think it lived up to it's reputation though.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great ethos and the book is well written with some fantastic strategies and ways of working to increase confidence and efficiencyPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very helpful - I've come back to this book a couple of times. Definitely it will stay on the shelf and be referred to for different tips now and then.Published 3 months ago by Daniel
A fantastic book full of ideas if you're someone who is busy and struggles to keep completely organised.Published 3 months ago by Steve Jewell
A small book who make us move from the procrastination to the action.
Simple but effective things to get more results
A very practical book
The thinnest, most concise book with the most practical strategies to 10x your productivity. The ABCDE system of prioritisation alone doubled my productivity. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is easy to read, and it contains a lot of sound advice. The chapters are short and concise. The key message within each chapter is easily identified. Read morePublished 4 months ago by MeathSmiler