Eat That Frog! – by Brian Tracy
21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
Review by Patrick Aherne
Eat That Frog!
Why is it that we prefer to put the hard things at the bottom of the list and concentrate on the easy things when we know the hard things are usually the most important?
Is it that by procrastinating and at least temporarily avoiding the important hard things we can still convince ourselves that we are busy accomplishing something by keeping active with the unimportant.
Let’s face it, many of us probably struggle at some time with procrastination, going around in circles or just organizing ourselves and giving priority to the most important things that really will count in the big picture.
Perhaps learning to eat our frogs may be the solution. Brian Tracy here sets about leading us through his plan to do this and become more effective and productive in the process.
Eating frogs, really, what is Tracy on about? He very cleverly uses a statement made by Mark Twain and enlarges upon it. Twain said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that it is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.
Your biggest most important task
For Tracy that frog is your biggest and most important task and the one you are most likely to procrastinate upon. He enlarges on this when he says…..
The first rule of frog eating is this:
If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first.
The second rule of frog eating is this:
If you have to eat a live frog at all, it doesn’t pay to sit and look at it for very long.
First thing in the day – Eat that frog
Tracy encourages a lifelong habit of tackling our major task first thing in the day without spending unnecessary time thinking about it.
I was first introduced to Brian Tracy and his frogs while working in a highly competitive field of business a few years ago. As we were about to exit the main office door to visit clients and potential clients we were confronted by a large picture of an ugly green frog with the words HAVE YOU EATEN THAT FROG. The picture had been placed there by the boss and I must admit it was an effective reminder. There always seemed to be those difficult clients and tasks that I often preferred to procrastinate about and place on the bottom of the list, even if they were important.
Tracy has done us procrastinators, a service with this book.
He writes with a sense of humor and gives clear illustrations to make his points. The book is divided into 21 bite-size sections, each providing a rule or guideline designed to take the reader to their goal. Some of those sections are:
1. Set the Table.
2. Plan every day in Advance.
3. Apply the 80/20 rule to everything.
4. Consider the consequences.
5. Practice Creative Procrastination.
Tracy does take more than enough space to make clear the principles he sees as vital. However, he has a great knack of condensing and summarizing his points around pithy proverbs or sayings (often written by others) knowing that these become part of us more readily as they are memorized.
This is not just a book for businessmen or the high-flying entrepreneur. The principles and wisdom that Tracy writes on should perhaps be seen as a life strategy for all and not solely a time management work strategy on getting more done in less time. The application of the principles potentially put more emphasis on the family, less stress and a greater sense of accomplishment and well-being.The principles put more emphasis on the family, less stress, a greater sense of accomplishment and well-being. Click To Tweet
This book has become widely disseminated in the business field and it is an easy read with a lot of very useful life guidance for all of us whatever our lot in life.
A highly recommended read.
Eat That Frog
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