Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy • time management • personal productivity

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Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy is about time management and personal productivity. If sometimes you find yourself cleaning your house, organizing files on your PC etc. instead of doing really important things that you should find this book really useful. Although many of these tiny activities seem to be productive they aren’t the best use of your time. So what you really should be doing is eating that Frog which means doing your most important task. Simultaneously, it is the task which has the greatest influence on your current situation. 

Anyway, the book has 21 chapters and each of those chapters covers one specific tip on how to get more done, to stop procrastinating and use your time more wisely. The chapters are easily digestible, they all have actionable tips that you can apply to get better at your time management. The flip side of that is 21 things is pretty a lot and that might be a bit overwhelming. I have also found the chapters a little bit redundant and had the impression that the book might be compressed even more. 

So there are a few general principles which you have to follow in order to get more done in less time. First, you have to assign your priorities by taking a few steps. For instance, make a list of things to do and consider the consequences of doing nothing with these tasks. Which of these unfinished tasks could be the worst to your role within your company. Then, use the Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule) – in this example it means to focus on 20% of your tasks as they deliver 80% of your results. When you have your most crucial task defined plan them in advance. A day without a plan can easily be a wasted day so make sure that you have time in your day to take care of your priorities.

The interesting thing was the argument that we should avoid multi-tasking. You should devote all your attention to one thing at a time and you would be amazed at how much more you could accomplish than if you were trying to do five things at once. Easier said than done, nevertheless, the examples provided by the author were worth reading and pretty convincing. 

I have touched only a few of rules provided by Brian Tracy but if I had to choose around 10 out of 21 the most important tips on personal productivity it would be: 

  1. Plan every day in advance
  2. Consider the consequences of doing nothing
  3. Apply the Pareto principle
  4. Focus on key results
  5. Upgrade your key skills
  6. Identify your key constraints
  7. Get out of your comfort zone
  8. Divide your goals into smaller chunks that will be doable and won’t overwhelm you
  9. Create large chunks of time

In conclusion, I really enjoyed the book. It’s a concise and comprehensive overview that touches on each of the key important elements of productivity and how to make sure that you’re doing the right things. It provides interesting examples which make the book more real-life. Although the book is pretty short I still find it redundant and would recommend combining some chapters.

Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
by Brian Tracy

Final rating:

Interesting story
Complexity of ideas
Flourish language

Book details:

Size: 128 pages
Published: 2007


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Other great book on procrastination and personal time management: The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

4 thoughts on “Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy • time management • personal productivity

  1. Thanks for this informative and interesting review. I am sure many of these rules are helpful, particularly the rule regarding focusing on 1 task at a time although, as you rightly say this is easier said than done. However, outside of the work context, it is great sometimes good to have an unplanned day, I.E. get up in the morning, maybe treat oneself to a breakfast in a nice restaurant then, on the spur of the moment decide to go for a walk in the park. Unplanned but very enjoyable. Best wishes – Kevin

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