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Eat that Frog! from SmarterComics

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  18,641 Ratings  ·  1,533 Reviews
Procrastinators, be advised: Success is not a magical combination of genetics and fashion sense. Rather, it is a series of time management behaviors which must be practiced on a regular basis. Luckily, “EAT THAT FROG!” will show you how to deal with those challenging tasks you keep putting off in an accessible comic book format. Instead of slowing you down, completing thes ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by SmarterComics (first published January 1st 2001)
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Arabian Rihanna
Aug 30, 2012 Arabian Rihanna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A self-development book that seems like a long PowerPoint presentation, with tons of quotes from people I never heard of. So I'm supposed to be inspired and motivated by a certain Jonathan Smerkfeese who says "Procrastination. Such a bad, bad thing"?

What I learned from this book, however, is how to write a self-development book. Let me share these ten easy steps with you:

Step number one: Pick a title. Nothing revolutionary. Any mind-numbing sequence of words can turn into a title. The Princess i
Mar 15, 2012 Stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psycology, 2012
I finished this book a couple of days ago..........and I wanted to put a review in right away to get it in at the top of the week, but there was the Super bowl, then Monday I had to make dog food (you did read that correctly), last night Justified was on.....and that needs your full attention. This morning I had class for my Ballot Judge position for the primary March 6 (that promises to be a clusterf#k my friends). Now I'm stuck at work, and have to type this out on my IPad which is not the fas ...more
Cory Zorker
May 06, 2010 Cory Zorker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing revolutionary, but a good (and quick) recap of the things we need to do to get stuff done.

The key premise is that if we ate a live frog first thing in the morning, everything else would be easy compared to that. It's a good reminder to concentrate on the most important task instead of getting mired down in the smaller, unimportant ones.

The author gives 21 steps to getting things done:

01. Set the table (spend some time writing out your goals for year, month and week). Prioritize those and
Think on paper.
1. Write down your goals, set deadlines, list steps to achieve goals, organize steps into a plan by priority and sequence, do something every day on your highest-impact goal.
Do now: list 10 goals. Pick your highest-impact goal, set a deadline, make a plan, take action.
2. Make a master list of everything you want to do, make a list for the coming month, make a list for the coming week and for the next day. When planning a project, list all the steps and organize them by priority an
Apr 11, 2012 Lulu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
This book may be better for doers than thinkers. I read it about a year ago, and really liked it. A lot. It gave me a good kick start to getting things done. But then procrastination crept back, and the frog effect wore off. I'm a right-brain thinker, so I probably should have just tattooed the saying on the back of my hand.
I've just started reading "The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play" by Neil Fiore, and it's a better fit for me. "Eat
برای من 20 درصد اول کتاب بهترین قسمتش بود به نظرم بقیه کتاب جنبه ی تکرار داشت . البته جزو کتاب هایی که خوب ادم بعضی وقتها یه چند ورقی ازش بخونه واسه دوباره انرژی گرفتن
I saw the author, Brian Tracy, several years ago at a seminar as a motivational speaker and became a fan. Needed some extra motivation on getting tasks done recently and 'Eat That Frog' definitely helps with re-prioritizing things on the task list and making a plan to get them done. Listening to the audio book is even that more effective. Here are the notes I made while listening (his major principles):

Decide what I want. Plan every day in advance. 20% of my activities are 80% of my results - an
Ahmed A
May 19, 2012 Ahmed A rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"There is never enough time to do everything you have to do. You are literally swamped with work and personal responsibilities, projects, stacks of magazines to read....But the fact is you are never going to caught up. You will never get on top of your tasks"

The key is: Prioritize your tasks!

That's the book in three words! But how?! Brian Tracy will show you how in this book, Eat That Frog! The ugly one first!

Very practical book. You would love this book if you actually applied the exercises thr

همه چیزایی که بقیّه میگن رو، اینجا در موجزترین و مفیدترین حالت اورده. دستش درد نکنه. :دی
Jul 05, 2007 mahdy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب خوبی است برای کسانی که کتاب را فقط نمی خوانند، بلکه گام به گام نوشته ها را در زندگی محک می زنند.
Hussein Dehghani
بدترين رَآه استفاده از وقت اين است كه كارى را انجام دهى كه نياز به انجام دادنش نباشد...
Noha  Al-Yahya
Feb 05, 2010 Noha Al-Yahya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قرابة المئة صفحة فقط .. إلا أنها تملأ الذهن بالوسائل الأهم للإنجاز
يركز المؤلف على أدق نقاط الضعف التي تجعل من الشخص مسوّفاً
وأدق نقاط القوة التي تجعل منه منجزاً..
أعجبتني الكثير من الاقتباسات التي أنوي الرجوع إليها
إلى جانب الرجوع إلى قراءته كاملاً مرة أخرى.
ملاحظتي الوحيدة هي التكرار في طرح بعض الوسائل
رغم انها كانت تكرر بطريقة جديدة في كل مرة، ممايعمّق فهم القارئ،
إلا أنه كان بالإمكان جمعها في نقطة واحدة.
سيرة المؤلف رائعة ، ومادفعني إلى اقتناء الكتاب هو استماع
May 21, 2011 Reid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Reid by: Paul Jew
Brian Tracey puts together a book full of useful ideas on how to be more productive.

His chapter summaries on p113 are a good resource to review.

1. Set the table: Decide what you want
2. Plan the day in advance: Think on paper
3. Apply the 80/20 rule: 20% of activity produces 80% of the results
4. Consider the consequences: of your 20% activities
5. Practice creative procrastination: put off things of low value
6. Use the A B C D E Method continually: prioritize
7. Focus on key result areas: concentrat
Mar 31, 2016 غيداء rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Updated review 31 March 2016:

If you follow the 21 rules, your life will be as productive as u wish.
Though, I followed some of the 21 rules for a short time then I went back to my old Procrastination, maybe they have to be 'revised' from time to time ;)
U principu ne čitam ovakvu vrstu knjiga. Nekako sam mišljenja da su one više orjentisane na zapadni svijet.

Međutim, savjeti nisu loši ukoliko se čovjek natjera da živi po njima.

Doduše, ne mogu se svi primjeniti na našim prostorima. Npr. savjet "razgovarajte sa Vašim šefom o Vašim konkretnim zaduženjima". Ko god je radio u privatnom sektoru shvatiće apsurd ove rečenice. :)
Julia Doherty
Mar 11, 2012 Julia Doherty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You will often see me post online that today I have to "eat a few frogs". This is now a way of life for me! I think Brian Tracy is a genius!
Feb 11, 2013 Ariana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-reading
I gritted my teeth through this whole book. Having just re-read the exceptional Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, by David Allen, this book felt poorly-written, poorly-organized, and poorly conceived. The author is brutal and his suggestions mostly make me want to run the other way. Get up early. Stay up late. Nose to the grindstone. Work work work work work work work. The most successful people work work work work work work work. He offers billions of made-up statistics ...more
Ahmad Alahmadi
Feb 09, 2012 Ahmad Alahmadi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

هذا الكتاب قرأته قبل أو سنوات ، كتاب جميل وبسيط وأفكاره واضحة ومحددة ، أذكر إني قرأته أكثر من مرة ولخصته وحددت النقاط المهمة ( الكتاب صار دفتر كشكول من كثر الشخبطة عليه !) وكنت ذيك الأيام كل ما أقرر أعيد ترتيب أموري آخذ الكتاب وأحطه مع الدفاتر اللي أبغى أخطط فيها للمستقبل
لكن بصراحة رغم كل هالإهتمام ما طلعت بنتيجة تذكر ، رغم بساطة الأفكار حد السذاجة إلا إني وجدت صعوبة في التطبيق
من أكثر الأفكار اللي رسخت براسي هي فكرة الكتاب الأساسية واللي يمثلها بتمثيل مشمئز شوية! أذكره يقول إنه تخيل لما تصحى ا
سفيان حاتم
الكتاب قليل في عدد ضفحاته لكنه فائدته أعظم من فائدة كتاب بضعف عدد الصفحات، الكتاب عملي جدا توجد فائدة في كل صفحة بداية من التقديم.

يشبه فيه الكاتب المهمات بالضفادع التي يجب عليك أكلها، أنا أرى أن هذه الكتاب يستحق أن يكون منهجا في المدارس والجامعات وخصوصا طلاب الإدارة.
Farnaz Ps
Jun 07, 2016 Farnaz Ps rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: خودیاری
ظاهرا کتاب کوچک و ساده ست ولی به عنوان یک کتاب خودیاری میتونه مفید باشه البته مشروط بر این شرط بزرگ که خواننده همت والا برای تغییر خود داشته باشه
Ahmad Sharabiani
نمیدانم کی این کتاب را چاپ کرده است، انگار بعضی ها مو به مو رعایت میکنند
مالك عرقسوسي
تلخيصي للكتاب
Mar 02, 2008 Jeremiah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for quick tips for maximizing your daily output then this book is a great start. Each chapter is about three pages long with two ideas to implement what was just learned. I've read a bunch of Tracy's material and have profited from a lot of it; however, his underpinning philosophical outlook is largely panentheistic (god is in all things). There are other serious philosophical issues Tracy is just wrong about, but very little of his "New Age" ideas spill over into this book. So ...more
Apr 15, 2011 Markus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is basically about the Pareto principle (80-20 rule), with some tips and tricks how you could incorporate that into your life. Great recap and reminder of that you will never be “finished” with all your tasks and the importance of planning and prioritizing the work.
Indrani Sen
Jul 18, 2016 Indrani Sen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took me a long time to get around finishing this. A well written book of easy to follow advice. The advice makes sense too. Now I need to remember and apply. :)
Tayebe Ej
Nov 10, 2015 Tayebe Ej rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
کل مطالب مفید کتاب در حد پنج صفحه بود
Oct 14, 2016 Joanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recenzja po polsku

I had just started a new job and I had been feeling a bit overwhelmed. This book was just what I needed :). It's a short read but full of good tips on time management, balancing work and private life, staying healthy and happy.

The Author tells us that there is no way to ever finish all the work and that we should just focus on the 20% that bring us 80% of achievements. He keeps repeating to stop procrastinating and just start tackling the worst tasks first. And you know what?
Feb 20, 2013 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been meaning to read this book since I bought it back in 2011 but because I am very good at procrastinating I managed to put it off! It has proved its worth already because I have spent the last two days completing a complicated paperwork task which involved putting together lots of information from all sorts of places and collating it into a coherent whole. I’ve been putting off doing this for the last two months. In the spirit of the book I decided that this was the frog I really needed ...more
Victor Kryvenko
May 13, 2014 Victor Kryvenko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Одна из очень не многих книг малых по объему и удивительно ёмких по содержанию. Никакой воды. Очень конкретные и запоминающиеся примеры которые своей лаконичностью могут сравниться с бритвой. Кратко и по сути. Чувствуется что автор очень много пропустил через себя что бы получить эту квинтэссенцию знаний.

Выйди из зоны комфорта. Измени свою жизнь

До этого имя Брайана Трейси у меня ассоциировалось с не очень лестным в нашей стране понятием инфобизнесмена, у которого миллионы лекций, сотни книг и им
Sep 09, 2013 Azn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was biased toward self-help books, to me, they were useless. Just common sense put into different words that people with midlife crisis deemed as gospel for about a month until the next motivational self-help book came along. Eat that frog cracked that bias, and 8/10 is the highest rating I could give, at the moment, to a book that I had a disdain for before I even started.
The book was a surprise, it lead me to understand the appeal of self-help books. You cannot see these types of books as i
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Eat That Frog! from SmarterComics, by Brian Tracy 3 57 Jun 05, 2014 07:40AM  
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“One of the very worst uses of time is to do something very well that need not to be done at all.” 37 likes
“ cannot eat every tadpole and frog in the pond, but you can eat the biggest and ugliest one, and that will be enough, at least for the time being.
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