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

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NEW EDITION, REVISED AND UPDATED! There just isn't enough time for everything on our "To Do" list-and there never will be. Successful people don't try to do everything. They learn to focus on the most important tasks and make sure they get done. There's an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing...more
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Published January 1st 2007 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers (first published January 1st 2001)
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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 fa...more
Arabian Rihanna
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...more
Cory Zorker
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Ahmed A
"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...more
Apr 18, 2008 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Sarah by: Josh
Great book for anyone trying to tackle their personal obstacle that's keeping them from moving faster towards their goals, whatever those goals may be. The book is based on the saying by Mark Twain that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with teh satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the wost thing that is going to happen to you all day long. The book contains lessons on prioritizing, how spending a couple of minutes outlining and pri...more
Noha  Al-Yahya
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...more
کتاب خوبی است برای کسانی که کتاب را فقط نمی خوانند، بلکه گام به گام نوشته ها را در زندگی محک می زنند.
May 21, 2011 Reid rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Julia Doherty
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!
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
Книга хорошая и ценная. Понравилось что автор перечислил множество принципов эффективности, дал довольно много хороших советов, раскрыл много способов реализации сложных задач и прочее. Ещё понравилась системность и краткость.
Рекомендую прочитать тем, кто стремится к большей эффективности и лучших результатов в своей жизни.
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.
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
Ahmad Alahmadi

هذا الكتاب قرأته قبل ٤ أو ٥ 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...more
Ava h
Aug 10, 2007 Ava h added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: na

نه نه نه
اين قرارمون نبود
كه تو بي خبر بري

من خسته شم كه تو
بي همسفر بري
نه نه نه
اين قرارمون نبود
من رنگ شب بشم
تو سرسپرده شي
من جون به لب بشم
باور نمي كنم
اين تو خود تويي
اين تو كه از خودش
بي خود شده تويي
باور نمي كنم
عشق مني هنوز
گاهي به قلب من
سر ميزني هنوز
وقتي زندوني تو هوس
مثله پروازه تو قفس
اين رسم همراهي نشد اي همنفس!
وقتي قلبت از من جداست
بر گردونه بي همصداست
انگار دستت با دست من نا آشناست
باور نمي كنم
عشق مني هنوز
گاهي به قلب من
سر مي زني هنوز

Hmmmm, I read this book after a recommendation from my friend salha, and i admit that if you follow the 21 rules, your life will experience a huge transformation that you haven't imagined ever. Though, I admit too that i followed some of the 21 rules for a short time then i got back to my old Procrastination. I do recommend reading and following this book "by following i mean doing its 21 tips", But I also have to tell you that you really have to hold it daily to make sure that you are following...more
Alexander Koro
Название книги в оригинале: Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time (Съешьте эту лягушку. 21 мощный способ преодолеть прокрастинацию и сделать больше за меньшее время). Вот откуда и забежали "пресловутые лягушки" в наш отечественный тайм-менеджмент и наплодили прочих тварей! Я вообще не одобряю прямой перевод таких метафор, думаю, что в оригинальном контексте она имеет несколько иной вкус..)) Брайан Трейси - современный гуру тайм-менеджмента, замечател...more
Victor Kryvenko
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...more
Robyn Blaber
I suppose that it's ironic that I read this book while procrastinating, hoping that it might inspire me to stop procrastinating, while all the time it was the instrument of my procrastination.

When I got into the book... well either this is an awesome book from which many other time management books were generated, or this was just a book that listed time management techniques from other books and perhaps didn't do the best job. There were no surprises in here at all.

If I get my work done in the...more
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...more
Very short book and VERY light reading - I breezed through it. There's not much meat to it. I think the primary value might be to use it basically as talking points.

The 21 ways are fine, but you really don't need all the other rambling and the author's addiction to idioms and poor style of introducing them is quite annoying: "You have heard the old question..." (Page 13), "It has been said for many years that..." (Page 2), "It has also been said that..." (Page 2), "You remember the story of..."...more
This was a short, motivating read. A lot of the book is directed towards people working in an office, but as a stay-at-home mom, I was still able to apply a lot of it in my life. The book's main point is based on a quote by Mark Twain which says that if you ate a live frog every morning, everything else you had to do for the day would be so easy. It has helped me to write a list of the things that I need to get done each day, and then find the hardest, most important thing and get it done first...more
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
May 30, 2014 Niloofar rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: self-help, audio-book
همیشه وقتی این کتاب را می دیدم، فکر می کردم که این هم جزء کتاب های زرد و عامه پسندی ست که همه جا را پر کرده است؛ به ویژه که اسم کتاب هم خیلی مسخره به نظر می رسید. بر حسب یک کنجکاوی پیش پا افتاده، مقدمه کتاب را خواندم و دریافتم که شاید با کتاب خوبی روبرو باشم. قورباغه را قورت بده، 21 روش مدیریت زمان ساده و عملی است که بیشتر از دیگر کتاب های مدیریت زمان امکان کاربرد دارد، چرا که با تکنیک هایی ساده سر و کار دارد. کتاب را به هر کسی که به دنبال بهبود بهره وری فردی است پیشنهاد می کنم.
أحمد مبروك
أُهديَ لي الكتاب و أنا في مصر من صديقي السعودي -طويل العمر و العافية- الدكتور فيصـل القـرشي. كتاب ككل كتب التحفيز دائما ما يجعلني أتصور ذلك المدرب مفتول العضلات و هو يصرخ في تلاميذه بنبرة تحفيزية نشطه! قد يقرأ المرء العشرات من أمثال هذا الكتاب وفي اعتقادي لن يشعر بذلك الحماس و الاندفاع إلا خلال قراءته -أو استماعه لذلك المدرب-. لذلك تجد كل كتب تطوير الذات تكتب كخطاب لشخص واحد، كأن الكتاب كتب له هو فحسب. ـ

عموما، استفدت من الكتاب في بعض النقاط، و لا أستطيع أن أنكر أني تحفزت عند قراءة بعض النصائح. ـ...more
Prashant Chaudhary
Easy to understand, small, cheap, well organized book on time management. It was my first book on time management and it was successful in achieving its goal. Techniques/Formulas/Methods explained in this book make time management an easy task. I have implemented ABCDE method and one barrel at a time and it is really changing my life. Have scope of learning for everyone irrespective of your age/profession. I will recommend to read this book once every six month and it will help you get your life...more
The best part of this book is that it didn't "beat around the bush" in giving the reader ideas in how to quickly become more productive. I've read several books looking for more tips to get more done in less time to enjoy more of life. The real truth is I just expect too much of myself - but this book has some of the best ideas on avoiding procrastination that I've come across. I listened to it on audio but I decided it was worth buying a used copying to keep some of the ideas in front of me as...more
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“ 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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