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

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The legendary Eat That Frog! (more than 450,000 copies sold and translated into 23 languages) provides the 21 most effective methods for conquering procrastination and accomplishing more. This new edition is revised and updated throughout, and includes brand new information on how to keep technology from dominating our time.
Paperback, Second Edition, 128 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers (first published 2001)
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Ken Lenoir No offense to Tom but it's a 2 hour read and I couldn't disagree with him more unless he outright lied about the book's page count. It is very…moreNo offense to Tom but it's a 2 hour read and I couldn't disagree with him more unless he outright lied about the book's page count. It is very actionable. The key insight is this: Find out the most important use of your time at each moment, or at least every day, and work on it until completion.

There are other techniques for time management too like the 80/20 rule being applied to all your lists, determing "what one goal/task, if I achieved/completed it, would have the greatest positive impact on my life?" and working on that, a goal setting/achieving method, a prioritizing method for lists, determining your key result areas, what exactly you get paid for, what skills you need to increase your income, etc, etc.

I've done Tony Robbin's RPM method, David Allen's GTD method, and the Meta Productivity method, and my own versions of to do lists, implemented other's recommendations, and I've gotta say that Eat That Frog trumps them all.

It comes highly recommended from me. (less)

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Arabian Rihanna
Aug 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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Stephanie *Very Stable Genius*
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
Alicia
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this book and I think its not bad. It is full of useful tools and tips to get you to stop procrastinating. But there are better books out there. The best book I've read on this topic is the Procrastination Elimination Method by John Isaac. It's not really famous.. its like a hidden gem. It addresses the core experiences and perceptions that cause procrastination to begin with.

I give 3 stars to Eat That Frog because the author seems to have put in a lot of effort.
Cory Zorker
May 06, 2010 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
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Donna
May 29, 2012 added it
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
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سماح عطية
“لاتفرحوا يا بناتي وأبنائي بقراءة الكتب السهلة؛ لأن المرء حين يقرأ لا يفهم إلا ما يعرف،
فإذا فهمتم ما تقرأونه فهذا يعني أنكم تعرفونه ويكون دور الكتاب هو التذكير ليس أكثر”

يُذكرني عنوان الكتاب بالمقولة السابقة لـ دكتور عبد الكريم بكار :
والعنوان أيضًا "ابدأ بالأهم ولو كان صعبًا" هو أفصح ما في الكتاب؛
وما احتواه من أفكار تدور حوله؛
وكلها تحاول اقناعنا بـ
التركيز على الأهم؛ فـ حياتنا محدودة،
وهي أقصر من أن نبعثرها بين الأهم وذاك غيرالجدير بأولوية أوقاتنا،
ثمّ البدء فورًا بـ تنفيذ ما قررنا أهميته،
وبالطبع
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time, Brian Tracy
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ششم ژانویه سال 2009 میلادی
عنوان: قورباغه را قورت بده - بیست و یک روش برای غلبه بر تنبلی؛ نویسنده: برایان تریسی؛ مترجم: اشرف رحمانی؛ کورش طارمی؛ تهران، راشید، 1382؛ در 198 ص؛ شابک: 9647851057؛ چاپ دوم 1382؛ چهارم تا هشتم 1383؛ نهم تا پانزدهم 1384؛ چاپ هفدهم 1385؛ تا بیست و سوم 1387؛ تا بیست و ششم 1388؛ شابک: 9789647851053؛ چاپ بیست و نهم 1392؛ در 224 ص؛ موضوع: اهمالکاری - قرن 21 م
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Heidi The Reader
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business, non-fiction
Brian Tracy gives simple and easily acted-upon suggestions for stream lining and maximizing your productivity. The title itself, Eat That Frog!, refers to completing the biggest, ugliest task you may have on your plate on any given day. If you do whatever that is first (the frog), in the morning when you're at your most energetic and before anything else distracts you, then at least you can say you got something done today. Most everything else will seem almost easy by comparison... at least, th ...more
Lulu
Apr 11, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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Dream.m
Jan 29, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anti-suggestion
شاید اونقدر وقت نداشته باشی که در طول روز به همهی کارهات برسی، ولی قطعن اونقدر وقت داری که مهمترین کارهات رو انجام بدی =))) ی همچین چیزایی...
این کتابهای انگیزشی هم خوب چیزیان، به شرطی که یک مشوق واقعی و بیرونی هم برای غلبه بر تنبلی وجود داشته باشه، وگرنه صرفا خوندن کتاب ازت ی آدم بانشاط و فعال نمیسازه.
مثل اینها که با خوندن مجله ورزشی فکر میکنن قهرمان المپیک میشن. (اخ ک چقدر من بانمکم)
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Ahmed A
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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"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
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Hedayat
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
Gypsy

همه چیزایی که بقیّه میگن رو، اینجا در موجزترین و مفیدترین حالت اورده. دستش درد نکنه. :دی
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Maryann
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
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كِـنزة بلقـاسم
كتيب بسيط مفيد للأشخاص الذين يعانون من الإهمال والتكاسل والمماطلة ،يقدّم الكاتب 21 نصيحة غيرت حياته جذريا ...فتحوّل من شاب ترك مقاعد الدراسة ، وعامل في الميناء إلى رجل أعمال يملك الكثير من العقارات والشركات وكاتب للعشرات من الكتب في مجال تنمية الذات وريادة الأعمال ..

النصائح الـ 21 أغلبها مكررة .. ولب الكتاب هو الآتي :

- قم بالأعمال الأهم أوّلا وإن كانت الأصعب ، ثم انتقل للأعمال الباقية
- ضع خططا سنوية ، شهرية ،أسبوعية و يومية.
-رتب مهامك اليومية في اليوم الليلة السابقة ورتبها من الأهم للغير هام .
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Masoud Irannejad
چکیده من از کل کتاب :
میزتان را مرتب کنید
برای هر روزتان از روز قبل با نوشتن یک لیست، برنامه ریزی کنید
اولویت و زمانبندی کنید و مهمترین کارها را اول انجام دهید
خودتان را تحت فشار قرار دهید
به جای فکر کردن ، عمل کنید
Reid
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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mahdy
Jul 05, 2007 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.
Ariana
Feb 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Noha  Al-Yahya
Feb 05, 2010 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.
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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.
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سيرة المؤلف رائعة ، ومادفعني إلى اقتناء الكتاب هو استماع
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Hussein Dehghani
Jun 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1
بدترين رَآه استفاده از وقت اين است كه كارى را انجام دهى كه نياز به انجام دادنش نباشد...
Sarah
Mar 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
غيداء
Apr 04, 2012 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 ;)
Dana Cristiana
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dana by: Busila
4,5 stars.

I haven't read many "self-help" books in my life, but I have to say that this one is the best of them all!
This Tracy guy made some research, but not only that. He has many experiences and from them he shows us how to deal with time. This book is talking mainly about being great on your job, but you can take it for other things as well.
Tracy is teaching us 21 steps that (combined in a way or another) can help us manage the time we have, how to stop wasting it away and start right away w
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Soheil
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
اوایل کتاب همون حرفای همیشگیه برایان تریسی راجب هدف گزاری و داشتن تصویر ذهنی و قانون ٢٠/٨٠ و این چیزا هستش و بعد میره سراغ برنامه ریزی و مدیریت زمان.كلا دست و دلم نميره به كتاباى جناب تريسى بيشتر از ٣-٣.٥ ستاره بدم چون تكرار مكررات تو همه ى كتاباش هست و اين موضوع آزار دهندس.روش برنامه ریزیش هم خوبه اما من روش GTD از دیوید آلن رو ترجیح میدم.از هردوش برای مدت نسبتا طولانی استفاده کردم و به نظرم روش دیوید آلن کاربردی تره.
Cynthia Schultz
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wist alles al en had dit boek zelf kunnen schrijven; het zijn echt mega goede tips om productiever te zijn. Absoluut een aanrader. Vind alleen de herhaaldelijke tip dat iedereen alles kan leren onwaar, verder is alles in dit boek wél waar.
Ahmad Alahmadi
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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Julia Doherty
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
Zahra Dashti
کتاب خوبی بود. نمی شه گفت حرفهاش تازه بود ، در واقع بیشترش چیزهایی بود که خودم زمانی بدون اینکه آگاه باشم بهشون عمل می کردم ولی فراموششون کرده بودم. یادآوری کننده خوبی بود. به خصوص که نظم و شیوه بیان هم مناسب و موجز بود
به نظرم خوندنش ضرر نداره و می تونه به آدم کمک کنه
Shervinbr
May 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
اين كتاب رو از فيبيدو خريدم ، تقريبا همه كتاب رو وقتى منتظر مترو يا داخل مترو بودم خوندم . به نظرم كتاب خوبى نبود . دارم كم كم ايمان ميارم به اين جمله كه ميگه " طرف كتاب هاى پرفروش نرين " . مباحثى رو عنوان كرده كه هر انسان سالمى با مراجعه به عقلش ميتونه اينا رو بدون اينكه جايى بخونه ، درك كنه . و تنها كارى كه كتاب كرده بود اين بود كه يكم به اين مباحث شرح و بسط داده بود و اونا رو تو كتاب آورده بود . حتى اگر فهرست مطالب كتاب رو بخونيم ، ميتونيم وقتمون رو كمتر هدر بديم
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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.” 53 likes
“...you 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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