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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 actiona…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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ريحانة
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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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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Stephanie *Eff your feelings*
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
Alya
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.
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Dr. Appu Sasidharan
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a book that will help you to escape from the habit of procrastination. Before reading this book, please understand that we will all have to procrastinate on one thing or another at some point in our life. So please don't succumb to toxic positivity and unrealistic goals before starting this book. It would be best if you also were careful to avoid procrastination reaching extreme levels that affect the quality of your life.

All the methods mentioned in this book can't be applied in everyon
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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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Justin Tate
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The whole book boils down to "do the hardest task first" and "make checklists." Not exactly rocket science, but I gotta admit I'm finding myself using the catchy phrase "Eat That Frog!" as a reminder to stop putting off daunting tasks. And I love checklists. Since I'm currently in a moment of high stress time management, it's exactly what I needed to hear. To really save time, listen to the audio version. It's unabridged and only 2.5 hours. ...more
Krishna Chaitanya
Eat your big and ugliest frog first

As disgusting as it may sound, if you put it into practical use, the results would be extremely good. This books is a slim one, follows a particular style and offers practical advice. This book is aimed at any working professional with tips and tricks to improve your productivity and do good in life in general.

Any working professional who’s having a tough time at work, doing overtime and under achieving then this book is a must read. It offers 21 rules right fr
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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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Heidi The Reader
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, business
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
Tamar...playing hooky for a few hours today
This is a great book, and to tell you the truth, I’ve got frogs jumping all over my desk and they are the mean and ugly kind. I know the rules, I know the techniques and I’ll happily return to them as soon as I finish reading all my GR Friends’ reviews, and the stack of books on my computer, tablets, and telephones – and oh, I really want to tackle that closet, and try some new recipes, oh, oh, and I’d like to go out for half an hour to see what’s new at the supermarket, the deck could really us ...more
Tanu
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The dictionary meaning of the word procrastination is “the action of delaying or postponing something”. However, the real meaning is “the creative reason you are showcasing, for not finishing something”. The quick response from our mind is that if procrastinating is bad, how can we overcome it. That’s where this quick read “Eat that Frog” by Brian Tracy helps.

The name of the book is also one of the main concepts taught and its name is derived from a quote from Mark Twain, who famously said:

"Eat
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Ahmed A
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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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
Reid
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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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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Reading_ Tamishly
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
🙋After a long time, I finally picked up a self-help book which I have been wanting to read for years.

For a pro who's amazing at procastination, I have been procrastinating doing the same but this time I had to pick it up and actually read the physical copy so that I get the maximum benefit out of it.

First of all, it doesn't preach.
Second, it doesn't tell you fixed rules.
Third, it is not intimidating.
Fourth, there are no unnecessary details.
Fifth, it talks about only one topic, that is, get the m
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Brent
A very basic collection of tips to beat procrastination. Geared very much toward sales and "business" people. Nothing really groundbreaking.

I was intrigued by how much the advice ran completely counter to much more valuable (to me) guide for professional creatives found in The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice. In contrast to that book's encouragement to respect your natural rhythms, take rest, and refill the well, Eat That Frog seemed more about ignoring your intuiti
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Vaishali
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-improvement
Absolutely essential reading for anyone who's human. Fantastic insight so typical of Brian Tracy. Go through this repeatedly, until it becomes a part of you. ...more
nitya
Oct 25, 2022 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Read for my MLIS class

As a longtime procrastinator, I really appreciate some of the advice in the book. I will try to practice it in my future projects and in general.

It got a little repetitive at times, which works for other people. Not so much for me.

There are 21 chapters, but they're all fairly short and to the point. I enjoyed that, especially as someone whose attention span has gone downhill.
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Nidhi Kaushik
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
"EAT THAT FROG" is unrivalled of the good books I have read.

This book is about eating the big ugly frog first, that is doing the tough, ugly work which you have been avoiding before finishing off the other uncomplicated tasks.

It is all about taking that first stride. Simply get up and do it even if you have no clue or no enthusiasm or no love.

I am going to follow the tips which are cited in the book and are applicable to me.

I would recommend this book to all the people, especially the youth o
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Dana Cristiana
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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غيداء الجويسر
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 ;)
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Maciej Nowicki
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 gre ...more
Susy
Aug 01, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, non-fiction
1.5 stars
I think this might be the right book for corporate employees looking to make a great career, not so much for other occupational categories. And even then I feel the need to warn about high blood pressure, hart diseases and burn out. Not because the tips aren’t useful, but because of the constant emphasis on being more productive, on excelling, on making more money, etc. Reading this book stressed me out, and I certainly wouldn’t want to live that way (therefore I’m not working at a high
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GridGirl
Jan 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
Argh, this book was a real struggle for me, even though it was fairly short. The reason for that is: I am not the target audience. The target audience are employees. This book teaches them what they already knew they needed to do to become better at their job but never did because they were afraid of change and probably won’t ever do because they still are. This is perfect for anyone working a 9 to 5 who has never heard anything about time management or has never wasted a thought on improving th ...more
Sarah
Mar 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Melody Warnick
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Irony: I owned a copy of this book about not procrastinating for about five years before I finally read it.
Leah
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great book! Basically prioritize your most important task first and do it until it's done. Prepare your next day and week in advance. For large tasks break them into bite size pieces with deadlines. Find out what you're good at and develop other skills needed. Develop urgency and motivation to do the tasks.

21 ways to stop procrastinating and get more done:

1. set the table - write out goals and objectives
2. plan out your next day and week
3. apply 80/20 rule to everything, focus on the 20
4. priori
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Amy | Foxy Blogs
I failed this book. I started listening to it in December and then got distracted (which goes against the concept of this book). I picked it back up 7 months later and finished it. *facepalm*

Kind of funny when I think about all the skills the book is teaching a person on how not to procrastinate and it took me 7 months to finish it.

Don't get me wrong I'm not saying it's a commentary on the book but more on me. I guess I should probably read it again at some point and try to do a better job
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