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

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

Автор Brian Tracy

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

Автор Brian Tracy

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We all know that prioritization is key to getting things done. But how? That's where this book comes in. Brian Tracy offers practical advice that you can implement immediately to make sure you tick off everything on your to-do list.


It's time to stop procrastinating and get more of the important things done! After all, successful people don't try to do everything. They focus on their most important tasks and get those done. They eat their frogs.

There's an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is eat a live frog, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you're done with the worst thing you'll have to do all day. For Tracy, eating a frog is a metaphor for tackling your most challenging task—but also the one that can have the greatest positive impact on your life.

Eat That Frog! shows you how to organize each day so you can zero in on these critical tasks and accomplish them efficiently and effectively. The core of what is vital to effective time management is: decision, discipline, and determination. And in this fully revised and updated edition, Tracy adds two new chapters. The first explains how you can use technology to remind yourself of what is most important and protect yourself from what is least important. The second offers advice for maintaining focus in our era of constant distractions, electronic and otherwise.

This life-changing book will ensure that you get more of your important tasks done today.
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Brian Tracy is Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals and organizations. He is the top selling author of over forty-five books that have been translated into dozens of languages. Brian is happily married and has four children. He is active in community and national affairs, and is the President of three companies headquartered in Solana Beach, California.

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"BEWARE: This book will have a profound impact on your working practices and the results you’ll achieve. Eat That Frog! challenges your working practices, it explains the self-discipline needed to succeed, and [it] firmly gets to the root cause of why people procrastinate. Then it effortlessly explains how to boost your productivity once and for all."

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"If you find procrastination to be a consistent problem in your life, Eat That Frog! offers a concise and valuable collection of tactics to try. The reasons for each person’s procrastination are different, so it’s good that Tracy’s tactics are fairly diverse and attack many different avenues of procrastination."

The Simple Dollar

"Eat That Frog! is my favourite book on productivity, and I often find myself rereading it in January to remind myself of the disciplines and practices I’d like to follow in the coming year. Each time I read the book, I find new nuggets of productivity gold."

—Liz Gooster, Change for the Better

Everyone has a frog, and eating that frog is the best thing you can do to stop procrastinating. Procrastination is a time-killer, and Tracy has a way of making getting over that frog fun and exciting. Every chapter presents a new idea, tip, and technique that will help you overcome that inner laziness that keeps you on the couch at night instead of in the gym.

Peanut Press

"Eat That Frog!, small in pages but huge in content, offers a cure for the curse of modern-day living: procrastination. Even though the medicine sounds painful (bush tucker trail kind of stuff), it isn’t. Like you, I have read zillions of books—and most of the time I can’t remember anything that I have just read. Not with this one. I’m eating frogs daily and feeling better for it! I can’t recommend Eat That Frog! enough."

—Corinna Richards, The Coaching Academy

This book gave me the kick in the pants I needed to organize my to-do lists, plan my days, become more productive, and get focused.

—Beth Anne Schwamberger, Brilliant Business Moms

"Eat That Frog! is the most accessible book on time management and personal productivity—I recommend you read this one before you learn any particular time management system. There are tons of exercises and techniques that you can implement right away, and that is what I like the most about the book—it gives you actionable steps so you can start right away."

—Thanh Pham, Asian Efficiency

An impactful read. The 21 ways that [Tracy] shares are real game-changers, if you read with an eye towards self-improvement and an intention to make a change. I have benefited greatly from this book, and I highly recommend that you pick up your own copy today.

—Chris Moore, Reflect on This

We strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to manage her time well and also add value to herself in this competitive world.

The Journal of Applied Christian Leadership

I wasn’t expecting all that much from the book initially, as the whole ‘eating a frog’ seemed like some new age nonsense that didn’t really apply in real life. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The best thing about this book is that it actually tells you what you should do. It doesn’t just spout philosophy after philosophy about dreams and hope. It gives solid, practical advice that applies to pretty much every one—students, employees, stay-at-home moms, entrepreneurs, etc. Whether you’re having time management issues or not, I’d recommend you pick up this book. You’re sure to learn something useful from it.

—Fab, Shocks and Shoes

This book distinguishes itself from others of the same type by laying out specific guidelines for developing the self-discipline that allows you to start and complete important tasks in sequence. Each of the 21 chapters offers clear instructions and practice exercises to help you determine if you are making the best use of your time at any given moment. You’ll learn how to prepare yourself mentally and physically to tackle the task at hand, along with strategies for dividing it into manageable segments to keep you moving forward. You’ll even find out what to tell yourself to do if you’re having trouble getting started, or become distracted and need to get back on track.

—Carnegie Library Business Librarians, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


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Eat That Frog!

21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

Brian Tracy

Eat That Frog!

Copyright © 2017 by Brian Tracy

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Indexer: Rachel Rice

Cover designer: Irene Morris Design

To my remarkable daughter Catherine, an amazing girl with a wonderful mind and an incredible future lying before her



Introduction: Eat That Frog

1  Set the Table

2  Plan Every Day in Advance

3  Apply the 80/20 Rule to Everything

4  Consider the Consequences

5  Practice Creative Procrastination

6  Use the ABCDE Method Continually

7  Focus on Key Result Areas

8  Apply the Law of Three

9  Prepare Thoroughly Before You Begin

10  Take It One Oil Barrel at a Time

11  Upgrade Your Key Skills

12  Identify Your Key Constraints

13  Put the Pressure on Yourself

14  Motivate Yourself into Action

15  Technology Is a Terrible Master

16  Technology Is a Wonderful Servant

17  Focus Your Attention

18  Slice and Dice the Task

19  Create Large Chunks of Time

20  Develop a Sense of Urgency

21  Single Handle Every Task

Conclusion: Putting It All Together



Learning Resources of Brian Tracy International

About the Author


Thank you for picking up this book. I hope these ideas help you as much as they have helped me and thousands of others. In fact, I hope this book changes your life forever.

There is never enough time to do everything you have to do. You are literally swamped with work and personal responsibilities, endless e-mails, social media, projects, stacks of magazines to read, and piles of books you intend to get to one of these days—as soon as you get caught up.

But the fact is that you are never going to get caught up. You will never get on top of your tasks. You will never get far enough ahead to be able to get to all those e-mails, books, magazines, and leisure-time activities that you dream of.

And forget about solving your time management problems by becoming more productive. No matter how many personal productivity techniques you master, there will always be more to do than you can ever accomplish in the time you have available to you, no matter how much

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  • (4/5)
    This was a nice refresher as it reminded me of my training I did with the Franklin Covey planners over 20 years ago. I have not been placing A's, B's and C's and then A1, A2 and so forth on my tasks. I was also doing the smaller quick tasks first to get them out of the way and then not leaving time for the big tasks. Not because I was procrastinating but I thought I could get more items checked off my list. I will now eat the nastiest frog first and know I will be more efficient. I will say, listening to this book was a little bit of a hoot as I could just picture the author sitting i a recliner with a table and lamp sitting next to him with a very old cassette tape recorder sitting on the table. The sound quality made the image happen. Even if you don't think you procrastinate, which I don't, this is a great reminder of what order things should happen to become more efficient.
  • (3/5)
    Well written but heard it all before. Short so a good refresher.
  • (4/5)
    I got to say when i looked as this very small book i was worried that was useless. But actually i read it in one hour and really liked the concise information. It is really a very good little book on ideas to help with procrastination
  • (3/5)
    How to stop procrastinating so you can accomplish more and advance at twork.
  • (4/5)
    This is a concise and enjoyable set of personal success aphorisms oriented around the themes of time management and taking initiative. Tracy's overall point is that successful people get there bit by bit, by acting daily on the most important steps, and by getting rid of the mental and schedule clutter that aren't as important.
  • (3/5)
    Flipped through this one. It contains solid advice, but nothing particularly original. Good to review when you need a kick in the pants.
  • (4/5)
    I read this book a long time ago, but the lessons stick with me. The lessons have helped me to procrastinate less than I'm normally inclined to. I'm still not as disciplined as I'd like to be, but I often tackle the most difficult or the biggest and ugliest frog on the list. I always get more done and in a more efficient way.
  • (4/5)
    As a productivity and motivation manager, Eat That Frog! wins all around. The tips given in it are clear, actionable items, not bogged down by the psychology or theory behind them (though I will admit, that is sometimes nice to know), and the author has a thoroughly peppy, motivational-speaking tone.

    Truthfully, these were often the book's greatest weaknesses as well. I could have used a little more evidence (he often cites statistics, such as how starting and stopping a project can "increase the time necessary to complete the task by as much as 500 percent", curiously without any references to where he pulled that number) (110). Additionally, I am immediately suspicious of anyone who claims that he can "guarantee" that a reader who follows his advice will double their income within a month - which he does twice, once at the beginning and another later while relating a story of one of his clients who managed this. This approach may be motivational, but also had a distinctly slick salesman approach to it; testimonials and guarantees are pitfalls to the prudent-minded.

    In short, my impression of Eat That Frog is very similar to that I had to Dave Ramsay's Money Makeover - the salesman, "Try my product and see your life change, guaranteed!" approach was a turn-off, but there is good advice inside. Just take it with a grain of salt.
  • (5/5)
    This is a short but valuable book. The concepts covered are important and well stated. I will try to apply them to my life. Most concepts are simple and perhaps are logical but often not followed. I strongly recommend this book.
  • (4/5)
    Concise roundup of tips.
  • (2/5)
    A very generic self-help book that draws strongly on other self-help books. On the plus side, it lines up with a lot of my own personal views and was very short. On the negative side, my wife and daughter are already tired of me talking about eating frogs.
  • (4/5)
    Read for a workshop. Didn't particularly find any new ideas, but they were certainly presented in a memorable way.
  • (3/5)
    Although this book is geared for leadership/management people, I found this just as valuable me as a retired person. It had some chapters that gave me some glimpse to my own shortcomings that when implemented will add purpose and value to my day.
  • (5/5)
    A great simple book that summarizes what you need to do to be productive and successful.
  • (3/5)
    Good summary of timeless principles.
  • (4/5)
    This book has lots of good ideas for time management and goal setting. Though there wasn't really any new information, it was a really nice refresher. The chapters were pretty short, so I felt like I was making progress every time I picked up this book to read some. I like the idea of "eating the frog" first.

    A few years ago, I mentioned this book (based only on what I read about it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble's website) during a short talk I gave at t Junior League board meeting about time management. I remember that the "eat the frog" part made several people chuckle. Now I wish I'd read the book beforehand, especially since I know now that it was a pretty quick read.
  • (4/5)
    Surprisingly non-awful. The closest thing to a motivational self-help book I want to read. Lots of good practical ideas, and it's short.
  • (3/5)
    The basic premise of this book is that you take the least favourite task you have to do in a given day and do it first thing. Get it over with. Quite good advice if you can follow it. There's more similar advice in this book on goal setting, achieving objectives and so on, but it does all feel a bit unoriginal.
  • (5/5)
    One of the best books in the Brian Tracy canon. No matter how many books you've read about productivity, this one is worth reading - and applying.
  • (4/5)
    Good book. The given advice is pretty standard, but I will apply it to my everyday life.
  • (5/5)
    Valuable Book with a lot actionable instruction/advise to improvise your life.
  • (5/5)
    Great read & motivating to get to your tasks. Starting my days organized just after finishing this book
  • (5/5)
    Very inspirational and instructive on how to manage your time whilst being more efficient and productive. Time Management is personal management.
  • (5/5)
    Wonderful book, enjoying reading and feeling powerful and motivational already.
  • (5/5)
    A great book that is easy to digest and read. Highly recommend for anyone that wants to increase the velocity of work in their lives and to determine the priority of work.
  • (5/5)
    Great book, enjoyed it thoroughly. Short book on how to overcome procrastination.
  • (5/5)
    An amazing book with great tips. Should listen to for a great life.
  • (5/5)
    Good book and give short but practical tips on productivity.
  • (3/5)
    This is a good, solid, well-written book on time management. Whether you are seeking to improve the management of your own time or empathize with others as they attempt to become better stewards of their own time, this book will say it all - in only 21 short chapters!

    Its central premise, that time is best managed by taking the hardest project on first, is a reliable and well-tested one. From this premise (put into a metaphor by eating a frog first), the entire book flows.

    As with any 100-to-150-page book, what it captures in its brevity, it leaves out in its depth. It does not dwell on these subjects for an extended outlay of pages. If that is what you want - a series of short "devotionals" on time management - this book is for you. If you want to dive into a topic in depth, this book is not for you; perhaps you should pick up something by Peter Drucker.

    The third edition (which I read) contains two helpful chapters on the time management of email - of pertinence to our society today. I like Mr. Tracy's contributions to discussion on these topics and welcome his insights into my practice.
  • (1/5)
    Book with no quality at all. Waste of time