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

The Founder of Inspire Leadership & focuses on unlocking people’s potential by providing them with programs; mentorship and coaching into high performance

By Brian Tracy

This book is life-changing. What makes it great is that it's short and sweet while giving you practical tips at the same time on overcoming procrastination that can be implemented right away. This is a must-read for anyone struggling with procrastination... Just don't procrastinate reading the book! Eat That Frog! A book that shows you how to organize each day so you can zero in on those critical tasks and accomplish them efficiently and effectively. The core of what is vital to effective time management is the decision, discipline, and determination. Your “frog” is your biggest and most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t take into consideration

The key to reaching high levels of performance and productivity is to develop the lifelong habit of tackling your major task first thing each morning. You must develop the habit of “eating your frog” before doing anything else and without thinking about it too much.

Key messages from this book include:

  1. Before your day begins, have an idea of the tasks you want to accomplish. Write them down or visualize them.
  2. Prioritize them with A, B, C labeling. Ask yourself, which task do I dread the most or has the highest impact (which task is the ugliest frog, I need to eat it first thing in the morning so the rest of the day can be pleasant). Give A to that task to complete first.
  3. Start your day with Task A and then move on to B, C. Remember if you finish A, the energy, happiness, and satisfaction you get out of it would make your other tasks so simple and easy to complete. Plus, you will have a great day and you will become a high achiever.
  4. Brian explains very well the rule 80/20, that is, only 20% of daily tasks have equal or more important than the other 80 percent. That's why it is very important to make a priority list every day. You can't do everything on your TO-DO list neither will you ever be able to do it. But, what a person can do is finish the most important tasks on the TO-DO list. 
  5. The other very important thing is to focus on one goal at a time. This is one of the strongest weapons.
  6. Set goals-life goals, monthly goals, weekly goals, and daily goals. That way, you can re-evaluate the tasks you do each day based on their importance-are those tasks bringing you closer to your monthly or weekly goals?

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