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Eat That Frog (by Brian Tracy)

Do you want to increase your productivity, achieve your goals, and stop procrastinating? If so, you may be interested in the practical tips offered in this book.

First of all, you must realise that it is impossible to complete every task you have to do, as the amount of time is limited, so the key to better managing your time is to prioritize tasks and focus on the most important ones first.

This book encourages you to practice “creative procrastination” meaning that by prioritizing the tasks that are most important, you are leaving (i.e. procrastinating) less critical ones for later (or maybe for never!).

The title refers to the idea of tackling the most challenging task (i.e. the frog) on your to-do list first thing in the morning, as this can make everything else seem easier in comparison.

I’ve always been a fan of effectively managing time. I started reading this book five years ago when I was running my own business. At that time, I was finding this read so extremely helpful that I was recommending it to everybody. Back then, I enjoyed reading self-help business books. However, recently, when I went back to finish reading it, as my circumstances and interests have in the meantime changed, while I found it still useful, at the same time I wasn’t as engaged as I was a few years ago. Sometimes, it even made me yawn.

Nonetheless, I can see that the strategies outlined in this book have had a lasting impact on me as I still apply some of them today.

In Conclusion

Overall, it’s a good and easy-to-read book. Be aware, if you want to get more done, it is not enough to just read it, you must put its advice into action and only then you’ll see your results.

Title: Eat That Frog! Get More Of The Important Things Done Today
Author: Brian Tracy
Year first published: 2001

From Goodreads:

Procrastinators, be advised: Success is not a magical combination of genetics and fashion sense. Rather, it is a series of time management behaviors which must be practiced on a regular basis. Luckily, EAT THAT FROG! will show you how to deal with those challenging tasks you keep putting off in an accessible comic book format. Instead of slowing you down, completing these hard jobs only empowers you to tackle the rest of your day.