Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy
“Eat That Frog” is an international bestseller.
Even before I began reading and reviewing books, back when I owned the grand total of 2 paperbacks, I’d heard of “Eat That Frog” – THAT’S how famous this book is.
What’s the concept?
There’s an old saying that if you get up in the morning and eat a live frog, you can rest easy, knowing that’s probably the worst thing you’ll have to do all day.
In this concept, the frog is symbolic of your biggest and most important task. By ‘eating’ it first every day, you’ll always get your key tasks completed, which will ultimately make you more successful.
So, every day you need to find your biggest and ugliest frog and eat it before doing anything else.
What did I think?
I think this is a brilliant book for the following reasons:
1. Short chapters
The short and snappy chapters make the book really easy to dip in and out of, and it’s perfect for people who don’t like to read too much; you can read one chapter every day in a matter of minutes.
2. Creating lists and planning your day
The author provides you with practical advice on how to create effective lists.
Although ‘creating lists’ sounds like a simple task (and yes, I suppose it is) Tracy shows you how structuring your lists correctly ensures that your most important tasks get done first.
3. 80/20 principle
The 80/20 principle states that 80% of your results will come from 20% of your work. Tracy uses this principle to help you identify which 20% (your biggest frogs) you should be focusing on.
4. Quality not quantity
Throughout the book, Tracy is not trying to get you to work every hour God sends.
Instead, there’s an emphasis on getting the most important stuff done more efficiently, leaving you with more time to spend with your friends and family doing the things that you actually want to be doing.
5. Using technology to create an advantage
I agree with this point whole-heartedly. I, personally, don’t advocate switching off technology and avoiding social media altogether and it’s great to read that Tracy thinks the same.
Social media and other technological outlets are a double-edged sword. On one side they can be used to help you procrastinate offering little if not zero value. On the other side, YouTube can be used to teach you how to build a website, Facebook can be used to give you informational nuggets from the biggest business icons, and Instagram can be used to help you find a great 10/10 read.
So, Tracy encourages you to use technology, but to do so to your advantage (and not to your detriment).
6. Stop procrastinating!
For all those looking for a book to help them stop procrastinating, this is that book!
“Eat That Frog” is packed with some great information to help keep you on task. My personal favorite being that you should “resist the temptation to clear up the small things first.” (explained more in the above video)
My favorite quotes …
Here are my two favorite quotes from this book:
“You will never be caught up. Get that wishful idea out of your mind. All you can hope for is to be on top of your responsibilities. The others will have to wait.”
“Everyone procrastinates. The difference between high performers and low performers is largely determined by what they choose to procrastinate on.”
What did you think?
This review is my personal opinion of “Eat That Frog.”
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