Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy — Summary

by mikea44646 on November 8, 2010

Brian Tracy is a personal development writer consultant and speaker. “Eat That Frog” is his idea or system to organize and prioritize. I found it interesting and while the concepts were familiar from other time management and organization focused books I have read or listened to, I enjoyed this and found it fairly fast paced. (Audible download

From the text:…

“Now, we’ve covered a lot of material in these 21 chapters so let’s put it all together in a summary.

The key to happiness, satisfaction, great success and a wonderful feeling of personal power and effectiveness is for you to develop the habit of “eating your frog” first thing every day when you start work. Fortunately, this is a learnable skill that you can acquire through repetition. And when you can develop the habit of starting on your most important task before anything else, your success is assured. Here’s a summary of 21 great ways to stop procrastinating and get more things done, faster. Review these rules regularly until they become ingrained in your thinking and actions and your future will be guaranteed.

1. Set the table. Decide exactly what you want. Clarity is essential. Write out your goals and objectives before you begin.
2. Plan every day in advance. Think on paper. Every minute you spend in planning can save you 5 or 10 minutes in execution.
3. Apply the 80/20 rule to everything. Remember, 20 per cent of your activities will account for 80 per cent of your results. Always concentrate your efforts on that top 20 per cent.
4. Consider the consequences. Your most important tasks and priorities are the ones that can have the most serious consequences—positive or negative—on your life or work. Focus on these above all.
5. Practice the A B C D E method continually. Before you begin work on a list of tasks, take a few moments to organize them by value and priority so that you can be sure of working on your most important activities.
6. Focus on key result areas. Identify and determine those results that you absolutely positively have to get to do your job well and then work on them all day long.
7. Practice the law of forced efficiency that says there’s never enough time to do everything but there’s always enough time to do the most important things. What are they?
8. Prepare thoroughly before you begin. Remember, proper prior preparation prevents poor performance.
9. Upgrade your skills. The more knowledgeable and skilled you become at you key tasks, the faster you start them and the sooner you get them done.
10. Leverage your special talents. Determine what it is you are very good at doing or could be good at and throw your whole heart into doing those specific things very well.
11. Identify your key constraints. Determine the bottlenecks or choke points internally or externally and set the speed at which you achieve your most important goals and focus on alleviating them.
12. Take it one oil barrel at a time. You can accomplish the biggest and most complicated job if you just complete it one step at a time.
13. Put the pressure on yourself. Imagine that you have to leave town for a month and work as if you had to get all your major tasks completed before you left.
14. Maximize your personal powers. Identify your highest periods of mental and physical energy each day and structure your most important and demanding tasks around these times. Get lots of rest so that you can perform at your best.
15. Motivate yourself into action. Be your own cheerleader. Look for the good in every situation. Focus on the solution rather than the problem. Always be optimistic and constructive.
16. Practice creative procrastination. Since you can’t do everything, you must learn to deliberately put of those tasks that are of low value so that you have the time to do the few tasks that really count.
17. Do the most difficult task first. Begin each day with your most difficult task. One task that can make the greatest contribution to yourself and your work and resolve to stay at it until it’s complete.
18. Slice and dice the task. Break large complex tasks down to bite sized pieces and then do just one small part of the task to get started.
19. Create large chunks of time. Organize your days around large blocks of time where you can concentrate for extended periods on your most important tasks.
20. Develop a sense of urgency. Make a habit of moving fast on your key tasks, becoming known as a person who does things quickly and well.
21. Single handle every task. Set clear priorities. Start immediately on your most important task and then work without stopping until the job is 100 per cent complete. This is the real key to high performance and maximum productivity.”

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wycinanie wod? July 9, 2013 at 12:46 am

Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my
comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing
all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say fantastic blog!


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