Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy is about time management and personal productivity. If sometimes you find yourself cleaning your house, organizing files on your PC etc. instead of doing really important things that you should find this book really useful. Although many of these tiny activities seem to be productive they aren’t the best use of your time. So what you really should be doing is eating that Frog which means doing your most important task. Simultaneously, it is the task which has the greatest influence on your current situation.
Anyway, the book has 21 chapters and each of those chapters covers one specific tip on how to get more done, to stop procrastinating and use your time more wisely. The chapters are easily digestible, they all have actionable tips that you can apply to get better at your time management. The flip side of that is 21 things is pretty a lot and that might be a bit overwhelming. I have also found the chapters a little bit redundant and had the impression that the book might be compressed even more.
So there are a few general principles which you have to follow in order to get more done in less time. First, you have to assign your priorities by taking a few steps. For instance, make a list of things to do and consider the consequences of doing nothing with these tasks. Which of these unfinished tasks could be the worst to your role within your company. Then, use the Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule) – in this example it means to focus on 20% of your tasks as they deliver 80% of your results. When you have your most crucial task defined plan them in advance. A day without a plan can easily be a wasted day so make sure that you have time in your day to take care of your priorities.
The interesting thing was the argument that we should avoid multi-tasking. You should devote all your attention to one thing at a time and you would be amazed at how much more you could accomplish than if you were trying to do five things at once. Easier said than done, nevertheless, the examples provided by the author were worth reading and pretty convincing.
I have touched only a few of rules provided by Brian Tracy but if I had to choose around 10 out of 21 the most important tips on personal productivity it would be:
1. Plan every day in advance
2. Consider the consequences of doing nothing
3. Apply the Pareto principle
4. Focus on key results
5. Upgrade your key skills
6. Identify your key constraints
7. Get out of your comfort zone...(if you like to read my full review please visit my blog https://leadersarereaders.blog/eat-that-frog/)
Believe it or not, this book is number 3 in the Top List for eBooks on Amazon UK (category: Business and Finance). I am not sure if this is good news for the ebook industry, as the book is really bad: one or two concepts, repeated as many times as an average American reader can take (which is way above the European toleration threshold...).
I can summarize the whole (short) content in one sentence: decide what to do and then do it. That's it. It is a powerful message, not as irrelevant as it seems, but... does it require a full book to deliver it? I do not think so.
If you are having trouble getting things done, or organising yourself, then I highly recommend this short book!