Book Review: Eat That Frog

As I was reviewing my goals last year, I realized that I did not accomplish a few of the bigger goals that I had set for myself. In evaluating why, I came to the conclusion that I did a horrible job prioritizing my time and to-do lists. I focused on what felt good and could be accomplished quickly so I could always be living on an adrenaline rush! The result was me feeling really good all the time, but not producing the big things I wanted to produce.

My conclusion: I have to change. I need to learn how to become more productive and effective at using my time in order to achieve my goals.

So I am spending a lot of time reading about productivity. Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy is one of the best books I’ve read on the subject.

My Big Takeaways: Write out your goals weekly, keep them in front of you, make sure you write 1-3 tasks down for each day that will help you move toward accomplishing your goal, plan your day ahead of time, figure out what the most important task is by asking, “Which of these tasks will help me more than any other task when it comes to reaching my goal?” Do that task first! Knock the tasks you don’t want to do, but are critical to your success, out first.

That’s just a small look into what I got out of  this book. I’ll be using this and a few other books as references to go back to often until I perfect my productivity!

If you’re looking to become more productive, get this book now!

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Some Highlights:

  • The ability to concentrate singlemindedly on your most important task, to do it well and to finish it completely, is the key to great success, achievement, respect, status, and happiness in life.
  • Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.
  • Your “frog” is your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it. It is also the one task that can have the greatest positive impact on your life and results at the moment.
  • The number one reason why some people get more work done faster is because they are absolutely clear about their goals and objectives, and they don’t deviate from them.
  • One of the very worst uses of time is to do something very well that need not be done at all.
  • Step seven: Resolve to do something every single day that moves you toward your major goal.
  • Take a clean sheet of paper right now and make a list of ten goals you want to accomplish in the next year. Write your goals as though a year has already passed and they are now a reality.
  • The better the plan you have, the easier it is for you to overcome procrastination, to get started, to eat your frog, and then to keep going.
  • We always have time enough, if we will but use it aright. JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
  • Long-time perspective turns out to be more important than family background, education, race, intelligence, connections, or virtually any other single factor in determining your success in life and at work
  • Successful people have a clear future orientation. They think five, ten, and twenty years out into the future. They analyze their choices and behaviors in the present to make sure that what they are doing today is consistent with the long-term future that they desire.



2 Responses

  1. Great insight! I am very guilty of the adrenaline rush activities. Crossing off something on my to do list makes me feel very accomplished! I often feel paralyzed if I’ve been working on a big task all day, but can’t see progress and can’t cross it off- I hate things lingering on my to-do list! I’ve found that I’m actually happiest/most productive, if I prioritize a few quick activities in the morning (cleaning/exercising/etc) and then get rolling on my big task. I get the sense of productivity that propels me to tackle the big task without wasting too much time. 

    1. I know exactly how you feel Natalie! This is one area I am determined to grow in this year! Keep me up to date with any tips you are learning as you grow in this area too!

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