In his trademark high-energy style, acclaimed speaker and best-selling author Brian Tracy cuts to the core of what is vital to effective personal time management: decision, discipline, and determination. He reminds us: "The purpose of time-management skills, of eating that frog, and getting more done in less time, is to enable you to spend more 'face time' with the people you care about, doing the things that give you the greatest amount of joy in life."
©2006 Brian Tracy; (P)2006 The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.
I thought the main new idea, to me, in this book was the concept of doing the thing that could make the biggest difference FIRST THING. All the other advice about planning was too much for me. I don't want my entire life planned out in advance. However if you, like me, are a procrastinator, try picking the thing that will make the most difference toward your goals each day and do it. I tend to do a bunch of easy, probably less productive things before I tackle the one I've been dreading. I didn't need to listen to the whole book to get the concept.
Though the summary tells that the book is on "overcoming procrastination", it provides more than that. Centered to "procrastination", Brian Tracy summarizes all his productivity tips in 21 titles. It's my fifth audiobook of Tracy and this one also succeeded to bring me new ideas. I highly recommend it.
This is a very good addition to anyone's personal motivation library. The author/narrator's style is easy to listen to, and the advice is sound and practical. Anyone who wants to make changes in their life can do so if they simply listen and take to heart the advice given. BUT, you have to want to change. There are no magic pills -- you have to do the work. The author gives solid, real-life advice to get past some of the biggest hurdles procrastinators put in their own way. I loved it, and by implementing many of his suggestions, I have improved my productivity and increased my free time.
Here's two hours in a nutshell - prioritize your work on paper and do the hardest work with the most business value first... in other words, it your frog and it will change your life. Say it 16,846 different ways and you have Eat That Frog! In fairness, it really is a good message and there are some decent exercises to help you determine what work is the most valuable work (if you can endure the repetition).
I enjoyed listening to "Eat That Frog". In less than three hours the author takes you through 21 tips/methods to improve your prioritization and efficiency. Many of these you may have heard before, as some of the best authors in this industry such as Covey and Seligman are quoted extensively. However, what is good about "Eat That Frog" is that all tips/methods are presented in a very actionable way. No way to hide! An original concept that is presented in this book is "Creative Procrastination", which is probably the one thing that appealed most to me. If you are looking for backgrounds and context on prioritization and time management, then listen to Covey's work. If you want some "fast tricks", give "Eat That Frog" a go!
I just might be the worlds biggest procrastinator! But after listening to this book on my drives to work I find myself waking up in the morning thinking "what is the biggest frog I have to eat today?" (read the book ans you'll get it, frogs are tasks) It plants that seed in my mind all day and I find myself accomplishing my largest goals and therefore I'm less stressed and I get way more done! its such a simple concept and it works so well.
While I think that often Brian Tracy's advice targets people in the business field, it is no less relevant to anyone else. His advice is essentially, "how to be successful in life through not procrastinating." Then he gives you advice on how to stop procrastinating and how that will help you be successful in life. I think that this approach is superior than other books that simply tell you how to stop procrastinating, but don't emphasize how stopping procrastination will positively affect your life.
All in all, a great read.
If you have already read David Allen's Getting Things Done, then you will find very little new information. On top of that the content is not nearly as well organized as David Allen. However, if you are new to time management and need a kickstart, this may be a good starting point for you.
Allan L. Rosenzweig
This material has been repeated EXACTLY from previous programs by Brian Tracy for the last 25 years. There is NOTHING new here. You have to plan and set goals, Use the 80/20 rule, etc. It's getting ridiculous how this author keeps repackaging the same material and reselling it. If you have any of his other programs on business or personal development, save your money and pass this by.
This audio books has me torn between 5 star and 4 stars. This is the first time I have heard anything from Brian Tracy and it won't be the last- Very simple in nature and it combines a large number of helpful topic in an easy to remember format. I have listen to it have a dozen times and it still hasn't gotten old.
"Procrastination what Procrastination"
Having always been a procrastinator and having the pain of doing everything at the last moment. Which only disappointed myself but those important to me, I found the 21 ways that Brian Tracy describes very helpful and insightful into how my life is run. Knowing that although I drop the ball sometimes does not have to mean things cannot get done and my life improves. I recommend Brian's audio book highly.
"Tackling lifes big ugly frogs"
Being one of life’s terrible procrastinators I have read many books on curing my habit, but
None have been as good as this at getting to the root of everyday procrastination.
I just love this book, and the analogies of eating a frog, and many methods the author has used, to tackle, even the trickiest of lifes big ugly frogs. One of my best downloads from audible.
I've listened to this several times due to the inspiring anecdotes giving me a boost to do things myself. Also, the techniques in the audiobook amke sense and are easy to do. Well worth the money and your time.
"Concise and without fluff"
Great refresher on productivity and techniques you can use immediately. You could finish this in a commute.
"Jam packed with ideas for getting stuff done."
I had this book on my shelf for months and procrastinated about reading it, I wish I hadn't, it's packed with ideas, tips and techniques for getting those jobs done that you keep putting off. It's helped me a lot and I recommend it wholeheartedly.
"Brilliant and so helpful!"
All through the book it helps and lifts you. It breaks down problems and gives easy answers that are achievable. I listen to it regularly to keep me on the straight and narrow!
He is slightly annoying but you soon get over it as he is so helpful!!
No I did it on a to and from work and that works better.
I would def recomend this book.
"It works if you work it"
Listened to it once. Took action. Worked...what more can you ask for! An easy listen, especially as you can skip between chapters very easily.
"Spot on if you want to end procrastination!"
The best book I have read on ending procrastination.
The eat the biggest frog part and the ABCDE method give no space for procrastination.
The book is full and insights and wisdom in how to deal with our temptation to procrastinate.
I listened to it in one go.
Very practical and straight forward. I got more done after reading this book and applying the teachings than in a whole month trying my endless lists.
"How to Write a List"
Attracted by the title, I was hopeful to learn new tips in time management, planning my day and grasping opportunity. I listened, and I listened. Past road works, past traffic jams, past the M6 motorway at rush hour...I tuned in hoping for the golden chalice, the moment that would inspire me. I have to admit I gave in 10 minutes or so before the end.
In a nutshell I've learned :
1. You should write lists (yep, solid advice but hardly ground breaking?)
2. Prioritise the items on your list (erm, yes, got that bit too)
3. Do the biggest things first.
Perhaps my opinion on this book has been influenced by the fact I've listened in straight after finishing The Success Factors by Jack Canfield (get it!), and unfortunately with my mind buzzing with lots of new ideas, this one barely made the grade.
On the positive side it's nicely narrated and the voice and tone are pleasant to listen to, I just wish it had lived up to the promising title. On the Snog / Marry / Avoid list this book wouldn't get past the first date I'm afraid. There are far more comprehensive and inspiring books available, this has taught me not to be lured by an attractive cover.
"Some good advice - Bad delivery"
I think it would have been beneficial at points to have been able to flick through the book and make notes and pick out the best bits. The book doesn't really "follow on" and would be easy to dive in and out of selecting the useful parts for you
Brian Tracy has great ideas but he does tend to repeat a lot of his ideas in new ways in each of his offerings.
On one hand they do say repetition is the mother of skill but apart from a few useful time management techniques and concepts (which could have been easily thrown into another of his books in a chapter or two) there was a lot of repetition in this book both from one chapter to another and from other Brian Tracy books.
I have to say I found his performance to be lacking in charisma and passion. It all sounded very quiet, dry and monotonous. I found him very difficult to listen to, though I do remember other recordings of him being better.
It's definitely dated and sounds like the audio was recorded directly from and old tape. It has put me off trying his other stuff. But I have listened to a good handful of his books already.
Nothing stands out. Though the tips on outsourcing and tools for prioritising were useful and I have put them to use.
Some good information, just presented badly. I've given this book a 3 because the information is useful and I have used some of the ideas, I just wish he'd stripped it down to essentials and got someone else to read it!
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