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Eat That Frog! Audiobook

Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

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Publisher's Summary

There's an old saying: if you eat a live frog first thing each morning, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that it's probably the worst thing you'll do all day. Using "eat that frog" as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also the one that might have the greatest positive impact on your life, Eat That Frog! shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day. You'll not only get more done faster, but get the right things done.

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.

What the Critics Say

"Besides displaying [Tracy's] inimitable tone and impeccable pacing, the audio is another showcase for his palpable optimism about individual possibilities. The sound of Tracy's voice doesn't just bring his ideas - it makes you want to put them into action." (AudioFile)

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    Allan L. Rosenzweig Nashville, Tn 04-01-08
    Allan L. Rosenzweig Nashville, Tn 04-01-08 Listener Since 2008

    Allan L. Rosenzweig

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    "Repeated Old Material"

    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.

    47 of 51 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia 11-07-14
    Cynthia 11-07-14
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    "In whose world?"
    Would you try another book from Brian Tracy and/or Brian Tracy?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Brian Tracy’s story?

    The author does not deal with real world situations. He presumes that working people can completely control their environment. To many "you MUST' statements.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Too much self agrandizement


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment - was expecting something that was applicable in a practical sense.


    Any additional comments?

    Rather seems like it would work for Mad Men.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Deen Upper Peninsula, MI 06-23-14
    Mary Deen Upper Peninsula, MI 06-23-14 Member Since 2007

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    "Same thing over and over"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It was like listening to the same song over and over. The same small message: tackle your ickiest job first thing and get it out of the way. There, i've saved you from listening to the same thing said over and over, wasting 2 hours and 39 minutes of your life. You are welcome.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Brice Irving, TX, USA 04-10-08
    Brice Irving, TX, USA 04-10-08
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    "Good message. Very repetative"

    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).

    71 of 78 people found this review helpful
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    Bilgin Esme IstanbulTurkey 02-13-07
    Bilgin Esme IstanbulTurkey 02-13-07
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    "Not only procrastination"

    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.

    148 of 164 people found this review helpful
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    H. Yermish 05-06-07
    H. Yermish 05-06-07 Member Since 2012

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    "Same old, same old"

    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.

    69 of 76 people found this review helpful
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    Alida 11-01-15
    Alida 11-01-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Probably one of my least favorites."
    What would have made Eat That Frog! better?

    Probably new information would have helped.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything entertaining


    Would you be willing to try another one of Brian Tracy’s performances?

    Probably not


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Eat That Frog!?

    The whole premise


    Any additional comments?

    Just not on my list of favorites.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tmatt 10-21-15
    Tmatt 10-21-15
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    "Things I already knew"

    Struggled to finish. Most of the information in the book were things that I already knew, just hadn't bothered to implement on a more consistent basis.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Paul D. Mackinaw SF, CA 07-17-15
    Paul D. Mackinaw SF, CA 07-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Unrealistically simplistic."

    Might help individual contributors, but definitely remedial for type A people or people who work on teams.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    super_Dad Grand Rapids, MN, United States 06-08-15
    super_Dad Grand Rapids, MN, United States 06-08-15
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    "Very Basic"

    I like the exercises he gives, sometimes. Not all the time are they be fresh thoughts. I've met Brian, I appreciate his much earlier works. What's a bummer is there is a lot of repetition. I don't have a lot of time do reporting isn't Very helpful to me.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • Caroline
    3/21/15
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    "Work focused time management advice"

    Useful tips but one size fits all approach somewhat grating - very business world orientated. I will however eat more frogs.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Geordie Girl
    Stockport UK
    9/17/14
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    "How to Write a List"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Adam Evans
    Birmingham, UK
    6/30/14
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    "Some good advice - Bad delivery"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Eat That Frog! to be better than the print version?

    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


    If you’ve listened to books by Brian Tracy before, how does this one compare?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Brian Tracy’s performances?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nothing stands out. Though the tips on outsourcing and tools for prioritising were useful and I have put them to use.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • H. Firth
    northwest
    12/23/12
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    "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.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • John
    United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    glasgow, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "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.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • sarah fisk
    6/3/14
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    "Brilliant and so helpful!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


    What about Brian Tracy’s performance did you like?

    He is slightly annoying but you soon get over it as he is so helpful!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No I did it on a to and from work and that works better.


    Any additional comments?

    I would def recomend this book.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Gary
    EDINBURGH, United Kingdom
    2/3/13
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    "Get Inspired"

    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.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Sam
    3/9/16
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    "Succinct, insightful and neatly summarised. Time well spent!"

    An insightful and succinct collection of time management tools. I was dubious about spending time reading this when I'm already so busy but it was a good investment of time and extremely motivational. Am now off to identify and eat my biggest frog!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Desmond
    United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Concise and without fluff"

    Great refresher on productivity and techniques you can use immediately. You could finish this in a commute.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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