Book review: Eat that Frog! by Brian Tracy

How I came across it?

Sometimes we get lucky when we come across a very simple book having few pages and easy word usage. We may finish such book sooner but its effect may stay with us for a long time.

“You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read.”      – Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

I am lucky to get good people and good books both. I got good people who keeps on sharing good books. Recently one of my Toastmaster friend Dr. Vikas shared a book titled “Eat that Frog!” by Brian Tracey. This book is a light read but with a strong lessons. As the name suggests, it talks about how to stop procrastination and get more done in less time. It simply suggest to do the toughest task first because this task is generally the one with the highest value provider.

What it is all about?

Book quadrants – planning, preparation, execution, replication

The book is divided into 21 chapters focused on various life hacks which can be followed on daily basis to lead a productive work and personal life. These chapters broadly discussed about following quadrants-

  1. Planning-

The book suggest that we should have a written long-term goals with breakup of multiple short term goals which should be made after a deep thinking. It links Pareto principle of 80/20 to suggest that often 20% of our total task gives 80% of the result. Hence, we must focus on these 20% of tasks. These tasks are generally the toughest and repulsive but needs to done first. Such tasks are given the tag of Frogs in the Book titled “Eat that Frog!”. we need to eat such dirty frogs first.

  1. Preparation-

This section suggests how tasks can be divided and prioritize. It urge for using ABCDE principle which means tagging all the tasks in either of the categories and then take appropriate action–

  • A for urgent tasks
  • B for tasks which should be done but not must to do
  • C for tasks with no consequences
  • D for tasks which can be delegated
  • E for tasks which must be eliminated
  1. Execution-

It deal with action-oriented part such as listing three tasks that are most value contributor. It also suggests to break down all tasks into minor tasks.

  1. Replication-

In order to maintain the new routine, we need to make some changes in the way we had executed our task in the past. It urge for replication until it becomes a habit. We need to identify what we love doing or what we are good at and then concentrate on improving it through continuous learning. We need to act.

What I liked?

I liked the way book is flowing from one idea to other and still maintaining a flow. It is written in a simple language and chapters are short and comprehensive. It is a quick yet effective read. It is recommended for beginners who have just started reading books but the lesson shared can be proved effective to all.

I would suggest to take a quick read of this book.

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5 Comments

  1. You really explain so well that I feel like buying the book.. I wish I could follow that ABCDE principle.. Keep writing and keep inspiring..

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