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

Brian Tracy
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Jan. 1 2007
The legendary Eat That Frog! (more than 450,000 copies sold and translated into 23 languages) provides the 21 most effective methods for conquering procrastination and accomplishing more. This new edition is revised and updated throughout, and includes brand new information on how to keep technology from dominating our time.

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Brian Tracy (California) is a world-renowned speaker, an expert on time management and the author of many books, including The Power of Charm.

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The legendary productivity expert shows how getting things done leads to mental rewards that can take us to great heights in our lives. Tracy's ability to collect the best productivity ideas is only part of his genius. Besides displaying his 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. Anchored in the idea that doing the hard task first (frog eating) makes the rest of the day more productive, the program is a tidy overview of Tracy's best thinking on time management and life organization. T.W. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of money; a waste of time Nov. 21 2003
By A Customer
I don't write a lot of reviews, and I depend on Amazon reviews to help me have honest, non-biased opinion to help me spend my money. In that spirit, let me say that "Eat That Frog" is a complete waste of money. There are a number of good books on procrastination out there, but this book is not one of them.
What ideas this book may contain can all be gleaned from the reviews already written here on Amazon. There's actually more substance in some of them than in the entire book itself. I found myself shaking my head and angrily turning every page, frustrated that Tracy could get away with publishing a book so completely devoid of content. Fortunately this book is short; it deserves to be a pamphlet. A very short pamphlet.
That's not completely fair. The book has content, but it's either embarrassingly common sense, or startlingly unoriginal. Add in the fact that Tracy writes like, well, a second-tier motivational speaker and there you've got it. For example, here's a sentence from chapter 9, "Refuse to allow a weakness or lack of ability in any area to hold you back." Does that motivate you? Does it help you in any way? Me neither. Fill 113 pages with large type and a lot of white space with this empty, thoughtless, and above all condescending blather and you, too, can write a motivational book.
Oh, and don't forget to fill ten pages with blatant self-promotion ("Double your income, Double your time off!") just to beef up the page count and make the book a little thicker.
Perhaps you really are a desperate procrastinator (like myself) who's looking for someone to help him out of his overwhelmingly negative habits. You want to find a book to help?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great advice March 6 2014
By Cheryl
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If you want to learn how to make your life more productive this is a great book. If you procrastinate and can't find the time to get everything done this book will show you the steps to take to get over your procratination and on your way to a new way to live!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! Jan. 24 2003
I have been a chronic procrastinator my entire life. After being hindered by this problem in college, I have made it a primary focus to overcome it as I enter the world of self-employment.
I saw three excellent things about this book:
1) A great system to help you overcome procrastination
When my girlfriend saw me reading this book, she said, "It's pointless to read a book about how not to procrastinate -- either you do it or you don't! What, is he going to give you strategies?"
Actually, that's exactly what Tracy does. I've done pretty much all of the things he suggested at one time or another -- make a list, write out your goals, plan out your day, etc. -- but he explains how to combine all these things together.
2) Clear, concise writing
I am so fed up with authors who blather on and on. This book gets it done in 113 pages of large type -- short and sweet. I especially like the way Tracy gets big ideas into short sentences -- I recall them in my head when I'm tempted to slip back to my old ways.
3) Positive attitude
Let me tell you, a life of procrastination can make a person feel pretty down -- about missed opportunities, failed obligations, etc. But Eat That Frog is positive without ever being condescending. Reading it actually got me excited about changing the way I do things.
Now, as any procrastinator knows, you can't just change in a day. I'm still not a model frog-eater myself. But I've seen definite improvement in my work habits since reading this book. My girlfriend has even relented and picked it up!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with a lot of Tracy-isms July 13 2004
Please don't judge this book by it's size. Keep in mind that some of the all time best books were small; As A Man Thinketh, The Richest Man in Bablyon, Acres of Diamonds and more. If you are looking or were expecting one of Brian Tracy's huge 300 page books, you'll be dissappointed. But if you are looking for some nuggets of powerful information, you'll be very satisfied.
Brian is excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Time Management with a Really Ugly Metaphor Nov. 20 2001
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Is life more fun when your are excited and motivated? Can you get more done then?
What idea do you think Mr. Tracy uses to get you in that mood? You can probably guess from the title. He wants you to think about your biggest and most important challenge (that you are most likely to put off) as a big, ugly, live frog that you are going to eat first thing every morning. Now, that should really turn you on! No? Well, I guess you're not bloodthirsty enough to make a big success then.
All kidding aside, except for the poor choice of metaphor this is a pretty good book. It combines in 21 rules the key points from many people who have written well about time management including Peter Drucker, Alex Mackenzie, Alan Lakein, and Stephen Covey. So you can save a lot of time by reading this book instead of many others.
I would like to compliment Mr. Tracy for giving full credit to most of those whose ideas he uses, which he did not always do in the books he wrote in the past.
The sections are short in this book, and many pages are blank. Most people could read this book without rushing in less than two hours.
You are encouraged to use all 21 rules, and there's an exercise at the end of each rule to help you get experience. He feels that following these rules for 21 days will be enough to form a new set of habits. Many behavioral researchers would argue that it takes longer.
Mr. Tracy has applied all 21 of these rules in his own life, and testifies to their effectiveness. His key message is to spend your working time on what will do you the most good and skip doing the rest, and he gives you several ideas to identify what those areas are and how to make psychological and skill progress in them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eat That Frog!
There's just never enough time in a day. We try to manage our time better. We make lists. We work longer hours. Still, the work just never seems to get done. Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2009 by Tami Brady
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Not Rocket Science
I couldn't think of a more apt title for this book. We all know that procrastination is what holds us back from being successful. Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2008 by Glenn Simon Inc
4.0 out of 5 stars Do the worst thing first thing
I study time, efficiency and effectiveness so you would think I do not have a problem with procrastination but sometimes I do. So, of course, I bought a book. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2008 by J. Estill
4.0 out of 5 stars Eat That Frog
Do the worst thing first thing, December 29, 2006

I study time, efficiency and effectiveness so you would think I do not have a problem with procrastination but... Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2007 by J. Estill
5.0 out of 5 stars Size doesn't matter.
Eat that frog is only 125 pages and 12 chapters, but it is jam packed with powerful information that will help you overcome procrastination and reach your goals. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars 21 rules to overcome procrastination
I really can understand the 1 star reviews. Brian Tracy is such a talented author and trainer that it seems like a waste to read a book by him, especially after you have those 300+... Read more
Published on July 11 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Not deep, but useful, focused and on target, You need it!
This book isn't a new take on time management or efficiency. Instead, Brian Tracy, a man who's own success speaks pretty loudly, takes some of the best wisdom out there on the... Read more
Published on July 2 2004 by Dave Nat
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Brian�s best
Everything Brian has to say on taking action is included inside this small book. Mine is heavily underlined, and I regularly take a speed course in effectives by skimming through... Read more
Published on June 1 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A breakthrough book
I must have read fifty time-management books, but this is the one that did it for me -- my productivity has increased tenfold after reading this book. Read more
Published on May 11 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars KERMIT THE FROG?
Yes. The Muppet's Kermit the Frog sang one song titled "It's not easy being green". After reading Brian Tracy's book, you'll be singing "It's not easy to continue... Read more
Published on March 20 2004 by Carlos E. Sicilia H.
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