“Eat That Frog” is a best-selling book from Brian Tracy. The book promises 21 principles for improving personal productivity to get more of the important things done and to overcome procrastination.
There is always not enough time for the things that you want to get done in your everyday life. There will always be more work to do, tasks to complete, magazines and books to read, and projects to rush that we simply have not enough time for everything. And this is what this book is all about – learning the principle of time management, managing yourself and your tasks, and gets the most important work done so that you will produce a better result in life.
Eating The Biggest And Ugliest Frog First
One of the most important principles of productivity according to Brian Tracy in this book is that Brian suggests eating the biggest and ugliest frog first. When you have plenty of tasks need to complete, find out the biggest and most important task, and then get that task done first.
This principle can also be known as the first thing first principle. You get the most important task done the first thing when you start your day. You want to make sure that you do the most result-yielding work so that you will produce the best result for the day.
Plus, when you get the biggest and most important work done, you will feel lighter and the rest of the tasks will be easier to accomplish. This is why you need to prioritize your work and do what is important first. Rather than eating the smaller frogs, you eat the biggest first.
Clarity Is Power
The majority of people lost themselves in the business of their daily lives. They forgot about what is important and what they want to accomplish in life. As a result, there is no way they can be productive. Being productive means being clear about your priorities. If you want to be productive, you must understand what work is the most important and what needs to get done now.
Most people live their lives without knowing what they want. This is why they are running in circles, and wondering why they can’t get ahead and become successful. This book says that when your goals are clear and specific, you will be able to formulate strategies and create plans to reach them.
Dinner Before Dessert
Brian Tracy also mentioned the principle of having dinner before the dessert. He said that most people are getting it wrong by eating their dessert before dinner. And once they finished their dessert, they are full and are unable to eat their dinner anymore.
The same goes in how you tackle your tasks at work. You must eat the dinner first before you can have your dessert. If you use your energy to work on menial tasks, you will have no energy left to tackle the bigger and more important tasks. Therefore, stop wasting time on smaller and less important tasks, instead, work on the big ones first.