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

Updated: Apr 16, 2023

The book "Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time" by Brian Tracy, a best-selling author and productivity expert is based on the famous quote by Mark Twain: "If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first." The frog metaphor represents your most important and challenging task of the day, the one that you are most likely to procrastinate on. By eating your frog first thing in the morning, you will boost your productivity, motivation and confidence for the rest of the day.

The book consists of 21 practical tips on how to stop procrastinating and get more done in less time. Here are some of the key takeaways:

- Set clear and specific goals for yourself and write them down. Review them daily and prioritize them according to their importance and urgency.

- Plan your day in advance and make a list of all the tasks you need to accomplish. Work from your list and focus on one task at a time.

- Apply the 80/20 rule to everything you do. This means that 20% of your activities will account for 80% of your results. Identify and focus on those 20% activities that are most valuable and impactful for your goals.

- Consider the consequences of your actions and decisions. Think long-term and align your daily tasks with your long-term vision and values.

- Practice creative procrastination. This means deliberately postponing or delegating low-value tasks that are not essential for your goals. This will free up more time and energy for your high-value tasks.

- Use the ABCDE method to prioritize your tasks. Assign each task a letter from A to E, where A is the most important and E is the least important. Then assign each task a number from 1 to 10, where 1 is the most urgent and 10 is the least urgent. Start with A1, then A2, then B1, and so on until you finish your list.

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- Focus on key result areas. These are the areas of your work or life that determine your success or failure. Identify your key result areas and measure your performance in each area. Improve your skills and abilities in those areas that are most critical for your success.

- Prepare thoroughly before you begin. Gather all the information, tools and resources you need before you start working on a task. This will save you time and prevent interruptions and distractions later on.

- Take it one oil barrel at a time. This means breaking down large and complex tasks into smaller and simpler subtasks. Then tackle each subtask one at a time until you complete the whole task.

- Leverage your personal strengths. Identify your unique talents, skills and abilities that give you an advantage over others. Focus on those tasks that utilize your strengths and delegate or outsource those tasks that don't.

- Identify your key constraints. These are the factors that limit your ability to achieve your goals. They could be internal or external, such as lack of knowledge, skills, money, time, resources, etc. Find out what they are and work on eliminating or overcoming them.

- Put the pressure on yourself. Set deadlines for yourself and stick to them. Challenge yourself to work faster and better than before. Reward yourself for completing your tasks on time or ahead of schedule.

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- Maximize your personal power. This means managing your physical, mental and emotional energy levels throughout the day. Eat healthy, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, meditate, relax, etc. Do whatever works for you to keep yourself energized, focused and positive.

- Motivate yourself into action. Use positive affirmations, visualization, self-talk, etc. to boost your self-confidence and self-esteem. Remind yourself of your goals and why they are important to you. Celebrate your achievements and learn from your failures.

- Practice creative visualization. Imagine yourself as if you have already achieved your goals. See yourself as successful, happy, confident, etc. Feel the emotions associated with your desired outcome. This will program your subconscious mind to attract more opportunities and resources to make it happen.

- Do something every day that moves you toward your major goal. Make a habit of taking action every day toward achieving your most important goal. Even if it's a small step, it will create momentum and keep you motivated.

- Do the most difficult task first. This is the essence of eating that frog. Choose the task that is most important for your goal and also most challenging for you. Do it first thing in the morning when you have the most energy and willpower. Once you

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