A Review: Eat That Frog Part 1


I don't write real reviews because I don't want to.  You get what you get.  However, there are so many good points in this book that I want to keep for myself that I might as well write a blog post about it so we can both share in the wisdom, woot woot!  

This is going to be long enough to break up into multiple posts.  At the end I will add them altogether so there is one spot for all the info.

There will be points in the book that I will list out as well as at the end of each chapter Tracy has a summary called Eat That Frog.  Here we go.  

Chapter 1 : Set the Table : Eat That Frog!

"1.  Take a clean sheet of paper right now and make a list of ten goals you want to accomplish in the next year.  Write your goals as though a year has already passed and they are now a reality.  

Use the present tense, positive voice, and first person singular so that they are immediately accepted by your subconscious mind.  For example, you could write, "I earn x number of dollars per year by this date" or "I weight x number of pounds by this date" or "I drive such and such a car by this date."

2. Review your list of ten goals and select the one goal that, if you achieved it, would have the greatest positive impact on your life.  Whatever that goal is, write it on a separate sheet of paper, set a deadline, make a plan, take action on your plan, and then do something every single day that moves you toward that goal.  This exercise alone could change your life!" pg 11.  

Chapter 2 : Plan Every Day in Advance

"Make your list the night before for the workday ahead.  Move everything that you have not yet accomplished onto your list for the coming day, and then add everything you have to do the next day.  When you make your list the night before, your subconscious mind will work on your list all night long while you sleep.  Often you will wake up with great ideas and insights that you can use to get your job done faster and better than you had initially thought." pg 13-14

Tracy recommends maintaining 4 lists, they are: "First, you should create a master list on which you write down everything you can think of that you want to do sometime in the future." pg 14

"Second, you should have a monthly list that you make at the end of the month for the month ahead.  This may contain items transferred from your master list." pg 14

"Third, you should have a weekly list where you plan your entire week in advance.  This is a list that is under construction as you go through the current week." pg 14

"Finally, you should transfer items from your monthly and weekly lists onto your daily list.  These are the specific activities that you are going to accomplish the following day." pg 15

Chapter 2 : Plan Every Day in Advance : Eat That Frog!

"1.  Begin today to plan every day, week, and month in advance.  Take a notepad or sheet of paper (or use your smartphone) and make a list of everything you have to do in the next twenty-fours.  Add to your list as new items come up.  Make a list of all your projects, the big multitask jobs that are important to your future. 

2.  Lay out all of your major goals, projects, and tasks by priority, what is most important, and by sequence, what has to be done first, what comes second, and so forth.  Start with the end in mind and work backward.

Think on paper!  Always work from a list.  You'll be amazed at how much more productive you become and how easier it is to eat your frog." pg 17

Chapter 3 : Apply the 80/20 Rule to Everything : Eat That Frog!

"1.  Make a list of all the key goals, activities, projects, and responsibilities in your life today.  Which of them are, or could be, in the top 10 or 20 percent of tasks that represent, or could represent, 80 or 90 percent of your results?

2.  Resolve today that you are going to spend more and more of your time working in those few areas that can really make a difference in your life and career and spend less and less time on lower-value activities." pg 21

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