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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy
Published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers on March 16th 2001
Source: the library
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21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
I don’t usually read “self help” books, but this one was recommended to me, it’s such a short book, and lately procrastination has been a witch.
Overall, it’s not bad. It’s a short book – just over 100 pages – and could have been a 50 page book – the first chapter tells you what the book is about, the last chapter tells you what you just read, and several chapters in the middle repeat themselves, rather a lot. There is also not much text on any given page, so there’s really not a lot to this – but I got the book from the library, so to me, it was definitely worth the price I paid – free.
To me, there were some helpful hints in here – I’ve heard of a “master list” before, but always thought of it as just a to do list – not as a “this is the stuff you do all the time, and probably don’t even realize it” – which is true, but that’s also the type of stuff that *I* procrastinate about. I know I should back up my phone every month – but haven’t done it in a year. Once I wrote it on my master list, it got added to my monthly list (sounds repetitious, I know), which then got added to my weekly list – but guess what, it got done. Same with cleaning the damn coffee pot, another chore I know I should do monthly but haven’t done in months. Once you write up that master list – a job which I did over the course of about six weeks, because I keep adding things to it (I started off only adding household chores, which I then realized was stupid, and started adding regular blogging jobs, social media items (I do social media for my church, besides my business & blog), etc. I’m sure I’ll add to the master list as things come up).
There was another concept that I think I’ll find useful – though I think I’ll simplify it a bit (he talks about writing your to do list, and adding a “d” for delegate for jobs you can delegate. There’s no point in me adding a D because there’s no one else to do it. It’s already on my list for a reason).
I think if you are a paper planner girl – like me – especially a bullet journaler who’s already used to the concept of lists – you’ll get some useful info from the book, but if you are an average joe who’s not used to writing things on paper, you’ll just get upset at the triteness of the book.