Eat that frog summary: Hey, I’m Harish from Fullonstudy & Today I’m going to discuss an important topic i.e. How to Stop Procrastinating: Summary of the book Eat that Frog which is authored by Brian Tracy.
In this book, the author tells about 21 Great ways to Stop Procrastinating which can help you get more done in less time. Here I’m not going to explain all the 21 points, but Instead, I’ll share the summary of this book which will be helpful to “Achieve more done in less time”.
I’ve made 3 main principles out of this book which will surely clarify all your doubts.
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A brief Discussion (Eat That Frog Summary)
According to Brian Tracy, the author of this book, ”The best time to eat a frog is Early morning’‘.
Here you can relate frog with the worst & most important task of your day.
Many time we tend to procrastinate the most important & worst work of our day by making excuses like :
- I’ll do it later!
- Let me do it in the evening!
- I’ll do it Tomorrow!
Use of such words only increases our stress level & sometime may tend to a headache.
Another reason is, In the early morning our willpower is maximum & thus we can do the worst work in the best possible way.
We have seen many times when we complete a most important & worst task, we feel happy & stress-free. This is because at that time our brain releases a substance known as Endorphin which makes us feel better. Also doing so increases our self-esteem & confidence.
Now let us move to the solution…???
For making this possible, the author has shared a lot of possible ways out of which some I gonna share with you so that you can make proper use of time & get rid of procrastination.
Principle 1: Set the Table
An important reason by which we cannot make good use of time & keep procrastinating is confusion & lack of clarity.
If you wanna make the best use of your time, First of all, be clear about your goals & targets and for this, you’ve to follow a 7-Step procedure which is like that :
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Step 1: Decide Exactly What do you want?
First decide what you really want in your financial life, health, relationship & social life & stay clear about it.
Step 2: Think on Paper!
Only 3% Peoples on the planet Earth actually have their goals written on paper. By writing your goals on paper, your chance to meet success increases by 5 to 10 times.
Our mind is not good at storing information but it’s best in creating new ideas. So as much as possible, try to write your goals & other important things on paper.
Note: I’m saying about writing your goals on paper & not on the notepad of your smartphone.
Step 3: Make Deadlines!
After writing all your goals, give them deadlines because for completing any task on time, we should give it a deadline otherwise we’ll procrastinate it more.
Step 4: Make a List!
You’ve to make a list of all your tasks which you should do to achieve your goals. (Completely Explained in Principle 2 )
Step 5: Organize the List & make Plan!
First write all the tasks you need to achieve your goals, well organize them & make a simple plan on How to Complete them? (Explained in Principle 3 )
Step 6: Take Action On your Plan !!
After making your plans take immediate actions because at the end “Actions leads to satisfaction” and not just planning.
Step 7: Resolve Yourself To do things Everyday that moves you toward your Goals !!
Read Motivational books, Learn Skills, Take coaching, Find a mentor, do everything which can help you to accomplish your goals.
This is the 7-Step procedure for Goal Setting and is helpful for the achievement of your goals.
Principle 2: Plan Everyday in ADVANCE
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Time management has important 6P Formula according to which :
Planning a few minutes before starting the work can save a lot of your time & can be helpful in completing your task on time. Now let us move to another point i.e. how to make a list?
How to make a List?
Here author tells about creating four lists instead of creating a single one which is as follows :
i) Master List
Master List consists of all the goals which you wanna achieve in your Life or Lifetime Goals. e.g.
ii) Monthly List
Here you’ve to write all your goals which you wanna achieve in 1 month. But remember one thing, This list must have at least one work which can help you accomplish the most important goals in your master list.
iii) Weekly List
Write all the task you can achieve in one week. But remember this list can accomplish your monthly list into parts.
iv) Daily List
Here you’ll write all the tasks you wanna achieve in a single day & these tasks must be helpful in completing your weekly list in parts.
These are the four list you have to make. You can add additional tasks to these lists.
Make all the lists in advance i.e. What principle 2 says?
Suppose If you wanna make Daily List for tomorrow then make all the lists before sleeping on the first day.
Principle3: ABCDE Technique
ABCDE is simple and most effective priority technique which make sure that you’re completing your tasks on time.
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When you create all your lists, you have to prioritize the work in the list as :
a ≈ Very Important work with huge consequences.
b ≈ Important work with moderate consequences.
c ≈ Good to do but with no consequences.
d ≈ Work that can be delegated to others.
e ≈ Works that can be eliminated with no effect.
If you have two important tasks with huge consequences then you can mark them as A1and A2.
But out of the two A1is more important than A2 i.e. What author says in his book :
“If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first”
In this way, you can organize your list. If you implement these three principles in your life then I’m sure you’ll Stop Procrastinating & Get More Done in Less Time. I’ve tried to explain everything in this post. If still any queries remain, you can ask me in the comment box.
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