“Your ability to choose between the important and the unimportant is the key determinant of you success in life and work.” ~~ Brain Tracy (Book: Eat That Frog)
It’s one of those self-help books that are rather popular. Whether you read self-help or not, you might have heard or read its name, at least once. (Even if you haven’t, don’t worry, you are not missing anything.)
Lessons from ‘Eat That Frog by Brain Tracy’:
1: Do the Biggest & Most Difficult Task First:
There’s always some task you don’t want to do because it seems difficult or it might take lots of your time.
Instead of delaying, you should do that task first and only then attend to the smaller and easier looking tasks.
If you begin to finish the toughest of tasks first, soon finishing such tasks would become a habit and with time you’d find it easier to finish difficult tasks.
2: Be Clear About What Work Need to be done First:
Not every task is important or needs to be done immediately. If you want to be more productive you should, before starting work, find out the tasks that need finishing first.
Then finish these tasks before the tasks that could wait and don’t have serious consequences if you delay them.
To find the important tasks, you should make a list of tasks you have to do, then spend some time thinking which of them could be delayed.
3: Do One Task at any time:
Multitasking contrary to the popular belief doesn’t make you faster or more productive. But it could make you commit more mistakes and destroy your ability to focus on one thing at a time.
Instead of multitasking you should focus on finishing one task at a time and only then move to the next one.
4: What’s Your Motivation?
Your motivation behind, finishing some task ahead of the others decides the outcome. So you should know why you’re working towards finishing some work.
The better idea you have about your motivation, the better you’d be motivated to finish the task.
Let’s start with ‘repetitiveness’ of information in a book that’s so short. After chapter ten I started wondering if there’s any need to waste paper on 21 chapters.
The end chapters are nothing; they are repeating what’s said in the first few chapters.
It also looks as if the author’s paraphrasing what has already been said. Just read the top quote and be done be it maybe?
Nothing is new there either. Maybe I should refrain from saying, but I’m going to say it anyways: Paraphrasing is what most self-help books are all about.
It must be a lucrative business, after all, almost all of us want someone to validate this or that nagging feeling and save us from it.
Then there’s what I consider one of the worst advises around: listen to some audio book while driving. This sent me on another, wondering spree and I started to wonder….
How is listening to audio books is any different than texting or chatting on the phone while driving?
The book preaches the importance of focusing on one task at a time and then makes a U-turn and doles out this nonsense.
If someone else is driving, I understand, you should use the time to read or maybe not.
Then I wondered what’s wrong with taking a break from this or that activity. No need to continue stuffing information in your head whenever possible.
There’s one good use of this book is that it could help you recognize adverbs that you shouldn’t use. It might be a good practice for you, if you’re a writer. 😉
Some of the information is worth it, but reading ‘Eat That Frog’ wasn’t.
While reading this little book, if you’d applied 80/20 principle, even then I would not have missed its wisdom. Or maybe just read the quotes.
By the time I finished reading the book, I got the feeling that the author had nothing new to say.
If you’re writing a book, then you must have at least one or two new ideas to add. Otherwise, why waste your & readers’ time and precious resource like paper.
“Your level of self-esteem, how much you like and respect yourself, is central to your levels of motivation and persistence.” ~~ Brain Tracy (Book: Eat That Frog)
Hit or Miss: Read at your risk.
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