In today’s video I review Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracey. This is a good book for anyone interested in time management, productivity, or lifestyle design. But is it right for you? Watch the video to find out.
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Here’s a Pro-Tip. Don’t read productivity books in bed. Hey welcome back for another episode of The Bootstrap Boutique, where beginners build businesses. I’m glad you’re here this week because we are going to cover a productivity book that will help you make sure you get really important stuff done every day.
Eat That Frog!
That book is called Eat That Frog! and it is by Brian Tracey.
Here’s something that you don’t know about me. I am a little bit terrified of frogs, so that fact that I picked up a book that not only has a frog on the cover, but has the word frog on every single page, is kind of a big deal for me.
Likely you don’t have that same hang up, and so should you pick up the book Eat That Frog and read it?
I’m really tempted to say absolutely, without a doubt everybody should read this book, it’s less than 120 pages and you can get through it very quickly, but I felt like each of those pages was a little bit redundant.
Here’s why, this book has 21 chapters and each of those chapters covers one specific tip on how to get more done and use your time more wisely. And here they all are.
Oh, was that not enough time to read all 21 tips? Well, let me help you out. They all boil down to this one thing.
Out of all the things you have to do in a day, you should do the most important thing first. You should do nothing else until that most important thing is done.
So I felt like all 21 chapters were really good reminders but I don’t feel like I learned anything that I didn’t already know. And part of that is probably that I’ve been reading productivity books for the better part of 10 years and so you do start to wonder if there is anything else out there that you can learn.
If that’s not the case for you, then you probably would get a lot out of reading this book.
There’s the 21 chapters, but it’s a short book, the chapters are very digestable and they all have actionable things that you can do to get better at time management. The flip side of that is 21 things is a lot and that might feel overwhelming. So if you are new to time management I do suggest that you read this book and these are the chapters that I really think you should focus on.
Plan Every Day In Advance
Chapter number 2 which is plan every day in advance. A day without a plan can easily be a wasted day so if you plan your days in advance, then that is going to go a long ways to helping you figure out what that one most important thing is that you need to get done and to make sure that you have time in your day to do it.
The 80/20 Principle
Next, make sure you read chapter 3 which talks about the 80/20 rule. The 80/20 principle has lots of different applications but as far as we are concerned for the purposes of this book and this video it means that 80% of your productivity comes from 20% of your tasks. The flip side of that is that 20% of your productivity comes from 80% of your tasks. So if you really focus down on that productive 20% you can make huge gains in what you get done everyday while leaving behind a lot of the fluff.
Technological Time Sinks
Oh yeah, Chapter 17. Get out of technological time sinks. Don’t get so caught up on social media. Don’t get so wrapped up in social media and checking your email and all that stuff that we do on our phones that you forget to actually get stuff done.
Single Handle Every Task
And what I think is so important is Chapter 21. Single handle every task. That means no multi-tasking. Can you do it? But if you can devote all your attention to one thing at a time, you will be amazed at how much more you can accomplish than if you are trying to do five things at once.
Ok guys, Eat that Frog by Brian Tracey. Its definitely for some of you guys, if you’re new to time management. If you’ve been doing this for a long time, it’s a good reminder if you feel like you’re kind of in a funk. Have you read Eat that Frog? Do you have any recommendations for me? Make sure you leave them down in the comments below. Thank so much for being here again this week I will talk to you next time guys. Take care.