Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy – Book Summary

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Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy

Deepak Shukla’s Notes Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy:

Hey guys,

I finished reading this book on the 10th of January 2021.

Here’s a synopsis of the book I grabbed from Amazon:

“Eat That Frog! shows you how to organize each day so you can zero in on these critical tasks and accomplish them efficiently and effectively. The core of what is vital to effective time management is a decision, discipline, and determination. And in this fully revised and updated edition, Tracy adds two new chapters. The first explains how you can use technology to remind yourself of what is most important and protect yourself from what is least important. The second offers advice for maintaining focus in our era of constant distractions, electronic and otherwise.”

And here are my actual notes I took whilst I was listening to this on Audible:

  • Dream big dreams
  1. What would a perfect career look like in 5 years?
  • When you’re in a time-wasting environment say to yourself
  • Develop a sense of urgency
  • Think of travel time as gifts of time
  • Salami slice method
  • Control your thoughts!
  1. Think about what you want and nothing else
  2. Always frame everything positivity
  • How you talk to yourself determines success
  1. When people ask themselves how it’s going say ‘it’s going fucking great’
  2. Never share your problems with anyone ever. 80% of people don’t care. 20% of others kind of glad you got them anyway
  3. Learned optimism
  • Forcing system needed
  • Create imaginary deadlines
  • Put the pressure on yourself
  • Work that you spend at work is all that matters when at work so you can finish at 6
  • Quality of work at work that matter. Quantity of time you spend at home, that matters
  • Do the 30-second goal game
  1. 3 most important goals overall?
  2. 3 most important career goals
  3. 3 most important family/relationship goals right now
  4. 3 most important Professional Development goals right now?
  5. 3 most important financial goals
  6. 3 most important health goals right now?
  • Do what you can, with what you have, where you are
  • ABCDE approach
  • Practice zero-based thinking in every part of your life
  • Practice creative procrastination

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  1. Do the worst first
  2. Procrastinate on lower-value activities
  • Review your tasks right now and discipline yourself to do the most important things first. Ignore the rest until it’s done
  • Do first things first and 2nd things, not at all
  • 3 questions you must ask
  1. What are my highest value activities
  2. What can only I do (if done well) that can make a real difference (automating the system)
  3. What is the most valuable use of my time right now?
  • The law of forced efficiency
  • Types of lists
  1. Master list
  2. Weekly list
  3. Monthly list
  4. Plan each week on Sunday for 1 hour
  5. Tick these items off
  • Plan every day in advance
  1. 10 minutes of planning saves 120 minutes in time-wasting each day
  2. Proper prior planning prevents poor
  3. performance
  4. Always make list the night before
  5. More time you take to write a list in advance more effective you will be
  6. 90/10 rule – if you spend 10% of your time planning and 90% doing you will get much much more done than normal?
  • The 7-step method for success

1. Decide what you want

1.1 Discuss your goals and objectives with yourself

2. Write it down on paper

3. Set a deadline on your goal – no deadline means no urgency

4. Make a list of everything you think you’re going to have to do to achieve your goal

5. Organise the list into a plan and sequence

5.1 You will separate yourself immediately from anyone who carries the plan inside their head

  • Add goals on paper and stick them on the wall
  • Clarity most important to the success
  • How do you see yourself Deepak?
  • Visualise yourself as the person you want to be
  1. Visualise yourself as the person you want to be
  • 3 Ds of Habit Formation

1. Make a decision to make a habit of task completion

2. Make a discipline of practising principles you learn over and over until they become automatic

3. Back everything you do with determination until the habit is locked in and becomes part of your personality

  • Develop an addiction to endorphins
  • The habit of setting one priority per business unit
  1. For Eg Full training for Kemistri Salesperson
  • Start with the most important task each day
  1. Discipline yourself to do it immediately and not stop until the task is done
  2. If it isn’t doable in one day you will spend a minimum of 4 trackable hours on it without task switching once
  3. You can break for a maximum of 15-minute intervals but the clock stops each time you do
  • The key to success is always action
  • Focussing upon your single most important task single-mindedly without distraction
  • No one is better than you but more successful people are doing things differently than you
  • Strategy for life
  • You can’t teach a man anything only help him discover it for himself