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June 5, 2001

Jack Covert Selects: Jack Covert Selects - Eat That Frog!

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 9:29 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy, Berrett Koehler Publishers, 120 Pages, $19.95 Hardcover, April 2001, ISBN 1583762027
I must confess that I am not a fan of those fluffy, quick-fix business books that promise to improve your worklife better simply by reading them. These fluffy books tend to be overly vague, asking you to reinvision your processes, to optimize your time by reassessing your priorities, to acquire a new outlook which will reinvigorate your career. The fix-it books I do value are not those that provide you with only vague suggestions, instead, those that supply you with concrete methods that you can apply first thing Monday morning. With Eat That Frog!, Brain Tracy has written an economical book that gets straight to the point and contains real nuggets of value.
The title of the book, Eat That Frog!, refers to that rarely-admitted reality that we always have one large important task that we really don't want to dothe frogand this book suggests ways to make that dreaded project eatable. The book has 21 chapters ranging from such counsel as Apply the 80/20 rule to everything to Identify your key constraints. A particularly useful chapter is called Practice the ABCDE method continually. This exercise really works to help you to prioritize the projects in a sensible logical manner. Many time management books will tell you to make lists to get a handle on your many projects, but this book actually teaches you how to take those lists and employ them during your workday. Interspersed throughout the book are useful quotes that summarize Tracys methods. For example, Resist the temptation to clear up small things first. Pacifying myself with accomplishing small things while ignoring the larger, often more dreaded and challenging projects has always been a huge issue for yours truly and that quote is a critical takeaway for me.
This is a classic Jack Covert Selects: Airplane Read. Focal Point: A proven system to simplify your life, double your productivity, and achieve all your goals. This book will not provoke you to change your lifes direction, but it will give you some very good where the rubber meets the road help in uncomplicating your life. Not bad for $20.00 and 120 pages.

About Dylan Schleicher


Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.