Major productivity lessons to learn from the book Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy

Written by Girishkumar Kumaran. Last updated at 2022-08-02 18:35:59

Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy is a great book. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to become more productive and achieve their goals in life. The main lesson from this book is that if you can get your most significant task out of the way first thing in the morning, you will have less stress throughout the rest of your day. In addition, some other lessons include learning how to say no without feeling guilty about it, taking control over your schedule, and understanding what needs to be done before we die so we can make our lives better while we still have time left on this earth!

Get the worst thing out of the way first.

The worst thing you can do is to put off doing the most important thing, and then when the time comes, not do it all.

When you have a lot of things on your plate, and you know that one task will be painful and challenging, but it is also the essential thing to get done, don't put off doing it until later. Instead, get started right away. Put this task at the top of your To Do list for today and start working on it immediately after breakfast. When we procrastinate about doing something that we know we should be doing—something that will benefit us in some way—we end up wasting our time with other tasks or activities that are less meaningful but easier or more enjoyable in the moment (like watching TV). Then when evening comes around, we realize how little progress we've made toward our goals and feel discouraged by our lack of results. We tell ourselves: "I'll start tomorrow." But tomorrow never comes because tomorrow always becomes today! So remember: Don't put off what has to be done today; do it now!

When you put off the worst thing, it will always be there. It will keep coming back to haunt you until you face it. If you feel overwhelmed, don't try to do everything at once. Just focus on one task, like writing a blog post or working on an assignment from school.

Learn to say no

Saying no can be difficult, especially when people want your help. However, it is essential to learn how to say no.

Learning to say no is a skill that can make all the difference in your life and career. Saying yes when we mean no can result in stress, overworking ourselves, and resentment towards others. On the other hand, saying no to requests that are not within our power or responsibility helps build trust with people around us because it shows discipline and self-control.

The best way to learn how to say no is through practice—the more you do something in practice, the easier it becomes for you later on when things get tough for real! Here are some tips:

Be kind about it! Don't just ignore someone asking for something from you; instead, try saying something like "Sorry, but I don't have time right now" or "No thanks." This will let them know they were heard but also give them an opportunity at another time if they need help then, too (which could happen!).

Think about whether there's any way around this request. Perhaps someone else could do this task instead of me? Maybe there's another solution here rather than having everyone involved do everything themselves all day long?" This will help prevent burnout and reading levels within teams by allowing individuals some downtime occasionally."

Responding positively to requests your way keeps things moving forward and prevents complacency, especially when there's no clear deadline. If someone asks you for something, don't just say yes - consider what they're asking, then give them an answer based on that information before agreeing or disagreeing. "I am happy to look at this task" rather than "Yes, I will do it immediately" shows more professional courtesy and respect!

Take control of your schedule and your life.

"Eat That Frog" is about taking control of your life, starting with taking control of your schedule. Brian Tracy advises that you schedule every minute of your day, including breaks and lunch.

It’s essential to be realistic about what can be done in a given period, so don't try to add too much information into the same task or activity block—that way, you won’t feel overwhelmed by the amount of work you have to do.

A written list is essential for this kind of organization: it'll keep track of what needs doing and how long each task will take, as well as help you determine which tasks will take priority over others (i.e., those with deadlines).

Another tip Tracy suggests is using an electronic calendar or a paper planner to record daily tasks and appointments; I like using Google Calendar to access my events from anywhere!

Turning it into a habit is crucial: the more often you schedule and review your to-do list, the easier it'll be to get things done. And don’t forget about updating it when something changes—it's easy enough to forget that you scheduled an appointment two weeks from now if you don't write down those tasks as they come up! The best part of this tip? With your schedule planned out in advance, you won't have time for anything else.

And if you're the kind of person who needs one last push to get things done, set up a reward system for yourself. When I finish all or most of my tasks on any given day, I must take time away from work—even if it's just 30 minutes! That way, I won't burn out as quickly. The good news is there are many different ways to reward yourself depending on what motivates you (money rewards? An hour off?).

Keep a list of what you need to do before you die.

When you start your list, the first thing to do is to clarify your goals and objectives. What are the items you want to achieve? What are the items you want to accomplish? And most important, what do you want your life to be like when all of these tasks are done? Also, make sure that this list includes long-term goals (e.g., owning a business) and short-term ones (e.g., getting one new client).

When writing down everything that needs to be done for you to reach these goals, keep them as simple as possible. Try not to focus on too many details or specifics at first; instead, write down high-level tasks such as “start a business” or “get one new client” because they're easy enough but still have enough meaning behind them so that they'll help motivate us later on when we come back and look at our list again!

A list of to-dos will only work if it's in a place where you can see it. If your goals are out of sight and out of mind, they won't motivate you when you need them most. Put your list somewhere visible so it can serve as motivation for today's tasks and a der about why those tasks matter first! The last thing we need to do is keep our lists updated to remain relevant.

Ensure all the items on your list are things you want to do, not tasks others have added. When there is something important that needs doing, add it to your list so it can help keep you focused on what matters most! You'll also look forward to completing these tasks because they're meaningful.

Develop self-discipline, practice it every day

This is the most important and beneficial skill you can develop to improve your life. Self-discipline is the ability to control yourself and to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done. It is a muscle that needs exercise, a habit that needs development, and a skill that must be practiced daily.

Self-Discipline can be developed with practice and persistence.

Exercising self-discipline requires patience and persistence; it requires us not only to stop doing things that are not productive or helpful but also to do things we don't particularly want to do for our lives to become more successful or enjoyable over time. Practice makes perfect!

If you want to be successful in any area of life, you must develop self-discipline. Self-discipline will help you achieve your goals and succeed at anything you want because it gives you the power over yourself. By learning to exercise self-control, we can focus our energy on what matters most. We can also avoid distractions and make better use of our time.

* Start small - Set an achievable goal. This will help you get used to making time commitments and sticking to them. It will also build your confidence as you realize how much progress you've made toward complaining about this goal.

Use technology to help you be more productive.

If you want to be productive and accomplish your goals, one of the most important things you can do is to use technology to help make this possible. Many types of software can help with this kind of thing: task managers, calendars, and to-do lists. Each type has its benefits and drawbacks, so it’s best to find the one that works best for your situation.

Using a task manager like Asana or Todoist (or even Microsoft Excel) will keep track of all those tasks that need doing for projects or events to be successful. This allows people who work on multiple projects at once (such as freelancers) to keep track of everything they need to be done without forgetting any details. If someone else needs information from other employees/contractors working on these same projects, there’s also an easy way for them to connect through these apps so there won't be any confusion about what needs to be done next time! Those same apps also have ways where users can create their tasks based on what needs to be done before entering data such as deadlines, etcetera, into their lists, which means fewer mistakes are happening down the line too!

Calendars like Google Calendar, Apple iCalendar, Microsoft Outlook calendar, and so on are helpful for those who need to schedule meetings or even keep track of their events for the day. Something is satisfying about seeing a visual representation of what needs to be done when it comes time.

A lesson in productivity.

All too often, people spend their time on the things that are easy to do instead of the things that will make a real difference in their lives. Learning how to prioritize your tasks and ensure they get done is essential. For example, if you want to be successful at work and earn more money, you will need to increase your productivity so that there is more work for you to do each day. This is only possible if there is a plan for getting things done and when action must be taken immediately without putting off what needs doing until later or never doing it.

The lesson here: You must develop a system for accomplishing goals so that execution becomes second nature—and this process should take place daily!

Consistency is key. You might think that if you can do something once, there's no need to do it again. But this isn't true! If a task must be completed every day or week, don't forget; instead, ensure those things get done consistently.

The technology you use can make a big difference in getting things done. For example, if you have a smartphone app that helps track your productivity or sends reminders about tasks that need doing, this can help keep you on track. If there is an app for everything else in life (and there is), why not one for being productive?


If you’re looking for a way to improve your productivity, Eat that Frog is an excellent resource. The lessons in this book offer insight into how you can get the most out of your day and take control of your schedule. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about how they can become more productive and successful in life.

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