Eat That Frog!

Written by: CTYA Blogs Team
With such beautiful weather, and exams, it’s very easy to be distracted and procrastinate. Brian Tracy’s book, Eat That Frog provides some great lessons to stop procrastinating and get more done in less time. To help you, we’ve pulled together some tips from his book to help you stop procrastinating and start producing!

Frog Eating 101
What can be worst than eating a live frog for breakfast? If you eat a frog first thing in the morning, then you can go through the day knowing that you’ve already gotten over with the worst part of the day, and what happens for the rest of the day will be better than eating a live frog. Your “frog” is the important task you so dearly keep putting off, but must need to do. If you eat your frog in the morning, then you can look forward to a more freer and happy rest of the day. Frogs anyone?

Rule #1:
If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first.
If you have two important tasks to do that are equally important, and both with similar deadlines, do the hardest one to do first.

Rule #2:
If you have to eat a live frog at all, it doesn’t pay to sit and look at it for very long.
The more you think about it, the more you’re putting it off, instead of thinking about it and wasting time, just do what you need to do and get it over with.

Rule #3:
Think on paper
Only about 3% of adults have clear written goals, and these people accomplish 5x -10x more than people with equal or higher education and ability, but who do not write their goals down.

Rule #4:
Resist the urge to clear up the small tasks. The 80/20 Rule states that 20 percent of your activities will account for 80 percent of the value of the work you do. So, if you have a list of 10 things you need to do, two of those things on the list turn out to be worth more than all the other things put together, do those tasks well and first.

Rule #5:
Develop a positive mental attitude.
Optimistic people are more effective in every area of their life, and they are very good at visualizing their goals – making them more likely to happen! Optimistic people are more confident, and powerful in making their decisions, leading to better results.

Eat that frog!

Good luck and happy studying!

For more rules and tips, read Brian Tracy’s book, Eat That Frog!


Tracy, B. (2007). Eat That Frog! (2nd Ed.). San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.


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