Thursday, September 20, 2012

Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy

It was Mark Twain who said that one should, first thing in the morning, eat a live frog. That would probably be the worst thing that would happen to you that day.
Brian Tracy uses that idea to suggest that you start your work with the biggest, hardest, and most important task of your day. That's just the first of many valuable goal setting and planning techniques he has included in this book.
Tracy has read hundreds of books and articles on productivity. He tried out the authors' suggestions. What worked he incorporated into his talks and this book.
His techniques are probably ones you have heard before. But going through this book is a good reminder, once again, how beneficial planning is to productivity.
Getting your goals and plans down on paper is so important. Just doing that, Tracy says, will increase your productivity. He has some interesting ideas on how to organize your goal into a plan. He encourages you to take action on your plan immediately and do something every day toward your goal.

Like any other book on goals and planning, it is the doing that is essential. Three key qualities, Tracy says, are decision (decide to tackle the difficult task), discipline (follow the principles he has laid out in this book), and determination (do it until it becomes a habit).

If you need a refresher on goal setting and planning, this book would be a good choice. The good news is that I listened to the audio of this book – borrowed from my local public library!
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