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Eating Frogs: A Solution to Procrastination

Eating Frogs is a tried and trustworthy method to deal with chronic procrastination. If you are constantly putting off a job you really don’t fancy – but it needs to be done – eating frogs is the method for you.

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Program 1: Managing Yourself
Course 6: Personal Productivity
Section 2: Time Management

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– Prioritization with the Pareto Principle – the 80-20 Rule
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– How to Clear a Backlog – The 4 Rs Method
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LESSON NOTES
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Brian Tracy’s 2001 book ‘Eat that Frog!’
‘Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.’

There is no evidence that Twain ever said it. The principle tracks back to M. de Lassay:
‘Swallow a toad every morning, in order to fortify ourselves against the disgust of the rest of the day’

The frog represents the things you need to do but don’t want to do.

You don’t want to do them, so you procrastinate.

The habit of eating a frog first thing avoids the rest of your day being dominated by the looming frog.

Tracy sets out principles for eating frogs
1. Identify all the things you want to do
2. Start your day by eating the frog
3. If you have two frogs to eat, start with the biggest, ugliest one
4. The longer you look at it, the worse it gets
5. Tuck in and work steadily through the frog, until it’s all eaten
6. Become addicted to getting a frog eaten each day, as your habit builds

RECOMMENDED EXERCISE
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1. What frogs (or toads) do you have, uneaten? Make a list. (1 MC CPD Point)
2. Allocate one to each of the days coming up – the most important one first (1 MC CPD Point)
3. Eat those frogs! (2 MC CPD points per frog, for the first 4)

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RECOMMENDED READING
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Eat that Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating by Brian Tracy – https://geni.us/48Y1LlC

I’ll be as modest as I can. I’m something of an expert on effective working, personal productivity, & time management, with 4 best-selling books by 3 international publishers:
– The Time Management Pocketbook
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– How to Manage Your Time
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– Powerhouse: Turbo Boost Your Effectiveness and Start Making a Serious Impact
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– The Yes/No Book: How to do less… and achieve more
https://geni.us/yhF90n

And here are my picks from the thousands of other books on personal productivity, effective working, & time management:
– The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
https://geni.us/Zulp
– The Power of Habit: Why we Do what we Do, and How to Change
https://geni.us/vNtXd4
– Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
https://geni.us/JxTY

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Mike Clayton

About Mike Clayton 

Dr Mike Clayton is a (former) Project Manager and now a management educator. Having trained thousands of people at live workshops, seminars, and conferences, he now delivers training mainly via video. He has 14 books with international publishers and runs two successful YouTube channels. He is also the founder of OnlinePMCourses.com

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