Eat That Frog: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating by Brian Tracy

Reposting this review because Eat That Frog is the daily deal today and on sale for $0.99 for the audiobook at

Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less TimeTakeaway: Inefficiency at work often means taking away time from home.

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I am a procrastinator. I can procrastinate better than almost anything else I do. I think it is one of the reasons that I am a good reader, because reading is usually a means of procrastination for me.  I am not sure when I picked up this book. I think it was free on audible at some point (probably 3 or 4 years ago).

I was looking for something short and it was the shortest of all of my unread audiobooks at only 2 and a 1/2 hours.

Tracy says at the begining, it is likely that very little in this book will be new inforamtion.  The problem is that you have to actually put the infomation into practice before it makes a difference in your life.  Clearly that is one of my issues.

He also said that not everything works for everyone and a large number of things will often prevent us from accomplishing anything.  So I picked out three things and I have been trying to do them.

I settled on one todo list that works on my phone, computer and ipad (Remember The Milk).  My wife is a good list maker and she also accomplishes a lot.  I am a bad list maker and I often do not accomplish what I need to do.  So I am working on writing things down and then crossing them off.  The key training thing is to write it down even if I immediately cross it off.  Which seems like a waste of time, but is essential if I am going to training myself to work off a to do list.

The next insight that really struck me is about work/home balance. Which is not a balance for me.  I work at home, I am a full time Nanny, a part time consultant, a blogger and husband and small group leader.  Everything happens all the time and only rarely do I actually have a time that is focused particularly on something.  But his point still was meaningful.  Work is about efficiency and quality (getting the most done in the shortest amount of time).  Home is about quantity time (spending the most amount of time).  So when you are at work, work so that you can be finished with work and get home.  When you are at home, spend time with your family so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.  He also said that work/home balance is not something you accomplish.  A tightrope walker continually balances, so to accomplish work/home balance you need to continually tweak the balance so you can adjust to the need of that particular time.

The third thing I am really going to work on is cutting down on distractions.  I am turning on my notifications on my phone and computer.  I will check email when I accomplish something and I am reading.

I have high hopes.

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