“If you eat a frog first thing in the morning that will probably be the worst thing you do all day.” – Mark Twain
This is the quote that Brian Tracy wrote his book, Eat That Frog, around. Basically Tracy says that if you just do the task that you have been procrastinating, then all tasks after that won’t seem as bad. It is a strong idea to help you stop procrastinating. I am not exactly sure if that is how Mark Twain had intended the quote to be understood, but Tracy sure makes a compelling case.
Tracy also says that if you have two frogs, eat the uglier one first. That way the second one won’t seem quite as bad. Translated into procrastinating things, this means do your hardest task first, the one you have been putting off the longest, and then the other task or tasks will not seem as bad.
Another spin off of the original quote that Tracy states in the book and audio is that the longer you stay and look at your frog, the harder and harder it will be to actually eat that frog. So the best idea would be to just eat it as fast as you can, or in Tracy’s analogy, do your worst task as fast as you can and get it over with.
However, you don’t need to worry, the whole book is not laid out in this cutesy frog metaphor. It is written in an very organized and comprehensible way. It is widely praised as the definitive guide on how to start getting things done. So if you would like to read a review I wrote you can read my review of Eat That Frog or I would strongly suggest you check out the amazing reviews left by many happy customers on Amazon.com. The audio book even has better reviews than the book, with almost 3000 five-star reviews! Check the audio version out.
Anyways, I hope you find that the book is as helpful in curing procrastination as I did.