I’ve been on a bit of a roll over the last year when it comes to reading productivity books. A few of the titles I’ve read include The Miracle Morning, Getting Things Done, The 80/20 Principle, Deep Work, and Get It Done. Next up on my list was Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy. It was recommended to me by a customer contact a couple of years back and finally reached the top of my 2019 reading list.
When you read as many productivity books as I have over the past year, it gets harder to find books that cover new ground. Eat That Frog! is one such example. I didn’t feel like it broke any ground that hadn’t already been covered in other books I’ve read on the subject. That isn’t a knock on the book at all. If you’re just jumping into the productivity self-improvement genre, Eat That Frog! is as good as place as any to get started.
What the book does well is pull a lot of productivity improvement concepts together in one place. It’s like having a Cliffs Notes summary of the productivity books I’ve read. It will introduce you to solid, proven productivity improvement principles that you can apply immediately.
I wouldn’t put Eat That Frog! at the top of my productivity book pile. It’s a bit too topical for my tastes. However, as mentioned before, if you’re new to the area and want to get an overview of the genre, then Eat That Frog! would be the perfect book to start with. It will introduce you to the most important concepts in the productivity field, and then you can decide from there if you want to dive deeper into any of the specific topics.