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My book review this week is on Brian Tracy’s bookEat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time. Several weeks ago, I wrote a productivity tip – called Eat That Frog! It was based on Mark Twain’s advice that once you’ve started your day by eating a frog, the rest is uphill. So figure out the hardest, most import task you should do that day, and do that first.

At the time, I didn’t know much about Tracy’s book, but I became inspired. Some take aways from the book include:

  • The Law of Forced Efficiency – “There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important thing.” There are so many references to this ‘law’ that I’m not real sure who came up with it.
  • According to Goethe, “Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.” Don’t do what is less important until you’ve finished what is most important.
  • Take the time to figure out which areas provide the most results and focus on those areas. Call it anything you want – the 80/20 rule, the law of three, Pareto’s Principle, etc. It may be three things that drive success; it may be one or five. Know which tasks produce the most results, or what your most valuable contribution is for today.