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Summary of Brian Tracy's Eat that Frog by Oluwakemi Adewuyi as a Volunteer engagement activities

Being successful is not about learning alone but applying the things learnt’

The frog is one of the most important task and can have the most positive effect. And failure to execute is one of the biggest problems of organizations.
One of the habit of successful people is the habit of setting priorities and overcoming procrastination. This habit can be learnt through practice and repetition. The three qualities to develop a habit involves: decision making, discipline and determination.

Chapter 1- Set the table Definiteness of purpose is the knowledge of what I want and a burning desire to achieve it. In order to determine my frog, I have to decide exactly what I want to accomplish in each area of my life. One of the most important concept in personal productivity is CLARITY. One of the great rules for success is to ‘think on paper’. There are seven steps to achieving goals and increase productivity. Decide exactly what you want Write it down Set a deadline on your goal Make a list of everything you can think of that is going to help achieve your goal Organize the list into a plan Take action on your plan immediately Resolve to do something everyday.

Chapter 2- Plan everyday in advance Planning is bringing the future into the present so you can do something about it now- Alan Lakein. The mind has the ability to think, plan and decide, is the most powerful tool for overcoming procrastination and increasing productivity. There is the six P formula to achieving goals: proper prior planning prevents poor performance. Always work from a list, and when something important comes up, add it to the list. There are different type of lists which include: Master list, this captures every idea which is sorted out later Monthly list, these are plans for the month ahead which can be transferred to the master’s list Weekly list, this is the plan for the week ahead Daily list, this is specific activities meant to be accomplished that day One of the most important rule for personal effectiveness is 10/90. The first 10% of time you spend planning and organizing before you begin will save you as much as 90% of time getting the job done once you get started.

Chapter 3- Apply the 80/20 rule to everything The 80/20 rule is also called Pareto principle after its founder, Vilfredo Pareto. The rule says that 20% of your activities account for 80% of your result. Often, one item on a list of ten things that you have to do can be worth more than all the nine put together. This one task is invariably the frog that you should eat. Note- Time management is the control over what you do next.

Chapter 4- Consider the consequences The mark of a superior thinker is his or her ability to accurately predict the consequences of doing or not doing something. Attitude towards “time horizon” has an enormous impact on behavior and choices. Something important has long-term potential consequences. Successful people are those willing to delay gratification and make sacrifices in the short term so that they can enjoy the greater reward in the long term. Failures do what is tension relieving while winners do what is goal achieving.

Chapter 5- Practice the ABCDE method continually The first law of success is concentration. A- A item is defined as something very important and is something you must do B- this item is defined as a task that should be done but has mild consequences. Never do a B task when there is A task to be done C- C task is something that would be nice to do D task is a task you delegate someone to do An E task is a task that can be eliminated and will not make much difference. It might be a task important at a point but is no longer relevant.

Chapter 6- focus on key result areas Key result areas in management are planning, organization, staffing, delegating, supervising, measuring and reporting. Key result area is defined as something for which you are completely responsible for. First determine key result areas, then grade yourself on a scale of 1-10 in each of those areas, determine where your strength is and where you are weak.

Chapter 7- Obey the law of forced efficiency The law says that there is never enough time to do everything but there is enough time to do the most important thing. Pressures of deadline are created by procrastination. You must ask yourself the following questions: What are my highest value of activities What can I only do, that if it was done well will make a real difference What is the most valuable use of my time right now.

Chapter 8- prepare thoroughly before you begin We have more [potential we can develop in a lifetime. To overcome procrastination and get things done faster is to have everything you need before you begin. Set your work areas so that it is comfortable and conducive for work for long period.

Chapter 9- Do your homework Learn all what is needed to be learnt in order to be able to work in an excellent fashion. Continually upgrade your skills. When you know you can do a job well, you find it easy to overcome procrastination and the job is done faster.

Chapter 10- Leverage your special talents You have special talents and abilities that make you different from every other person you can be extraordinary. Successful people are invariably those who have taken time to identify what they do well and most enjoy.

Chapter 11- Identify your key constraint You must study the task at end and identify the limiting factor or constraint within it, and must also learn to focus all your energies on alleviating that check point. 80% of what is holding you back from achieving your goal are internal, 20% are external to you.

Chapter 12- Take it one oil barrel at a time You can accomplish the biggest task in your life by disciplining yourself to take it just one step at a time, and go further as far as you can see. Then you will see far enough to go further. Financial independence is achieved by saving every single month.

Chapter 13- put the pressure on yourself You must choose your own frogs and the make yourself eat in their order of importance. The standards you set for yourself should be higher than what anyone could set.

Chapter 14- maximize your personal powers The raw material of personal performance and productivity is contained in physical, mental and emotional energies. Guard and nurture your energy levels at all times. Rest well and be careful of what you eat.

Chapter 15- motivate yourself into action To perform at your best, become your own personal cheerleader. To keep yourself always motivated, become a complete optimist. Optimism is the most important quality you can develop for professional success and happiness. Optimist do the following: They look for good in all situation Seek the valuable lesson in every setback/difficulty Look for solution to every problem.

Chapter 16- Practice creative procrastination The difference between high performance and low performance is determined by what to procrastinate on. Procrastinate on low value activity. Creative procrastination is the act of thoughtfully and deliberately deciding upon the exact things you are not going to do right now.

Chapter 17- Do the most difficult task, by that, you eat that frog.

Chapter 18- Slice and dice the task Break down your task to bits, then take it bit by bit. Take every action one step at a time. You will discover that by doing that, you feel more accomplished at the end of the completion of every task.

Chapter 19- Create large chunks of time Carve time out to work uninterruptedly and discipline yourself to stick to it.

Chapter 20- Develop a sense of urgency Take actions and be rapid about it. Move as fast as you can on every task.

Chapter 21- Single handle every task Single handling requires that once you begin, you keep working at the task without diversion or distraction until the work is done. Set clear priorities, start immediately on your most important task and then work without stopping until the job is 100% complete. PERSISTENCE IS ACTUALLY SELF DISCIPLINE IN ACTION. ...
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