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Eat that Frog: 21 productivity hacks

Eat that Frog: 21 productivity hacks

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Dorothi Viki
·Apr 28, 2022·

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I recently read the book Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time. Below are a summary of the key productivity techniques.

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  1. Set the table:

    Decide exactly what you want. Clarity is very important. Write out your goals & objectives before you begin.

    Setting up Goals with Smart method (

  2. Plan every day in advance:

    Think on paper. It’s really going to help save five or ten mins in execution.

  3. Apply the 80/20 rule to everything

    20% of your activities = 80% of results. Focus mostly on that 20%

    Check out Pareto Principle (

  4. Consider consequences

    The most important tasks & priorities are those that can have the most serious consequences, positive or negative, on your life or work.

  5. Practise creative procrastination

    Learn how to prioritize and put off those tasks that are low value.

  6. Use the ABCDE method continually

    Before starting work, take some time to organize the task by value & priority. so, you’ll get an idea of what’s the most important one to tackle first. More information here.

  7. Focus on key result areas

    Identify & determine those results to get to do your job well and work on them all day.

  8. Law of three

    Identify the 3 things you do in your work that account for 90% of contribution & focus on getting them done.

  9. Prepare thoroughly before you begin

    Have everything you need at hand before you start.

  10. Take it one oil barrel at a time

  11. Upgrade key skills

    The more knowledgeable and skilled you become, easy as to tackle tasks more effectively. You can definitely check out Udemy, Skillshare, or informative Youtube videos.

  12. Leverage your special talents

    Do with a full heart on tasks that you’re really skilled in.

  13. Identify key constraints

    Determine the bottlenecks or the chock points internal/external

  14. Put the pressure on ourself

  15. Maximize personal power

    Identify periods of highest mental & physical energy each day & structure your most important

  16. Motivate yourself into action

    Quick wins focus on solutions rather than problems. Always be optimistic and constructing.

  17. Get out of the technological time

    Avoid too much technology distraction. Tools like Rescuetime and Freedom are really useful.

  18. Slice & dice the task

    Break large complex tasks into bite-sized tasks. Check out this article.

  19. Create large chunks of time

    Organize your days around large blocks of time where you can concentrate on them

  20. Develop a sense of urgency Checkout Time management or FOMO (

  21. Single handle every task

    Set clear priorities. Start immediately.

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