To date, I’ve reviewed 3 books for Thomas Nelson, and I’ve really come to enjoy reviewing books. I’ve always enjoyed reading them, so trying to communicate about them is a skill that I believe I would do well to cultivate. I recently came across a chance to read “Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time” by Brian Tracy. That’s quite a promise. A while back I spent a lot of time reading productivity blogs, and I can remember Eat That Frog! being specifically mentioned on many of them. This book is copyrighted in 2007. It seems like I heard about it before that, but I’m at a phase in life where time has lost all meaning.
I’m assuming that I am not the only person in the marketplace who suffers from problems with procrastination and not “being all that I can be.” I base my assumption on the fact that books like this sell very well. As consumers, we spend a lot of money year after year on books and tapes and seminars on how to become more productive. To be honest, I’ve sort of soured on productivity books. Some are little more than motivational fluff designed more to pad the pockets of the author and publisher. Some provide systems that are so convoluted that following them is impractical for just about everybody. Others seem especially designed for only two kinds of people: salespeople and executives. The case studies and all the examples seem centered around those types of people, and some of us just don’t have the imagination to be able to apply the studies to our jobs as engineers, or teachers, or stay-at-home parents, or whatever we happen to do that isn’t in sales or executive level positions.