What’s Your Book, Tool, and Frog? (TPS404)


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The Productivity Show podcast has been around since 2015 or so – this is episode 404 – and at the beginning, whenever we had a guest on, the host would end it by asking the guest three questions:

“What’s your Book, Tool, and Frog”?

Book: What’s a book you’re either loving right now or you would recommend to the audience?

Tool: What’s a “tool” that helps you get your best work done? It could be an app, a physical tool or device, or anything really.

Frog: What is a project or something you are focusing on right now? (Comes from the concept of “Eat Your Frog” – we have a big article about that we will list in the shownotes)

In this episode, we’re going to share OUR current Books, Tools, and Frogs, as well as share some from your fellow TPS listeners and our Productivity Academy members.

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You can find links to everything that we share in the show notes by going to theproductivityshow.com/404.

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  • What does “Frog” mean in the context of this episode? [2:41]
  • Top 3 Productivity Resources [4:22]
  • What were Brooks’ Book, Tool, and Frog from his first appearance on episode 7 of TPS? [7:22]
  • What is Marmel’s book recommendation for the day? [11:07]
  • What is Brooks’ book recommendation for the day? [15:04]
  • What shifts has Marmel made in her views on productivity and “getting things done?” [19:09]
  • What is Marmel’s tool recommendation for the day? [25:15]
  • What is Brooks’ tool recommendation for the day? [29:00]
  • What is Marmel’s frog recommendation for the day? [34:27]
  • What is Brooks’ frog recommendation for the day? [37:44]
  • Action step to integrate today’s topic into your life. [42:27]


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