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- ASIN: B005MZFX7S
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (299 customer reviews)
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18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done Unknown Binding – 2000
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(Actually, "read" is not the right word - "devoured" is more like it.)
I am INVIGORATED in that this combination business book and self-help book has inspired me to start looking at, thinking about, and doing some things differently...starting with the simple reminder that we need to regularly stop -- to pause, reflect, recharge, recalibrate, and refocus - for just 18 minutes a day (5 minutes at the beginning; eight 1-minute check-ins during the day; and 5 minutes at the end).
Leveraging his engaging, entertaining, and thought-provoking talent for storytelling (as exhibited regularly in his HBR blog posts), Bregman provides readers with a variety of tools, tips, and techniques intended to help us enhance our productivity and maximize our potential.
And why am I "EXHAUSTED"? Because, in addition to my head spinning from the numerous impactful and memorable stories that I want to remember, the refreshing new insights I gained, and a short list of simple-but-meaningful actions I now plan to take, I started reading the book around midnight last night and couldn't put it down until I finished the entire thing, in one sitting, at four a.m. this morning (luckily it's a Saturday).
Seriously, reading this book is like having a personal and professional life coach standing right beside you -- providing success tips, keeping you focused, and cheering you on along the way.
UPDATE: I just re-read this book in greater detail (as mentioned above, the first time I read it I whipped through it in four hours because I couldn't put it down due to the great storytelling).Read more ›
Here's a time management tip: The content of chapters 1 - 21 and 29 - 46 could each be summed up on a post-it note, and if you go to the end of each of those chapters, you'll see a box around the post-it note version, so just read that.
(Also, unless he's trying to create some cute coinage, "overwhelm" is not a noun. It's always a verb.)
To focus on the "right" things, Bregman encourages us to slow down. By delaying reactions to demands, we can make sure we're reacting the right way and taking on tasks that align with our goals. Think through things carefully and react to the desired outcome instead of the event. What's the ultimate result you want?
Later in the book, he explains his title, "18 Minutes". We need a discipline to stay focused on our day. His 18 minutes refers to five minutes planning at the beginning and end of the day, and one minute per hour (assuming an eight-hour work day) to stop and ask if you're on track. Reflect on the day. Did you do what you expected? What needs to change? If you're not monitoring your progress and checking in with yourself regularly, it's hard to stay focused.
Many time management books focus on how to get things done in less time. I agree with Bregman that maybe what we really need is to do less. As we find our focus, our days can be more manageable. And I definitely agree that working 24/7 keeps us from living a balanced life since we're obviously not leaving space for the other parts of our lives. Whatever your goals, don't forget to enjoy the ride. At the end, no one wishes they worked more.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Hachette Book Group.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fabulous book! His stories and tips provide truly valuable tips and wisdom! I highly recommend it!Published 10 days ago by Patty Lawenda
Excellent book. He gave a lot of examples that were pertinent & interesting.Published 11 days ago by C. Tidwell
I really liked this book. Peter makes it fun and easy to read. This made more sense to me then any other "focus" book I have read, right down to the minute!Published 13 days ago by Al Vanden Heuvel
Very disappointing. There may have been some nuggets toward the end of the book but it was so boring I could not get that far. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
Do this and change your life. It's not easy, but it pays big dividends. You have to start somewhere- start!Published 1 month ago by Joe White
Easy read with some good tips and some tried and true reminders.Published 1 month ago by MARK KANTY.
I needed this for where I am with my job right now. It was a good reminder.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I absolutely love this book. I keep reading it again and again. It's truly inspiring and thought provoking.Published 2 months ago by Hema Pillay
Fabulous read, neatly written, with lots of practical tested advice.Published 3 months ago by A. Binshaflout