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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Innovation Playhouse (October 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984548203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984548200
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have opportunities to use all of the ideas J.D. has put together in this book.
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I also enjoyed how quickly JD gets down to business -- you won't find filler text or have to navigate several chapters first like you see in other books.
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Of all these books, this one and Getting Things Done are probably the most essential ones to read.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Lam on October 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
If you compare JD's methods to many others, the biggest thing that jumped out for me was the simplicity of JD's methods. His methods are so simple that really anyone can start using them today -- which means you'll start seeing incremental results fast. I also enjoyed how quickly JD gets down to business -- you won't find filler text or have to navigate several chapters first like you see in other books. Even if you take just one thing out of this book (I recommend the "Monday Vision, Daily Outcomes, and Friday Reflection" if you had to pick just one) you will see results.

So it boils down to this: Anyone can want to get results, but if you want to see them actualized then get this book.

--Kevin
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44 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Waterhouse on January 20, 2013
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This book is very fractal. It introduces a concept and then circles back to it a couple times in increasing depth. It's a logical structure, but you end up feeling like you've read everything a couple times. Perhaps this is better for readers who skim.

My other overall comment is that most productivity systems written out of software make me resentful because they assume that my home-life schedule is something that can be managed. I think I speak for a lot of working parents when I say that my schedule is something that I manage the same way surfers manage waves.

Useful concepts I will take from this book:
Outcomes, not activities. You don't want to be doing something, you want a finished product to show for your work. Write your tasks to reflect that.
Fix time, flex scope. You have the time you have. Instead of changing that, change how much you are trying to get done in that time.
Use your vision of the end result to drive your motivation and self-analysis.
Don't wait for inspiration. Even uninspired work is more useful than nothing.
Pretend to think like someone else to work your way through problems you are stuck on. Pick problem-solving heroes and ask yourself what they would do in a similar situation.
Work from an abundance mentality. Instead of assuming there is only so much of anything to go around, ask yourself how you could make more.
Growth feels awkward.

Things I could have lived without:
I thought that even for the structure of the book, there was a lot of repetition.
I found the emphasis on exercise and diet pretty ableist. Not everyone can "work out to maintain their health".
I was completely vexed by the assumption that emotional work was a knowable obligation.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. Dial on January 26, 2011
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Excellent advice for someone like me that is an "Overplanner". (I'd rather over-plan something than actually do it.) I have to admit that I had to restart the book three times and really read what he was saying. The writing is not the best and it is full of repetition, but it was worth it to finish the book to the end. I'd say it is one of those "Ah ha!" books with simple ideas you will use the rest of your life--even though you thought you were going about your life and projects the correct way. This is a book I would recommend to any person--it's not just about work, it's about how you go about your life. Excellent ideas. I would also recommend reading the David Allen "Getting Things Done" series as a companion to this book. With The Agile Way and "GTD" systems, I have achieved more this month than I have in the past year!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Montra on September 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
First off, the one dread about taking time off is knowing you'll need to dig yourself out of emails and catching up on projects. I was able to read this awesome book while on vacation and surprisely, by just applying a few key steps even just in the beginning of the book, it really made a difference in the week that I came back.
I was more motivated because I identified my 'power hours' and the times of day that I'm more focused without scheduling meetings on top of those. I set clearer boundaries for work and life, so even though I was catching up, I wasn't cramming in so much that my personal life was suffering (keeping the balance and not taking extra from another priority).
This book came at just the right time for me. Not only do I know how to approach busy weeks systematically but thoroughly, I'm more accomplished and feel complete in my final deliveries. You can't get more time in the day, but at least you can use your time wisely without letting it fly away.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mike de Libero on October 8, 2010
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JD's advice is very effective and pragmatic. From the very start of this book there is useful information for anyone trying to get more value out of their day. While many different systems seem to come up with elaborate schemes JD's way goes in the opposite direction trying to make it as simple as possible for a person to kick butt and take names during the day, week, month and year. Especially in this day and age of information overload and being pulled in far too many directions at once, JD's advice gives a refreshing view on a simple way to take control of your day.

I would urge anyone wanting to get things done to read this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grace on July 9, 2013
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I really like his simple approach to goal setting and productivity. Unfortunately, the book doesn't read as simply. It tends to repeat concepts several times throughout the book which makes it hard to read quickly and find the new information he's adding as the book progresses. I don't know if this method of writing speaks to someone's learning style or if it is filler, but a more concise way of presenting the information would have been better. I actually learned more from the blogs he wrote about the book because they are presented with more precision.
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