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Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (The 99U Book Series) [Kindle Edition]

Jocelyn K. Glei , 99U
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Book Description

Stop doing busywork. Start doing your best work.

Are you over-extended, over-distracted, and overwhelmed? Do you work at a breakneck pace all day, only to find that you haven’t accomplished the most important things on your agenda when you leave the office?

The world has changed and the way we work has to change, too. With wisdom from 20 leading creative minds, Manage Your Day-to-Day will give you a toolkit for tackling the new challenges of a 24/7, always-on workplace.

Featuring contributions from: Dan Ariely, Leo Babauta, Scott Belsky, Lori Deschene, Aaron Dignan, Erin Rooney Doland, Seth Godin,Todd Henry, Christian Jarrett, Scott McDowell, Mark McGuinness, Cal Newport, Steven Pressfield, Gretchen Rubin, Stefan Sagmeister, Elizabeth G. Saunders, Tony Schwartz, Tiffany Shlain, Linda Stone, and James Victore. Plus, a foreword from Behance founder & CEO Scott Belsky.



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About the Author

99U is on a mission to provide the "missing curriculum" that every creative person and team needs to make ideas happen. 99U is part of Behance, a team devoted to empowering and connecting the creative world.

In this ongoing book series, 99U shares pragmatic, action-oriented insights that are designed to help you become a better manager of your ideas, your time, and your creative career. Dozens of thought-leaders and creatives have contributed to the series, including Seth Godin, Gretchen Rubin, Stefan Sagmeister, Tony Schwartz, Steven Pressfield, Scott Belsky, Leo Babauta, Tina Seelig, Jonathan Fields, Teresa Amabile, Frans Johansson, and many more.

The series is edited by Jocelyn K. Glei, Director and Editor-in-Chief of 99U. Jocelyn oversees the 99u.com website—which has won two Webby Awards for "Best Cultural Blog"—and leads the curation and execution of the popular 99U Conference. Prior to joining 99U, Jocelyn was the global managing editor at the online media company Flavorpill. She is passionate about creating content-driven products that people love.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1320 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon Publishing (May 21, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B77UE4W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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297 of 312 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Productivity Sound-Bites May 13, 2013
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Summary: There are a lot of very good strategies and recommendations which make this book worth reading, but the brevity and lack of in-depth treatment are frustrating, resulting in a book that is less than what it could be.

This is a brief book with a number of contributors. Since there is no one answer for all people out there, hearing from a number of people their strategies for getting things accomplished is a nice change, compared to numerous single-author single-plan productivity books that are out there. However, there is some consistency of perspective, and some themes, such as reducing distractions, repeat across many contributors. You probably already know much of what is in here, but seeing the ways in which you are not maximizing your productivity in black and white (and red) brings them to the foreground where you cannot ignore them.

From the description, I was expecting a longer book with more in-depth articles. There are some gems of observations and ideas here, but the contributions are unsatisfyingly brief. Most offer general strategies rather than specific helpful steps, many of which you already know (e.g. "Kill the background noise - Turn off your phone, email, .... ", the distinction between creative work and reactive work, etc.). It is not bad for what it is, but, as a fan of several of the contributors, I was hoping for so much more (ymmv), though I did find the book useful for honing my to-do lists. Most of them feel like brief excerpts from longer works. Just when an article gets going, I turn the page, and POOF !!, it is over.

However, you can read this book as a collection of useful suggestions & observations, some of which will hit the spot for you, and some which will not.
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120 of 125 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Manage Your Day-to-Day May 4, 2013
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"Manage Your Day-to-Day" by Jocelyn Glei, with contributions from various creative minds, is a good read for anyone wanting to improve their creativity and seeking more control over their lives. The book is around 240 pages and has around 22 chapters containing suggestions from folks in the creative thinking community. Some of the contributors have multiple inputs for the book and each chapter is around 8-10 pages.

Among some of the more helpful points for me covered include:

1. Drawing a line between the world's demands and your own ambitions.
2. We can accomplish much by working slowly and consistently over a long period of time.
3. Setting a daily routine by regularly and reliably doing your work in an habitual way.
4. We are not designed to operate at high speeds for long periods of time.
5. Blocking off time for focused creative effort.
6. Multitasking is overrated (I say "AMEN" to that!!!).
7. Suggestions for improving self-control.
8. Being involved in the moment enhances your creativity.
9. Many people want success in so much haste that they do not take time to be true to themselves (what good does it do to gain the whole world if you lose your soul in the process?).
10. Disengagement from a situation may provide a solution for your problem.

The book is a delightful read and may be completed in a few sittings. I will often refer to the book when needing either an inspiration or reminder of how to access creativity. Except for one instance of a four-letter word from one of the contributors, the book's content was clean.

Recommended.
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157 of 166 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Keeper May 7, 2013
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This is one of those books that you want to keep around and refer to when you feel you're getting bogged down with "stuff". It's a collection of essays/articles on time management and life/work balance from various authors. Some are practical, others based on scientific studies but all are easy to read and full of ideas for working and living better. Many of the articles refer to creative work, particularly writing, but in my opinion, all work is creative and these tips will work for everyone.

Since I read these types of books/articles a lot, I was surprised to find so many new insights - and to actually feel energized. I'm guessing it's because instead of being "the one method you must use", there are very many viewpoints, tips and suggestions. Some of them seem contradictory - like work for hours vs work in short blocks - but as you read the essays, some will resonate with you as "the way" that will work for you.
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108 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Lessons for Success May 1, 2013
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Being highly successful in life is not about achieving a certain goal or status in life. A successful life is about a series of successful days. If we can make each day successful, then we will have a successful life. While that is simple in theory, putting it into practice can be quite challenging. In some respects, advances in technology have made life easier, but with that comes an increasing number of distractions. It becomes more difficult to stay focused. Our attention is pulled in so many different directions that we often allow the urgent to trump the important.

Manage Your Day-to-Day is a collection of short essays that can help you regain your focus on the important things in your own life. The book is a breeze to read. The authors are well-known, highly successful people with widely varied backgrounds. Much of the focus of the book is on developing creativity for authors or artists. The lessons are equally applicable to entrepreneurs.

One of the more important lessons is about how most people start their day. For most people, the morning is their highly creative, highly productive time of day. Yet most people spend the first part of their day checking email and Facebook. From there it is easy to waste our most productive/creative energy answering emails and liking/sharing Facebook comments. There are plenty of excellent suggestions on ways to alter your behaviors so that you are managing your time rather than reacting to someone else's requests.

There are plenty of brilliant truths in this book. Some are in the quotations between the essays. Others are just part of the essays and it might take some careful reading to find them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming common sense advice
This book didn't really read like a book, but more like a series of blog posts. Being a fan of 99U myself, I had hoped that this book would capture the spirit of 99U's creative... Read more
Published 1 day ago by musicwonder
4.0 out of 5 stars helpful
Good, practical insights on everything from time management to perfectionism. Definitely some helpful nuggets in here. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Michael Kelsey
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome Help
This is a very good that keeps you honest and with some tough love. Practicing these things will change the way you operate and changes the places you can go.
Published 3 days ago by NageshDotCom
5.0 out of 5 stars There are some really great insights that I'm already putting into...
Kind of a must have for anyone looking to set out on their own. There are some really great insights that I'm already putting into practice. Highly recommended.
Published 4 days ago by lisa wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy with it!
5 stars for me. Perfect planning.
Published 4 days ago by Jamison ^^
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book. Very useful. Common sensical approaches that are doable and reasonable. Very useful!!!
Published 7 days ago by Svante Johansson
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not organized
All of the advice in Day-to-Day was both relevant and useful, but I really didn't like the writing style at all... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book offers practical strategies to manage your day to day activities. I enjoyed the diversity of the ideas provided. Read more
Published 27 days ago by DB
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sampler Platter
This is a great book in and of itself, with quick chapters build around a concept, each written by interesting thought leaders. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly the Creative Inspiration I Needed
I was waiting in line at my local FedEx store and happened to browse the book section. Am I glad I did. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sara Derksen
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