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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a graphic designer and this is probably one of my favorite books. This was a very insight and quick read!Published 5 days ago by Jonathan Landis
This book is a Great read for anyone who wants motivation, clarity, and some advice on how to manage their super busy day to day.Published 11 days ago
In the world we live in today has a lot of distractions, temptations and work that can keep us away from personal life and become the most productive and creative person that we... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Alexandra Karenina Arabelo
This book has given me some great productivity habits to work with. If you need help staying focused and getting started on work, this book has the keys. Thank you 99u!Published 15 days ago by Mr. W15
I had a hard time staying interested in this book, ironically.Published 19 days ago by Edward McKim
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