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Product Details

  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Diversion Books; 1 edition (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626810079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626810075
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,284,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mike Vardy is a husband, father, writer, podcaster, speaker, and "productivityist".

In addition to writing for Productivityist.com, he continues to contribute guest articles to several blogs on the topic of productivity, time, and task management, including 99u, The Huffington Post, SUCCESS Magazine, and Lifehacker. He has served as Managing Editor at Lifehack, and as an editor at The Next Web and WorkAwesome.

Along with his written work, he has given talks on productivity and technology, including a TEDx talk and facilitating a three-day workshop for creativeLIVE. He currently co-hosts the Mikes on Mics podcast with Michael Schechter, a podcast that is part of the popular 5by5 network.

Mike lives in Victoria, BC, Canada with his amazing wife, daughter, and son.

Customer Reviews

Pick this book up and absorb it cover to cover.
Cody W
It's a quick read and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn to be more productive - this is a great primer.
Thanh Pham
It helps that the pace of the book is very fast, and Mike has written it very well, really enjoyable and useful.
Arin Basu

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. McCaa on November 14, 2013
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not much new here. was like wading through miles of unnecessary metaphor for a kernel here and there. was worth the couple of bucks for a couple of useful ideas, but maybe not worth the time to skim through all the fluff.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Ursillo Jr. on December 30, 2012
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Mike Vardy's THE FRONT NINE is an intelligent productivity book that bridges a beloved sports analogy with the ever-popular subjects of personal productivity and task- and skill-management. Vardy opens THE FRONT NINE by laying out a three-step process (each step represents one of the three sections of the book) that guides the reader to start executing upon resolutions, ideas, projects and goals through simple tactics and intelligent methods that guide you to seeing those goals through to completion.

What distinguishes THE FRONT NINE from other productivity books I've read is Vardy's approach to teaching productivity through foundational concepts of personal development and human psychology -- things like the practical, simple but oft-overlooked strategies behind confident decision-making and understanding personal priorities before pursuing meaningful goals.

True to form, THE FRONT NINE wishes to help its readers create meaningful work through productivity, and so the book continually speaks to the reader in meaningful ways. Throughout THE FRONT NINE, Vardy's voice and tone are refreshingly friendly and engaging, and I felt the author speaking to the reader like a friend instead of a productivity line. To me, that matters a lot. And if you enjoy reading great content that helps you create more meaningful work (in spite of our busy and noisy world), THE FRONT NINE will keep you "teeing up" hole after hole, no matter the weather.
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Productivityist Mike Vardy put together this guide to help those who might be stalling, not sure where to start in order to reach a goal, change a habit, or complete a project. While Vardy often writes about productivity -- getting the most out of your time -- The Front Nine is more about making the time you have work for you.

I'm not a golfer, but but the metaphor that Vardy carries through the book works: from teeing off to finishing on the green and even how to deal with hazards. While some of the advice seems almost obvious, there is enough insight in this short book to generate some aHa moments, especially for those facing a bigger project that they are having trouble breaking down into its components.

While many people start fresh or start something new in January, Vardy argues you can get your start any time you want with just a little planning, practice, and follow through.
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Whether you're a productivity pro looking to up your game or a newbie just getting your feet wet (I'm somewhere in between the two), I found The Front Nine to be an inspiring and accessible guide to a better organized life. I've read a few productivity books prior to this one, but The Front Nine does a great job giving advice that can be applied to many areas - health, business, fitness, etc. One particular interesting point the author brings up is how you can use "emotion-specific" contexts in your to-do list to increase both meaning and productivity.

Golf is used as a metaphor throughout the book, but you certainly don't need to have played in order understand and implement the ideas!
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By Patrick Rhone on January 20, 2013
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Mike Vardy is well known in personal productivity circles for his laid back approach and fearless experimentation. Yet, he never loses track of the basics. He knows how to plan the work and work the plan all the while having a bit of fun along the way. This is a great book and worth your time and attention.
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While the golf metaphor and new year framework included in this book will prove helpful for many, it was Vardy's ability to clearly present sensible insights into the often senseless advice of productivity that resonated. The Front Nine is a great book for those who struggle to get at the root of what is important when it comes to a better way to do your work. If you're looking for straightforward and useful advice that will help "improve your game", tee up and start here.
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The Front Nine is a very accessible book on productivity. Mike Vardy talks in plain English how you can start right now to get your life in high productivity gear. He uses a golf analogy throughout the whole book to illustrate the points. I really like that sort of reading (like how Switch by the Heath Brothers). Don't expect a how-to book but a conceptual book to get you thinking and in the right direction. It's a quick read and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn to be more productive - this is a great primer.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 19, 2013
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Mike has always given out great advice on how to be more productive. While what works for one person, doesn't always work with another, I've found that the more you read about what does work for people, the quicker you find out what will work for you.

While I'm not a golf fan, the use of golf in this book works perfectly. Plus, if you try something from the book and it doesn't work for you, simply call a mulligan and move foward.
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