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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
Reading this brought attention to areas forgotten. When something isn't working, it can be hard to admit. Reminder to focus, rid self of distractions. Easy book to readPublished 9 days ago by Lcal
I read this twice. So much information and practical tips and advice, it was difficult for me to pick it all up the first time through. Read morePublished 18 days ago by BC
Excellent easy to read, and I bought 4 more copies for managers at our office.Published 1 month ago by Purchased for myself
Excellent advice in a workable framework. The tone is motivational without excessive hype. Applying his advice works from the very first chapter. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Peter H. Smith
Hope my girlfriend read it. If not, well, I can't blame the manufacturer!Published 2 months ago by Thomas C. Lent
Fabulous book! His stories and tips provide truly valuable tips and wisdom! I highly recommend it!Published 3 months ago by Patty Lawenda
Excellent book. He gave a lot of examples that were pertinent & interesting.Published 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago by Amazon Customer