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18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done Kindle Edition
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Another reason I put it in the "bathroom book" category is that there are not a lot of interactive exercises or challenges. It's just "Hey, think about this concept."
I've rated it three stars because, while it's not an awful book and the writing is quite good, the concepts tend to be platitudes on the level of "follow your passion", and there's not much actionable in it. Plus, I knew almost all the jokes used to start chapters, and I'd heard similar stories too. Combined with the platitudinal nature of the concepts, I just didn't feel like I learned much. If you have not read other self-improvement books, you might not have that problem. This one wouldn't be horrible as your first one, but you would want to get others for some depth to really get benefit, I think.
If you want something more substantial, I'd suggest either Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life if you want something general about ramping up your success, or The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism if you are more interested in the public sides of your career.
However. There are some great takeaways from this book. It's worth the read just to get the system down. It works immediately.
Step 1. Work from a world of having 3-7 goals (max) each year.
Step 2. Spend 95% a day on your goals, and 5% a day on that crap you have to do, like emails and calls.
Step 3. Follow the daily regimen to check in with yourself each hour, at end of day ETC.
Overall the value of the book comes to help RECENTER you. That's the gift you receive from reading it. If you're a fan of this topic, the 2 other books that I found were super valuable was 12 weeks, and Manage Your Day To Day. SUPER VALUABLE!
The points he makes are indeed useful. If you put them into practice, you WILL overcome distraction, gain more focus, utilize time more wisely, and structure your life so that it achieves YOUR goals. The author helps you break free from the self-imprisonment of unfulfilling jobs we fear to lose and simultaneously hate, and/or the stagnation and failure we accept from life daily.
While the bulk of the book is common sense and includes nothing revolutionary, reading this book is worthwhile. We have to be reminded of the simple acts that will yield complicated changes in our lives.
So, while I recommend this book especially to those new to the self-help section; I also am of the opinion that we all need to be reminded of these helpful plans, procedures, and ways of rethinking our lives.
The author writes very well. He does not bog us down in bull. He gets right to the point. He has multiple good, useful points. How can you go wrong? Try it out. It will help you start down the road to change. I promise. Good book.