18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction and Get the Right Things Done Kindle Edition
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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). But this time I focused not just on the INSIGHTS I gained, but on the ACTIONS I want, and need, and plan to take -- both personally and professionally, including the creation of my own personalized/customized version of the Bregman "Six Box Planning Tool" (page 118). If you take nothing else from this book (and I doubt that would happen), this tool alone will help you organize your to-do list, focus, and get things (the right things!) done. But like any tool, it's all about the using. Good intentions and proper planning will get you started; dedication, execution, follow-through, resilience, and a commitment to excellence is what gets results. I just upgraded my rating from 4-stars to 5-stars for this terrific book.
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 everyone seems to complain about lack of available time in a given day and studies confirm that the availability of time continues to shrink as obligations increase and leisure plummets. Often, even with their best efforts, individuals cannot find time to get everything done. But 18 Minutes is ready to help. It is here to assist time strapped individuals by helping them first sort through the time- absorbing clutter and then focusing on what needs to be accomplished here and now. It helps the reader first decide on important goals before it then launches into its advice on how best to set and maintain a schedule in the long term, then the short term.
Time management is nothing new and dozens of authors have come forward with books about planning, organizing, and executing in a way that will maximize the efficiencies of any given day. Most of these books are quite similar, but 18 Minutes is a little different/better in its approach. Probably the main thing that sets this book apart is its advice on how to first prioritize tasks and eliminate the ones that are not necessary. Other time management books base their advice on the assumption that everything on your schedule is there because it matters and therefore an allotment of time must be set aside for its completion. This book, in contrast, points out that a common cause for lack of total accomplishment is the fact that there are items on the task list that are either unrealistic or that are so insignificant they will never get finished. 18 Minutes recommends first cleaning up the task list by deleting these items and then focusing on what matters most.
This book is comprised of short chapters and I like the anecdotal approach they take. Rather than simply state a concept and explain how it works, the book instead tells some type of story; something that the reader can use to relate or better understand a specific point. The chapters then explain the concept and why it is important to approach it in a specific way. Each chapter closes with a quick, one sentence summary enclosed in a text box for easy reference. This is a better approach than the more academic- style books that will often state something in plain, dry language without relating it in any way. This book's approach is more interesting to read and it makes the key points easy to comprehend, relate, and apply.
I like what this book has to say about time management and I agree that most anyone could benefit from reading it, even if only in a small way. If I had to voice one small piece of criticism, it would be toward the book's tendency to take the idea of time management a bit far, in some instances. One good example is the book's advice to set the hourly chime on your cell phone and then, as the chime sounds each hour, assess what has and has not been accomplished over the past sixty minutes. This seems a tad much and it would likely result in a net increase of stress for many people because the strain of thinking about and assessing the previous hour would cause more stress than the stress such an action would eliminate. Of course, the author himself would likely be the first to admit that not everything covered in the book needs to be followed to a tee. Flexibility is important and needs to be incorporated into any time management strategy.
Time is in short supply and this book is a very good guide for prioritizing, organizing, and then working on the things that really matter in both work and life. The ideas presented in this book won't always apply to every person and in every situation, but the book still has many good points and the majority of individuals would do well if they listened to even a fraction of what it says.