18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction and Get the Right Things Done Kindle Edition
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--His advice comes from years of experience with his consulting clients, his family and himself. I have reason to believe that the principles he gives us are well-tested.
--His tips can be implemented immediately. You don't have to overhaul your whole life, buy a bunch of folders, hire a coach, or change your name to Anandananda. You can get down to business and get results today.
--Every chapter starts with an anecdote to put that particular tip in context and make it more memorable. We tend to remember stories better than straight-up didactic teaching, so this is a great technique.
--He summarizes the highlights of what he's covered after every section and again at the end of the book. This kind of repetition makes it much more likely that I'll retain the material (and, incidentally, all non-fiction authors would do well to use this technique).
Some of the tips I've started to implement already:
-- Figure out the 5 top things this next year is going to be about, and do those things.
-- Be more social in all my work-related activities. Make it about other people as much as possible.
-- Instead of having my usual automatic reaction in response to an event, think "What end result do I want to get out of this situation?" and then take the action that aligns with that bigger outcome. This is a game-changer when it comes to business and personal relations.
-- Assert what makes you different! Quirkiness is the thing that makes you more useful and marketable, so think of it as an asset instead of a liability. Same with your weaknesses.
-- Have a reminder system (the "waiting list") for all the people you expect to hear back from. Then follow up with them!
-- The 18 min system itself. Read the books to get the components of that.
-- "Don't settle for imperfect. Shoot for it." Genius!
On top of it all, Bregman's got a lighthearted writing style that makes for a quick and easy read. If you feel ready to make some small changes that stand to give you huge, long-term payoffs, I recommend that you make the tips in "18 Minutes" a part of your daily routine.
--Dr Ali Binazir, Happiness Engineer and author of The Tao of Dating: The Smart Woman's Guide to Being Absolutely Irresistible, the highest-rated dating book on Amazon for 157 weeks
stimulating and helpful.