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Stop. Looking. For. New. Shiny. Objects.
What novelties do you expect after several thousand years of human history?!? You don't need anything new, you need to implement what you've learned so far and it will be enough for the next century!
And To-Do List Makeover provides exactly that - implementation. Yes, there is lot of elements of GTD system included in the book, but they are all explained and enriched by the author's experience.
Unfortunately, both GTD and this book are not a good fit for a corporate slave (that's me). They both are targeted more to the people who actually can manage their own schedule. Mine gets blown away with the frustrating regularity.
Having said that, I still find several positives in this book:
- it's a quick and easy read; I completed 80% of it during a single commute
- the book is packed with actionable advice
- I found the author's approach to his content very refreshing; instead of preaching his genius, he recommends to pick just a few items that will work for you
By far the most valuable part of the book is the last chapter: How to Create a To-Do List That Get Results. I'm pretty proficient in managing my time, I get a lot things done every day, but I often find myself frustrated by the long list of items not marked off of my to-do list. The advice in this chapter is broken down to the smallest pieces and extremely detailed. I'll re-read it several more times, making notes and picking the tiny actions that can improve my process.
My biggest takeaway: the weekly review. I've never done it before. Big mistake.
Summarizing: even if you are far from being the successful entrepreneur model that S.J. is, you will still find some advice which you can actually implement.
I am using Evernote more fully but I am making my weekly list on paper still so I can see the big picture. It's definitely a work in process so I appreciate how quickly I can read books on my Kindle app; I plan to re-read this book several times this year to ensure that my new habits really stick.
I didn't finish the book yet; however, I'm satisfied with the content consisting of down-to-earth advises and examples.
This book is excellent for both those who prefer paper-based systems and those whose lives are digital.
I've read about eight books on productivity and time management and this is without a doubt the easiest and most practical.
S.J. Scott also shares links and references to other organizatioal "experts" and systems that have proven themselves for those willing to do the work.
I enjoyed reading this book and smiled to know I already have some of these systems in place.
A refresher is always welcome and motivating.