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The Front Nine: How to Start the Year You Want Anytime You Want Paperback – December 25, 2012
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Mike Vardy is a husband, father, writer, speaker, podcaster, and productivityist. He has served as the Managing Editor at Lifehack, and contributed articles on productivity to Lifehacker, The Next Web, and GTD Times. He is also the author of The Front Nine: How To Start The Year You Want Anytime You Want, published by Diversion Books. You can keep up with him at his blog, Productivityist.com, and learn more about his other work at MikeVardy.com.
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HOWEVER, the following has no connection to reality or golf, and distracts greatly from the central message of this book (that you can start your "year" -- make your changes -- any time you want. Oh, and holes 4-13 are TEN holes!):
"So, if you're going to play some golf with your friends and you are late, showing up by the time they reach the 4th hole, then your front nine are holes four through thirteen. And when the final scores are tallied, your scores will be based on the same amount of holes, but not on the exact same holes."
Vardy, Mike (2014-01-15). The Front Nine: How to Start the Year You Want Anytime You Want (p. 6). Diversion Books. Kindle Edition.
I'm not a golfer, but but the metaphor that Vardy carries through the book works: from teeing off to finishing on the green and even how to deal with hazards. While some of the advice seems almost obvious, there is enough insight in this short book to generate some aHa moments, especially for those facing a bigger project that they are having trouble breaking down into its components.
While many people start fresh or start something new in January, Vardy argues you can get your start any time you want with just a little planning, practice, and follow through.
The Front Nine takes the metaphor of a game of golf and uses it to illustrate approaching and launching projects (or starting a year) in your business. He uses this metaphor to show you how you don't just have to start a 'new year' on January 1st like everyone else, you can start a new year or new project any time you want.</p>
Mike Vardy (of <a href="http://productivityist.com/">Productivityist</a>) splits up a project or a year's progress in to 3 stages mapped to a game of golf.</p>
The Drive is where you start your project. It's where you survey the landscape and the possible obstacles to make sure that your first shot puts you in the best position as you start out and head to The Fairway.</p>
This is where people spend most of their time, traveling towards the goal with obstacles (like rough grass, sand traps, water...) all around them.</p>
The goal is to make progress, avoid the obstacles and continue to make "strategic, efficient, and effective progress as you go."</p>
This is that last 10% of your year or project, which seems to take just as much time as the first 90% of the year/project.</p>
Not only do you need to finish strong here, but you need to stop and reflect on the strategies that got you here. What went well, what didn't? What will you do different next time?</p>
I think this book as a bunch of great points, but I struggled with the golf metaphor at times. I don't golf and thus really didn't connect with the metaphor.</p>
It felt like the book was about golf more than a new year sometimes, unlike works like The Legend of Bagger Vance which had a story and some golf happened. In Bagger Vance you were still always firmly rooted in the story and point not in the golf.</p>
Despite the golf metaphor pushing to hard sometimes, I think that there are a bunch of good points in here for anyone that wants productive years and wants to launch projects.</p>
My favourite is that the first step (The Drive) is just that, make the first step and get started. Don't sit and be paralyzed about what may happen. Gather appropriate information then start.</p>
Way to many people just gather, gather, gather and try to pass of the gathering as progress. It's not, it's procrastination.</p>
My second big takeaway can be found in this quote.</p>
""A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove . . . but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child." - The Front Nine</p>
Live your eulogy and you're not going to care if people thought you were a good coder/designer/yak farmer. Your going to care that they knew you loved your family, friends and community.</p>
So don't let work push those priorities out of your life.</p>