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The Other 8 Hours: Maximize Your Free Time to Create New Wealth & Purpose Hardcover – January 20, 2010

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“Just one simple decision--to become a cre8tor--is enough to change your life for the better. Robert makes the case why this is the best path, for all of us.” ―Seth Godin, Author of Linchpin and Tribes

“Pagliarini (The Six-Day Financial Makeover) refreshes a tired premise with a snappy style that helps readers prioritize their commitments and divest their energies accordingly. Simple exercises target "LifeLeeches," insidious activities that suck up free time--video games, meaningless meetings, social media, porn, and (rather bizarrely) reading and carpooling--in order to dedicate those freed up hours to make extra money, develop more job-related skills, blog for cash, expand a creative or entrepreneurial venture, or simply engage in more fulfilling hobbies. A large portion of the book is focused on becoming what the author calls a "Cre8tor," someone who does not just settle for a paycheck but creates their own financial life. Even readers perfectly at peace with their career and paycheck will find the tips and a companion Web site, featuring downloadable templates for time management and a "Goal Achievement Plan," useful catalysts for further professional and personal growth.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Most of us don't make great use of our 'non-work' hours. This book can help you change that. It's filled with great advice on how to devote those in-between hours to more enriching, energizing and rewarding pursuits.” ―Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New World

“My many years as a productivity coach and educator have convinced me that the greatest gains in our lives are most often achieved because of small things that we begin to do consistently that are highly strategic for us. Robert's book is a treasure-trove of such "small things." He's mined the bandwidth of our day to day lives for the underused portions where real treasures lie. Very good stuff here” ―David Allen, author, Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity and Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life

“The Other Eight Hours identifies universal roadblocks and limitations, then provides the reader with tangible tools that can easily translate to real world experience. Pagliarini shows us how to achieve a whole new level of happiness and fulfillment with a remarkable ability to speak to the reader in a way they can relate to.” ―Kim Barnouin, co-author of Skinny Bitch

“The Other 8 Hours soars with crisp advice, mind bending ideas and stories that will move you to action. The book captures the obvious self-empowerment opportunity we've been too busy to notice: You can own your life if you want to. Read it and take back the best part of your life.” ―Tim Sanders, author of Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business & Influence Friends

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About the Author

ROBERT PAGLIARINI is obsessed with making the most of his other 8 hours to create an ideal life. He's also obsessed with sharing what he knows, inspiring others to achieve their ideal life, and learning from others who are improving their lives. A Certified Financial Planner™ with a master's degree in financial services, he is the president of Pacifica Wealth Advisors, a boutique wealth management firm recently ranked one of the top in the nation, and the author of the The Six-Day Financial Makeover and the ebook, Plan Z: How to Survive the 2009 Financial Crisis (and even live a little better). Robert has appeared as a financial expert on 20/20, Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, ABC Morning News, NPR's Marketplace and in The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Money Magazine and many others. Robert lives with his wife and daughter in Orange County, California. On most Sundays you'll find them at Saddleback Church, and occasionally at Disneyland.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1St Edition edition (January 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,359,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I think this book is well written, and it certainly explores a VERY interesting concept. What it doesn't provide is a roadmap for folks whose lives don't fit nicely into the 8 hour pie - 8 hours work, 8 hours sleep and 8 hours to develop your life. I'm over-simplifying but you can get the point.

My 8 hours to develop my life go about like this: 2 hours commuting, daily, watching my two toddlers after work, dinner, laundry, cleaning, and then there's shopping, car maintenance. So, I watch TV - EXHAUSTED at 9 pm for 1 hour while I wait for the sleeping meds to work and the dryer to finish. And I am back at it again, starting at 4:45 am. I am so damn wiped by 9 pm - it was kind of insulting to me to be told to work on my life. And I don't even watch TV every night - a lot of nights I read for a bit.

On my commute - I make sure the ipod is packed with lots of great learning materials - that's a no-brainer. Anyone with an hour commute has figured this out, usually their first week. That was a useful tip - but everyone already knows it.

The chapter on swapping off time for other people doing your tasks - like I cook three meals - and my one neighbor does something for us and then the other neighbor does something else for us - for the meal. OMG - WHAT FRIGGGGIN world is the author living in???

I guess the book left me kind of outraged. And desperate - because I thought this could be a bit of a roadmap, or at least I get some ideas. I didn't.

Although a lot of other people did. And if you are watching 5 hours of TV EVERY night - this book had better speak to you - and loudly.

But on the other hand,if you have kids, are pretty much carrying the entire world on your back and commuting quite a bit - and really need your job - this might not be the best book for you. I was kind of annoyed, felt preached at and now feel pretty bad that I should be doing more.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm pretty shocked at the generally high reviews of this book. While I found there to be some vaguely useful tips, in general it's pretty long winded and short on usable info. In particular the folksy story that started each chapter were useless. The frequent references to church and the bible are fairly annoying and borderline preachy. How is it that he manages to incorporate faith in almost every chapter of a book on how to maximize your time??

In short I would say that if it hasn't occurred to you that watching less television would be a good way to increase productivity in the other 8 hours of your day, then you could probably benefit from reading this book. If you're already somewhat analytical about how you're spending your time, then this book might be a waste of your time.

I'm giving it a star for some useful websites that could be helpful in starting a business, but even then his treatment of how business are started isn't particularly thorough. He frequently mentions angel investors vs. VC investors without describing the important differences between the two. Is the author assuming his audience who doesn't know video games are a time suck already aware of the differences in these two important funding sources for getting their business off the ground?? Throughout the book the author recommends putting together an e-book to test the waters for your business idea, and in the end this book reads like a bunch of 20 page e-books compiled in to a collection of tips, not a comprehensive study on time management.

DO NOT PAY FOR THIS BOOK. Get it from your local library. The small amount of useful information is not worth the space it will occupy on your bookshelf.
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Format: Hardcover
When I first heard of the book I thought. Oh no, now a time management system that figures out what to do instead of sleep - which for me would be the other 8 hours (well actually, I would rarely sleep that long).

But the gist of The Other 8 Hours discussed in the book are the hours that you're not sleeping and not working. So it's the time after work essentially.

I think the book would be more appropriately targeted to those who have a job. To those who, like myself, work for themselves or are serious executives, working much more hours than full time jobs, the book is not as appropriate.
The gist of the message I completely agree with and that is get off the couch and learn something or do something with the other 8 hours. That's the best and easiest way to get ahead. One of the reasons this works for getting ahead is so many other people simply sit on the couch with the channel changer.

In addition to that basic thesis, the book is chock full of time saving ideas, like use two monitors. I learned this from my years at SYNNEX and it's very tough to work with just one monitor after you've used two.

The book talks about the things that steal productivity, listing a huge long list of things that maybe don't need to be done.

One reason might be appropriate for people who have a job is much of the talk is about money and how to make more or save more money, with lots of tips. It's a good book, well written, well organized, easy to read.

Whenever I give my Time Management presentation, my goal is always to have people leave with two or three habits that they continue doing and are doing six weeks after the presentation. I don't consider my presentation to be a success unless this happens.

This book has so many ideas I would think only people who use the most polished of systems wouldn't be able to get a few ideas they could use. I found the book very reinforcing.
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