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The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day And Control Your Life Hardcover – Unabridged, September 1, 2015
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Everybody wants to live the perfect life but fail to understand you do that by designing and living the perfect day, day after day. This book shows you exactly what you have to do to create that day. --Larry Winget, author of Grow a Pair
Like his site Early to Rise, Craig's book relies on ancient wisdom and classic thinkers - including my favorite, the Stoics - to help you organize your day and run your life. --Ryan Holiday, author of The Obstacle Is the Way
This is a good, smart book about not just personal productivity - but also achievement and balance and happiness in life. Craig's approach is, like all good approaches, both personal and universal. I will recommend this to friends and colleagues. --Mark Ford, founder of EarlyToRise.com
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Craig Ballantyne has helped over 10,000 high performers and thought leaders with The Perfect Day Formula book and kit. He shows entrepreneurs and executives how to achieve extraordinary results in every area of life and have a bigger impact on the world, all while having more quality time for their families. Craig is the owner of the Denver-based personal development organization, Early To Rise (ETR). His daily wisdom reach over 150,000 readers and teaches people how to build their wealth, improve their health, and become the best version of themselves. Craig is also the co-author of The Cardio Myth, and creator of the groundbreaking fat-loss workout systems, Turbulence Training and Home Workout Revolution. He has been a contributing author to Men's Health magazine since 2000. Today he is dedicated to ETR's 10 Million Mission of helping ten million men and women transform their lives before 2020. Craig has a Master of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and continues to apply the latest in high-performance research to help his readers improve their lives.
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Author Craig Ballantyne shows you how to manage attitudes and activities to create a perfect day, and that’s what makes this book different from others in this genre.
One thing that appealed to me about this book is that Craig’s advice, which is in fact very much geared toward entrepreneurs, is the same advice I’ve heard from some of the best and most prolific writers in the world, and that is to master your mornings. I’ve known a few night owls who have reached the pinnacle of success in their fields, but I’ve found that is more the exception than the rule. There seems to be something magical about getting it done in the morning and Craig’s book explains how and why.
A second plus, for me at least, is that this book is short and to the point. The total length is only 153 pages. I feel that if an author is going to write a book on productivity, time management or controlling your days, it must be concise, to practice what the author preaches and to respect the reader’s time. I recently read a New York Times Bestselling book on productivity which was almost 300 pages and it could have been half the length because half of it was filled with anecdotes (no doubt required by the publisher, to fluff the book up to the “proper length.”)
A third aspect of this book that resonated with me was Craig’s references to stoic philosophy, of which I am a big reader and fan. Anyone else who has read the likes of Epictetus and enjoyed the reading, will surely also enjoy Craig’s approach to productivity and mastering your mornings and days.
Other parts of the book that stood out to me included the advice on rituals, life rules, scripting, responsibility, habits, beating procrastination, managing email and knowing not just what to do, but what NOT to do.
Although I don’t plan to go to bed at 8 pm and get up at 4 am as Craig does (and he doesn’t demand that you do either), I have taken his advice and started getting up earlier than I was before and devoting that “found time” to writing or to marketing and product creation work that will impact the bottom line of my business.
I have to say, there really is something about getting it done early. That goes for business and creative work, just as it does for health and fitness.
The idea of energy has been broached by other authors, but this author gives you a way to capitalize on this aspect, by focusing on your mornings as your uber important moment in the day. Also the idea of planning this morning the day before is simply brilliant, it allows you to plan during the end of the previous day at your low energy point, then the next morning no excuses, you act on that list like a unrelenting automaton. I am very analytical and I find it difficult making complex decisions, but I know I make those the day before, then during that morning it is about sticking to the list and following the Action Plan. I cannot relate how useful this has been, like a light bulb going on when I heard it, it was like, wow that makes perfect sense, and why I struggle so much with procrastination.
Several other books I highly recommend for their own contributions
1. Simple Rules ( Hull & Eisenhardt ) Craig uses this technique, w/o referencing it,but this book is amazing for highlighting the value of simple rules for cognitive performance.
2. The War of Art ( Pressfield ) if you are a person who makes a living with open ended creative driven projects like writing, this book changes your way of thinking about the task, eye opening, and right on point. Resistance kills your book in the crib, if you are not careful.
3. Grit ( Duckworth ) This book shows how talent is overrated, that passion and perseverance are more important to success, amazing scientific treatise on a soft science topic that is extremely important to people; stunning that this was not known sooner, but at least we now know.
4. The Obstacle is the Way ( Holiday ) This book basically says effort is a habit, and avoiding effort is not the way, the way is accepting that effort needed, and earning the reward. In a world so focused on the easy way out, this book again, says human nature needs to embrace the effort required and get on with the job. The hard way, is the right way, don't be shy of difficulty, and reap the rewards.
Remember the Rules you use are specific to you, and may require modification throughout your life, allow for changes and refinements over time, but always review daily, find the right balance between inflexible and flexible in your rules.
This book capitalizes on the fact that willpower is limited, and Rules & Routines require less willpower over time because none of us is a superhero, and the only way to become successful is generally over the longer term, improving, and persisting until you reach of level of excellence that frankly is almost unrealistic on day one.
God bless and many thanks to the author of this fabulous book!
If you can focus in on starting the day right, making sure that you have sustained focus through the day, and following rules about how to end that same day- maybe you can actually have a chance at MASTERING your day and the events that unfold within it.
Is the book a life changer- yes. If, you put in the work and do some good old fashioned soul searching as you read it's pages.