Salt Lake City, UT, United States
The author did an excellent job of identifying the problems, with very little effort in offering the solutions. He spends a lot of time perfectly describing the issue, the pain associated with it, and potential causes - and then a wisp of time offering super high-level ideas without getting deep into the answers.
John Burke seems to love offering these lists of things to do, but doesn't want to spend the time detailing the items in those lists. A "typical" list item would be something like, "try to be more positive in how you perceive your goals", which leaves the listener saying, "well... duh... AND..?"
The book is 1 hour and 14 minutes. If John could go back and make the solutions and the answers less vague and more concrete and perhaps create a 2 hours and 30 minutes book... then I think he could really have something great here.
If you're a right-brained creative who struggles with productivity and project management, then you'll really get a lot out of this book!
Scott Belsky does not really break new ground with any of the concepts in this book, but he does put the popular ideas and techniques into strategies and techniques that work for creatives and creative teams.
Scott really identifies with the struggles that artists, designers, writers, etc. face with getting things done. He takes the concepts that you may have already heard about or learned from David Allen's "Getting Things Done" and makes them really work for this type of industry mindset.
I got so much out of the audiobook that I went out and purchased the physical book as well to use as a quick reference and reminder, which I refer to frequently when I start to feel overwhelmed. The "Action Method" introduced in the book is applicable not only in how I organize my projects and tasks, but also in how I organize my files and other resources.
Where David Allen's GTD leaves the productivity management concepts relatively broad, Scott Belsky fine tunes and sharpens those concepts for creative professionals in a very effective way!
I was fortunate to have listened to this audiobook before I found out about Brené Brown's successful TED talks, and more recently her latest bestseller, "Daring Greatly".
In my opinion, you can actually get just as much (if not more), out of this shorter book than you can with "Daring Greatly". Although Brené offers a short review of the concepts found in this book at the beginning of "Daring Greatly", I think the overview does not illustrate how powerful these principles and ideas can be.
I found this book, including the 10 guideposts she talks about, to be much more concise and it really hit the emotional nail on the head for me. This is one book that I have recommended to friends and family again and again.
I listen to a lot of these "personal development" audiobooks, and so it is rare that I find one that truly stands out among the rest. Do not overlook this book before diving into "Daring Greatly"! And if you've already read "Daring Greatly", then I think you'll find this book to be much more direct in focusing on what you can do personally to attack those feelings of being "not enough".
My only negative comment is that the narrator is really slow and is too muted and fluffy. After hearing Brené's TED talks, I really wish she would have read the books herself. If possible on your listening device, put this book on 1.25 to 1.50 speed and you won't miss a thing and you can finish in less time!
Manage Your Day-to-Day is a perfect blend of information and insights that I have been able to use immediately in my day to day work. The variety of content is exceptional due to the fact that this is more of a compilation of ideas, which is very beneficial because productivity is more of a "finding what works for you" - so you're sure to find content that meets your style of work.
Due to the short length, I love the fact that I can re-listen and remind myself of the nuggets that are found throughout.
NOTE: I would recommend having a way to jot down a few notes while listening, especially when they give you some "hidden" web addresses with additional resources from 99U.
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