Are you overextended, over-distracted, and overwhelmed? Do you work at a breakneck pace all day, only to find that you haven’t accomplished the most important things on your agenda by the time you leave the office?
The world has changed and the way we work has to change, too. Manage Your Day-to-Day will give you a toolkit for tackling the challenges of a 24/7, always-on workplace. We’ll show you how to build a rock-solid daily routine, field a constant barrage of messages, find focus amid chaos, and carve out the time you need to do the work that matters.
Featuring contributions from: Scott Belsky, Mark McGuinness, Gretchen Rubin, Seth Godin, Tony Schwartz, Leo Babauta, Cal Newport, Christian Jarrett, Dan Ariely, Erin Rooney Doland, Aaron Dignan, Lori Deschene, Tiffany Shlain, Linda Stone, James Victore, Todd Henry, Scott McDowell, Stefan Sagmeister, Elizabeth Grace Saunders, and Steven Pressfield.
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This is a simple book that provides steps for the primary three areas: build your routine, find your focus, and increase your creativity. The steps are obvious, such as book time to work on your priorities rather than let other people suck your time for their priorities through emails or meeting invites. The book is structured nicely. Provides the main points, gives some examples, and summarizes at the end of the chapter with key takeaways. I listened to the audio book. I would listen to it again if I needed the reminder to return to a routine and focus on my priorities.
The contributors showed a real understanding of the artistic and creative mind.
Fred and Laural did not get in the way of the message. Their delivery was neither turgid nor preachy. I felt that another artist/colleague was speaking to me.
The chapter on perfectionism was bang on for me. Also, in a few places, the contributors drive home that, as a professional artist, you can't expect inspiration to move you to create. Most of the time you just have to get down to doing it.
Before reading Manage Your Day-to-Day, I would start my day doing mundane tasks like answering email or just looking for something interesting on the internet. Now, after I exercise, I start writing or composing first thing. It makes me want to get out of bed. I rise now about 2 hours earlier than I had in the past. My productivity has gone way up.
A great companion to this book is Accidental Genius by Mark Levy. He has given me great ideas on how to kick start my creativity through writing; a real boon now that I have all this extra time to create!
I'm a big fan of Non-Fiction, mostly business, marketing, and self-help. I really like books that tell you both why AND how to do something.
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.
It was only one book, how did I end up like this?
I don't know, I haven't read the print version.
The practical tricks and tips how to manage my time.
No, I haven't
• Creative work first, reactive work second.
• Don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has to get down to work.
• We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.
• The human mind is better suited for running sprints than marathons.
• We tend to overestimate what we can do in a short period and we underestimate what we can do over a long period. A small daily task, if it'll be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules. Over the long run, the unglamorous habit of frequency fosters both - productivity and creativity.
I listen in streaks. Glad I can keep those credits accumulating for a few months.
This is one of the few audible books that I would have to say would have worked better with a text companion. When you are listening all you can do is let these great examples wash over you. It's extremely hard to retain all this advice.
It has no real genre. All the 99U stuff is genre busting. How to be more productive and organized for artists and poets.
The performance quality is very high and it goes very quickly.
Organizing tips for the creative class.
The information was good, although an idea like "don't spend so much time online" could have been said in one sentence instead of a chapter.
The biggest problem with this book is the narration. There are two alternating male and female voices. Fred Stella's reading is great. Laural Merlington is not great. Her delivery is flat and lifeless. She reads like a robot designed by space aliens. I would have given the book an overall rating one star higher if not for her awful reading. I've never done professional voice acting but I am trained in it, and believe me, this was bad.
This book seemed like it could have been made into a one page blog article. The book seemed to lack substance. I do not consider myself an expert in any of the topics they covered. I was hoping for more examples and better strategies than what was offered.
"To Thy Known Self Be True"
It really works.
How to stay in control.
This book really helped me to get back on track after I had gotten lost along the way.
I wish the editor would have asked that the contributors refrain from using obscene language. Obscene language in self-help books is not something that helps the message but it can seriously hurt it. I've never really heard of someone missing the message simply because the self-help book didn't use enough offensive language however obscene language can be a significant barrier to some listeners. It was unnecessary because I found the book's message informative and presentation engaging. Bummer, because I'd have given this book a five-star rating otherwise.
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