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Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind | [Jocelyn K. Glei (Editor)]

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Amazon Publishing (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    A. Yoshida 09-11-13
    A. Yoshida 09-11-13
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    "Simple book to build a routine..."

    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.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    M. E. Donnelly 07-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A must read for creatives!"
    What made the experience of listening to Manage Your Day-to-Day the most enjoyable?

    The contributors showed a real understanding of the artistic and creative mind.


    What about Fred Stella and Laural Merlington ’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    John Salt Lake City, UT, United States 11-29-13
    John Salt Lake City, UT, United States 11-29-13

    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.

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    "Just Finished My Third Time Listening"

    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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kerli 04-22-14
    Kerli 04-22-14

    It was only one book, how did I end up like this?

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    "It has boosted my effectiveness"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Manage Your Day-to-Day to be better than the print version?

    I don't know, I haven't read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The practical tricks and tips how to manage my time.


    Have you listened to any of Fred Stella and Laural Merlington ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't


    What did you learn from Manage Your Day-to-Day that you would use in your daily life?

    • 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.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Minneapolis, MN, United States 02-16-14
    Margaret Minneapolis, MN, United States 02-16-14 Member Since 2015

    I listen in streaks. Glad I can keep those credits accumulating for a few months.

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    "Great examples"
    Would you listen to Manage Your Day-to-Day again? Why?

    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.


    Has Manage Your Day-to-Day turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It has no real genre. All the 99U stuff is genre busting. How to be more productive and organized for artists and poets.


    What does Fred Stella and Laural Merlington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The performance quality is very high and it goes very quickly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Organizing tips for the creative class.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dhano McNicol BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, US 01-11-15
    Dhano McNicol BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, US 01-11-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Helpful insights"

    I must say I'm becoming a fan of the 99u book series. This is my second and again it has given me insights that I can use right away.

    Learning from others that have done the things you want to do, for me is helpful in getting me started. Giving me a blueprint that I can tweak to suit my natural tendencies.

    I wasn't to sold on the narrator. However she got the job done and I was able to listen for long periods without feeling like I needed to take a break.

    Overall it's a good listen. I would recommend it for anyone that is looking to do something that they really want to do.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki 07-21-15
    Vicki 07-21-15
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    "Electronics whoas"

    So if you want to know how to put down your electronics and manage your day, save yourself some money and let me recap the book. Turn everything off. Done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Garfield Houston, TX, USA 06-24-15
    Joel Garfield Houston, TX, USA 06-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Professional optimization guide"

    Lots of useful information for those seeking professional optimization. Good listening length. Worth checking out.

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    Tony 06-18-15
    Tony 06-18-15
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    "PERFECT"

    This book on audio is perfect. I look forward to listening to it again and again.

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    Anna Liza M. Gaspar 06-06-15 Listener Since 2009
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    "Open yourself to serendipity"

    Out ot the so many tips this book has on how I, as a writer, can make my day happen, the most valuable for me is, "Opening myself to serendipity."
    Right after I have started putting down my book or iPad or mobile whenever I am transitioning from one event to another, I have met so many amazing people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Good Book with Helpful Tips - Some Narration is Robotic"

    In general I found this book to be encouraging, helpful and informative.

    My one criticism of this audio version is in the narration which consisted of two voices, male and female. I found the female vocal performance to be somewhat robotic with little or no expression. The gaps between words and sentences sound somewhat unnatural at times - almost like what one would hear on your car Sat-Nav in or the synthesised voice on your computer. I found this quite off putting and distracting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Richard Laxa
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    "Really good listen"

    I love the audiobook. The voices need to sound a little more natural though. It was clear and very informative. I loved the 99u books. Its just great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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