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The Perfect Day Formula

How to Own the Day and Control Your Life
Narrated by: Craig Ballantyne
Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (341 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Most people are stuck. Every day we seem to just go through the motions, following our usual routine without ever stopping and thinking why we do what we do, or what we'd rather be doing instead. But sometimes, we have that one day - that Perfect Day - where everything just clicks. We feel great. We are unstoppable. And at the end of it we think, "Why can't every day be like this?"

©2015 Craig Ballantyne (P)2016 Craig Ballantyne

Critic Reviews

"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)

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90% motivational speaker-ese, 10% good ideas

I'm into self-improvement books, but this one was too cheesy, poorly written and over-simplified for my tastes. He makes big promises about how the Perfect Day template will change your life in every way possible (*eyeroll*), says things like "make rules for yourself and stick to them and you'll beat procrastination" as if that's any kind of real solution, and waste a lot of time with inspirational filler words, like life, goals, dreams, aspirations, etc. By part 2 I was audibly making gagging noises every time he overused those words. I was gagging a lot.


But having said all that, here I am at 6:20 in the morning, writing a review for this book. So yes, there's a good idea in there, and if this book could be summed up in one sentence, it would be: Get up early and tackle your one thing.

OK, so this review is not the most important thing in my day. I'm going to go get work done now. I just thought I'd spare the rest of you I whole bunch of wasted time by reading this book.

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Too many examples

I got tired of listening to him tell a story for each little thing. 5 pillars of success, a whole chapter of telling stories for each. I felt like I was listening to someones life story. Every "secret" to success was so simple, oh you have a goal? Break it into small goals! Bam, problem solved. Thanks for that groundbreaking advice Craig. The only thing I got out of it was the idea of creating a daily Not To-Do list.

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My lack of structure costs me myself..

This book has helped me realize what I am missing in my life.. For over 15 years I lived a somewhat structured life.- wake up, get ready to go to work, work, come home, help with kids, dinner, family time, sleep.. and of course make my wife happy. After a fall out at work got me transferred, I was lost.. all my hard work seemed worthless, for what? I struggled for over 2 years to figure what my dreams were and what I wanted to do. I knew I didn't want to work for anybody anymore, the industry lacked leadership skills that were required for me to grow. I had a realization one day and became determined to achieve my goal of being self employed. I unexpectedly quit my job like a self absorbed idiot, without discussing with my wife, without savings, without an idea of how to start a business.. I was lost, and taking my family down with me. Floundering in life without structure. Almost two months went by and things got really bad and the only thing I seemed to be hanging onto was hope, but I was alone... My wife told me about The Perfect Day Formula months ago, when I had a job. I thought it wasn't really for me at that time. I had a job and whatever structure, completely not happy with myself though. My wife and I had a very painful talk.. I realized what I had to do. I had to take control of my life. I needed to re-structure and re-build When I began listening to The Perfect Day Formula and taking notes, my days began to have an actual schedule. I'm not really good at this stuff, but I'm trying my best and learning a lot. The book has really good wisdom, not just knowledge. Craig Ballantyne can really make me want to listen, and I have some pretty good ADHD, which I'm working on too. Craig is really to the point, lays out a solid foundation to grow upon and offers online workshops. This isn't the first book I've read on time management, but this book was more like a life changer for me.

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Life changing! This book/system is great. Read it.

An easy to follow (and easy to listen to) system to improve all areas of your life. The author has put his heart and soul into this program. Read/listen to it, do the exercises, then watch your life take off.

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Great Book for Personal Improvement

I really enjoyed this book. The content was put together in a way that anyone could incorporate into their life. It showed me how much time I waste on things that don't matter and to focus on what really does to have a purposeful and happy life.

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It's simple, yet we make it complicated!

Enjoyed the book very much. Very insightful! I truly admire the motivation behind the book, and look forwards to implementing the ideas for a perfect day.

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Great reaminder

Craig, confirms the truth of greatness inside everyone is wanting out! and can help make the world better by focusing on My Vision! others will support me if I share and ask!

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do not buy

this book is basically an ad to attend one of Craig's seminars. what a disappointment

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a must read

if you want to know how to take your success to a whole new level then read this

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  • JEP
  • FLUSHING, NY
  • 06-18-19

Amazing book! must listen to

Craig is the master of productivity and efficiency.. He really helps you to build strong habits and break the destructive ones

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  • Davie McC
  • 01-09-19

Fantastic Read

I thought that this book was excellent. Craig really helps when it comes to dealing with overwhelm, anxiety and focus. Definitely on my “listen again” list. Thanks Craig.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-19-18

Practical

Summary of a lot of other self help but also a bit corny.
That said, would and have recommended to others. Outcome goals vs process goals was a particularly great idea.

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  • SMc
  • 11-17-18

This can change your life...

Read this book if you want to take back control of your life. Brilliant Craig!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-21-18

A must read!

I have followed Craig for a while now after so many others that I know and follow recommended his work. I have found a new sense of freedom between my work and life after employing his methods
Get it now
Lee

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  • ANGUS
  • 02-20-18

Game changer

This book is a must read/listen for those wanting to live an epic life

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  • Amy Walker
  • 06-11-17

Fantastic

Thanks to this book, my day is now prioritised and I get so much more done.

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  • David wilkinson
  • 07-03-18

Great advice and very easy to listen too.

Whole heartedly recommend this book. I have been able to apply the wisdom and advice to my life and have already seen the positive impact as a result.

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  • Libby
  • 03-23-19

thinly veiled infomercial

I gave this book two stars as people who are just starting out in their career, are very young, or haven't read widely might get something from this book.

for those of you with some experience or more widely read there are far better, more original books.

the book is very repetitive, contains little genuine insignt or analysis, no original or unique thought, and becomes a blatant hard sell for the author's coaching and consulting business and events in the last chapters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-07-19

For the stressed over achievers

If you feel stressed when you're NOT working, this is for you. Period. This book gives yourself permission to spend time with those who matter WHILE achieving more.

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  • Genya
  • 01-15-19

FOLLOW THE STEPS

want a lifestyle with freedom. follow the steps and you'll get it. it is easy to follow. will continue to step and take in every step

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-19-18

Solid book with actionable content. A must listen

must listen for those looking to improve performance in life, business and with money. thanks