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Manage Your Day-To-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (99u Book) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

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Book Description

15 Oct 2013 99u Book
Stop doing busywork. Start doing your best work.

Are you over-extended, 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 when you leave the office?

The world has changed and the way we work has to change, too. With wisdom from 20 leading creative minds, Manage Your Day-to-Day will give you a toolkit for tackling the new challenges of a 24/7, always-on workplace.

Featuring contributions from: Dan Ariely, Leo Babauta, Scott Belsky, Lori Deschene, Aaron Dignan, Erin Rooney Doland, Seth Godin,Todd Henry, Christian Jarrett, Scott McDowell, Mark McGuinness, Cal Newport, Steven Pressfield, Gretchen Rubin, Stefan Sagmeister, Elizabeth G. Saunders, Tony Schwartz, Tiffany Shlain, Linda Stone, and James Victore.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (15 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480576352
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480576353
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 12.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This small gem of a book sparkles with delightfully practical ideas, insights and advice….Well-designed and very readable, Manage Your Day-to-Day is a book you can dip into whenever you need encouragement to get or keep yourself going." —Success Magazine

"The suggestions in Manage Your Day-to-Day urge us to take responsibility for our own time and energy by not letting email or other forms of reactivity blunt our focus." —Forbes

"Turn off your email, put your ringer on mute, and read this book right now. Manage Your Day-to-Day contains life-changing tips from the some of the smartest brains around." —AJ Jacobs, bestselling author of Drop Dead Healthy and The Year of Living Biblically

"It's like the Navy Seals of creativity all got together and wrote a book about productivity. I’m giving my entire design team a copy." —Joe Gebbia, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Airbnb

"Manage Your Day-to-Day is an essential guidebook for navigating information overload and all the other complications and distractions of 21st century life. The lessons contained within are vital in helping us to find the time and space to successfully accomplish daily goals, while creating a safe space for creativity to flourish." —Paula Scher, Partner at Pentagram Design

"I’m always looking for ways to boost my productivity and to stop doing the things that hold me back. That’s why I turned to Manage Your Day-to-Day…The book was worth the quick read." —Daniel Pink, author of Drive and To Sell Is Human

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

99U is on a mission to provide the "missing curriculum" that every creative person and team needs to make ideas happen. 99U is part of Behance, a team devoted to empowering and connecting the creative world.

In this ongoing book series, 99U shares pragmatic, action-oriented insights that are designed to help you become a better manager of your ideas, your time, and your creative career. Dozens of thought-leaders and creatives have contributed to the series, including Seth Godin, Gretchen Rubin, Stefan Sagmeister, Tony Schwartz, Steven Pressfield, Scott Belsky, Leo Babauta, Tina Seelig, Jonathan Fields, Teresa Amabile, Frans Johansson, and many more.

The series is edited by Jocelyn K. Glei, Director and Editor-in-Chief of 99U. Jocelyn oversees the website—which has won two Webby Awards for "Best Cultural Blog"—and leads the curation and execution of the popular 99U Conference. Prior to joining 99U, Jocelyn was the global managing editor at the online media company Flavorpill. She is passionate about creating content-driven products that people love. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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There is so much good stuff in this book it's hard to pick a place to start.

If you are at a place where your ideas are not getting completed, then this book will give you some great tips to addressing that issue.

The book is a collection of themes and each one is written by a different author.

One of the things I was hoping to get out of this book is understanding how to get the most out of the time I have for my projects that are outside my weekly, scheduled work.

Understanding the importance of regularly visiting your project, even for a few minutes daily, allows one to maintain a familiarity with the project. I was making the mistake of allocating 2 days a week to the project and nothing in between. What this caused was a loss of momentum and built in confusion when those 2 days were intercepted by outside events, leaving 14 days or even more before revisiting the project.

Letting go of perfectionism was a good chapter for me too. Yes I want my project to be the best it can be but it also needs to be able to breath with at least a first draft.

When you see a chapter entitled "Finding Focus in a distracted world" how could one not be drawn to reading and consuming the advice?

I believe I found insight in every chapter. Its all really good and delivers on the promise of getting ones current ideas completed before concerning oneself with even more ideas.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars tried and tested 13 Jun 2013
By Adam Smith VINE VOICE
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you will not find anything within the covers of this book that is earth shatteringly new. It is a series of insights into better managementvof yourself in a world which is frequently frenetic and focused on the short term. So for example, it asks "do we or should we always be connected to the web or your phone? how and when do we seek to become creative eg standing in line, do we muse, or do we dive for the smartfone? Are we seeking perfection, when what we got is good enough for purpose? Do we really believe we can multitask- think again. These essays by different authors, are quite short and snappy, some just a couple of pages or so, and yes, can be read standing in line for the bus, or train, or a coffee.

They are useful hints and thought provoking, and no less valuable because you will already be aware of most of them, consciously or sub consciously.

Definitely useful- only gave it a four star because most of this is well known and around in one shape or form already- but this is a handy and useful read. Having read it, you could dip into it for profit on a weekly basis just to remind yourself how to be more effective.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
By Pallus the Phallus VINE VOICE
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The sub-heading inside the cover of this title says:

"Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind".

The 'Creative Mind' part of this is the only clue that the book is partly aimed at writers. Indeed, most of the contributors to the book are authors themselves of one kind or another (columnists, bloggers etc.). This isn't particularly surprising as they are all peers of Jocelyn K who herself leads the '99U' and oversees the associated website

That doesn't mean that the guidance isn't also useful for us regular office workers but it would be especially useful to (budding) authors.


It's a 'self-help' book giving guidance about how to prioritise one's work to achieve more. The book makes surprisingly narrow suggestions as to how to go about this. These few suggestions are then re-iterated in turn by the various contributors. I understand that this may be a way to affirm the points but it does get a bit repetitive.


Overall, despite the book sometimes seeming like an excersise in drumming the same few points home, it IS definitely very useful advice. If nothing else, it will cause the reader to question how they work and how they can achieve more for themselves. With a little imagination, this can be used as a springboard to developing one's own ideas by questioning other aspects of one's working day/life.

However, if you already have a few of these types of books, I'm not sure you'll be learning much new here; this is more of a starting point than an exhaustive guide.

[My Ref: That book about how to respond to emails/distractions Aug 13]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Routine. 16 April 2014
By Migs
This is nothing more than common sense and a waste of money. This comment will probably not be shown to others on the website. It disrupts routine and is merely a distraction Don't buy it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Morris TOP 100 REVIEWER
Jocelyn Glei edited this volume to which she and 20 others contributed their "insights on making things happen," as did Scott Belsky, CEO of Behance, who also wrote the Foreword, "Retooling for a New Era of Work." In fact, this is one of the first volumes in the 99U Box Series published by Amazon. Visit the 99U by Behance website and you will encounter this brief explanation: "For too long, the creative world has focused on idea generation at the expense of idea execution. As the legendary inventor Thomas Edison famously said, 'Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration.' To truly make great ideas a reality, we must act, experiment, fail, adapt, and learn on a daily basis. 99U is Behance's effort to provide this "missing curriculum" for making ideas happen. Through our Webby Award-winning website, popular events, and bestselling books, we share pragmatic, action-oriented insights from leading researchers and visionary creatives. At 99U, we don't want to give you more ideas--we want to empower you to make good on the ones you've got."

The brief but insightful essays are divided within four sections: Building a Rock-Solid Routine, Finding [and Sustaining] Focus in a Distracted World, Taming Your Tools, and Sharpening Your Creative Mind, followed by a Coda in which Steven Pressfield responds to this question: "How Pro Can You Go?" Each of the four sections includes a Q&A:

o Seth Godin on Honing Your Creative Practice
o Dan Ariely on Understanding Our Compulsions
o Tiffany Shlain on Reconsidering Constant Connectivity
o Stefan Sagmeister on Tricking Your Brain into Creativity

These are among the dozens of explanations special interest and value to me, also listed to indicate the scope of the book's coverage. The prefix for each is "How to...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful
I don't work in the creative industry but have regular projects that require input and thought. Manage you day to day has helped me think through the way I work. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Raymond Borrett
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A great read with lots of useful tips.
Published 14 days ago by Atticus
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I was hoping for a toolkit to help me get organised but what you get instead is a series of academic papers each by a different person. Read more
Published 17 days ago by julie
4.0 out of 5 stars useful
The book is a little repetitive, but I found some parts quite motivational nonetheless. My favourite parts are the ones about artists and professionals being the people who set... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Yvetta Redhel
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of how to put together a sensible day to day routine.
We all have problems in getting the best out of ourselves and can pick from a whole host of self-help books in order to improve. Read more
Published 2 months ago by dave
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for busy fools!
The writing in this book really does bring home how easy it is to waste time, when we think we are actually busy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Digital Diva
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite fun
I think I had expected a more serious exploration, but found it easy to read and enjoyable. It suggests a number of places to start but doesn't go much beyond that.
Published 2 months ago by Jill
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, But Nothing New - Unplug from the World to be Creative.
As previous reviewers have mentioned it isn't a revolutionary book - there are some cameos from various industry leaders which are vaguely interesting and add a little real world... Read more
Published 2 months ago by S Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Full of inspiration and practical advice. I identified with lots and there's lots I could immediately put into place. This book is quick fire but easy to implement.
Published 2 months ago by Bexster73
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
A good read, not my best purchase but certainly a valuable and helpful little text. Great for use on the kindle
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