Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (The 99U Book Series) Paperback – 21 May 2013
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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
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 99u.com 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.
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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.
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 99U.com.
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.
-AND WHAT IS IT?
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.
-IS IT WORTH BUYING?
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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