18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done

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Based upon his weekly Harvard Business Review columns ( which is one of the most popular columns on HBR.com, receiving hundreds of thousan of unique page views a month), 18 MINUTES clearly shows how busy people can cut through all the daily clutter and distractions and find a ay to focus on those key items which are truly the top priorities in our lives.

Bregman works from the remise that the best ay to combat constant and distracting interruptions is to create productive distractions of one 's own. Based upon a series of short bite-sized chapters, his approach allows us to safely navigate through the constant chatter of emails, text messages, phone alls, and endless meetings that prevent us from focusing our time on those things that are truly important to us.

Mixing first-person insights along with unique case studies, Bregman sprinkles his charming book with pathways which help guide us -- pathways that can get us on the right trail in 18 minutes or less.
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Published September 28th 2011 by Business Plus (first published January 1st 2011
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It was mentioned again on page 146 and concluded on 147 ... never to be referenced through the emainder of the book.In short, here 's the 18 minute system:1) Your Morning Minutes ( 5 minutes)- Reviewing your to-do list for the ay.

I finished feeling like the " 18 Minutes " title was suggested by a clever publisher who knew a title and a few prominent recommendations on the back cover ( Dan Pink and Robert Sutton) would sell an otherwise well-intentioned book without a novel and prominent central theme.

I 'm making an exception this time because I feel misled.Bregman is heavy-handed with his personal anecdotes of his family, riends and personal experiences ... which would be fine if I were reading a book authored by Elon Musk or Richard Branson whose larger than life personal brands represent a primary reason to purchase their books.

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I sought this book after hearing a radio interview with the journalist.

The public radio interview offered just what I needed at the time: some tips for staying focused and avoiding distractions.

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18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master istractions, and Get the Right Things Done is a compellin read, especially for people who need not only to manage their time better, but also ensure their time is being spent on the right hings.

If you want to be great at everythin, you had better enjoy being poor at it for long enough to become good at it! 3.

He describes 18 minutes of " ritual " planning and review, spaced at the eginning, hourly, and end of the ay, that can help people to make better use of their time.

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Yes, another time management/ self help ook.

This autobiography is well organized but I did feel that there were some chapters that had little use to me and others which were treasure troves of good ideas and nspiration.

This is good for me who tends to leave tasks on my lists out of obligation.I also found Chapter 42- Would You Smoke Pot While You 're Working?

# 4 I lost all patience for things I felt were not a good se of time.

# 5 I had tremendous patience for things that I felt were useful/enjoyable# 6 There was no downsideFor me the value of these few chapters are worth the price of admission.

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Peter Bregman is an essayis and business consultant whose book 18 Minutes provides a good way to focus on your life in the year ahead.

2. Prior to each day, you should review your plan to be everything you 'll do work in your are of focus and at the beginnin of each ay, you should review what you learned, accomplished, and should focus on in the coming ay.

For me, his advice to slow down and pause -- whether at the beginnin of the week or during a conversation -- will be very useful.Overall, there is nothing too remarkable about this book, but it is a quick read that provides good reminders for those of us who lead busy lives.

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**Getting the right things done**Who hasn ’ t struggled with trying to accomplish a crazy amount of to-do ’ s into one day?

It ’ s a comprehensive approach to managing a year, a ay, and a moment so that our lives move forward in a way that keeps us focused on, and doing, the hings we decide are most important.

And it will offer you some simple tools and skills to follow through on those decisions so you spend your time doing the thing that matter while avoiding the things that don ’ .

And neither should reading a ook about managing your life ... 18 Minutes will home in on who you are and how you can best use your talents to achieve the things that will make you happy, productive, and successful.

And if you are a little—or even a lot—out of focus, don ’ t worry:18 Minutes will bring you back in. ” ( pp.

( p 37) Part Two: What Is This Year About? —Find Your Focus• Start experimenting from who you are and choose your next move—your focus for the year—at the intersection of the four elements.

ather than avoid them, embrace your weaknesses and spend your time this year where they ’ re an asset instead of a liability.

67) • To home in on your passion, think about what you love doing—what ’ s important enough to you that you ’ re illing to persist over the ear, even when it feels like you ’ re not succeeding at it.

75) • Focus your year on the hings that matter to you.

80) • Staying connected to your guideposts will help you avoid tunnel vision and keep you moving in the right direction.

99) • Focus your year on the five areas that will make the most difference in your life.

( p.114) • Reduce your overwhelm by putting your tasks into an organized list, focused on what you want to achieve for the ear.

120) • To get the right things done, choosing what to ignore is as mportant as choosing where to focus.

133) • The right ind of interruption can help you master your time and yourself.

If you need help getting yourself going, don ’ t choose one or the other.

198) • A few moments of transition time can help make your next task shorter, faster, and more productive for you and others.

241) Conclusion: Now What? —You Don ’ t Have Ten Gold Behaviors: Choosing Your One Thing• Choose the one hing that you think—given your particular situation—will make the biggest difference in your life.

( p.251) Peter expresses his hopes for this ook: “ I wrote this book so [ you ] could look back at the beginnin of each moment, each day, each year—and when the times comes, life itself—and be able to say: ‘ I used my time well. ’ ” ( p.xxi) I feel like he is right on track with his mission.

And, given the recent changes I am already seeing in my own approach to getting ( the right) things done, I can clearly say that “ I used my time well ” in reading this nove! What a difference 18 Minutes can make!

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I know I 've had this on my currently reading shelf forever, but I swear I 'm going to finish it, because it has some great ideas on how to stay focused on goals and not get off into the timewasters that will destroy the best-laid plans.

Plus, a ot of it reinforces what I already do, which I enjoy almost as much as the new ideas.Finished!!! What did I take away from this book?

It 's not really enough time, but once the kids are older I 'll have a little more free time, maybe.So I 'm already focused, and that part of this ook was great but not really ecessary.

( PS I do already have a collection of short stories available, and if you 're unintereste in reviewing it message me and I 'll send you a copy for free.) The hing I liked second most was the part where he said " Make sure the story you tell about yourself ( sometimes only to yourself) inspires you to move in the direction you want to move. " I like the ideas of framing my story.

It 's like those moments when I 'm driving down the ighway on my way to somewhere or sitting in the living room with the kids and I suddenly realize my life is just as intriguing and intriguin as the ones people write about in books and on TELEVISIO.

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All in all, one of the best goal-setting and mental organization guides I 've read in ears.

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