Read This, Not That: Productivity Advice

Manage Your Day-to-Day168 Hours

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative MindManage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (The 99U Book Series) by Jocelyn Glei by Jocelyn Glei

Manage Your Day to Day has gotten some glowing reviews by readers I trust, so I was surprised to discover that I wasn’t all that crazy about it. It’s not that the advice in the book is bad, it’s just that it’s all information I’ve read before, often multiple times. In addition, many of the essays read like promotional material for the writer’s other books, or blog, or seminars.

My favorite essay was probably Gretchen Rubin’s, and there were a handful of others that I liked to varying degrees. As far as life-changing or modifying ideas though? Not here, at least for me. Lots of familiar advice and some platitudes, packaged for quick consumption.

Instead of this pick, go for Laura Vanderkam’s 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam. Or one of the more targeted books she wrote using the principles she describes in 168 hours, such as What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend or What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings–and LifeWhat the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings--and Life by Laura Vanderkam.

Publisher’s Description:
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? With wisdom from 20 leading creative minds, 99U’s Manage Your Day-to-Day will equip you with pragmatic insights for using your time wisely and making your best work. We’ll show you how to build a rock-solid daily routine, field a constant barrage of messages, find focus amidst chaos, and carve out the time you need to do the work that matters. Contributors include 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.

Book Details

Title: Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative MindManage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (The 99U Book Series) by Jocelyn Glei
Author: Jocelyn Glei
Category: Personal Development / Productivity
My Rating: 2.5 Stars

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Comments

  1. I love 168 Hours! (And Gretchen Rubin.) Sometimes Laura Vanderkam can come off as a little harsh, but I like to think of her as a friend who isn’t going to listen to my excuses.

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