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Title: Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind
Author: Jocelyn K. Glei
Publisher: Published May 21st 2013 by Amazon Publishing (first published May 1st 2013)
ISBN: 9781477800676
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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 rou 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.

30 review for Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    I waffled on the 4* or 3* rating. As with all the 99u material there is always a hint of Anthony Robbins or cult of design. Promoting pseudo science (i.e Buteyko breathing) & the over simplification of meditation really undermine some good points. But its biggest sin? It reads at times like a collection of ads for the professional consulting services of each 'author'. Flaws aside it did provide me with a good kick in the arse for planning, and staying on top of my creative career. It's nice t I waffled on the 4* or 3* rating. As with all the 99u material there is always a hint of Anthony Robbins or cult of design. Promoting pseudo science (i.e Buteyko breathing) & the over simplification of meditation really undermine some good points. But its biggest sin? It reads at times like a collection of ads for the professional consulting services of each 'author'. Flaws aside it did provide me with a good kick in the arse for planning, and staying on top of my creative career. It's nice to hear that this path is the hard one, even for the pros, and that it's not a lifestyle it's a profession. It should be respected/treated as such. I personally liked how one talk in particular reframed work space as 'choice architecture' -- fancy words for a place to work/relax I know -- but it helped me reinforce something I already knew, and then helped with a framework to make it happen (or at least plan to..) Is it a Pulitzer winner? No. Is it a good quick motivator full of bite sized actionable life hacks you can apply today? Absolutely. 4* for that.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Besha

    "You are a beautiful and unique snowflake and you should stop checking your email so goddamn much." Also: twenty pages of overdesigned inspirational quotes.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Lahain

    If "procrastinator" isn't my middle name, it's only because my parents didn't want to embarrass me. I am a strange hybrid--a creative person who is also a type A++ personality. I do not perform at my best without some sort of structure. When I left graduate school for the life of a freelance writer, I found myself drowning in "free" time with little sense of how to reach my ever-growing (because I never actually reached one and got to cross it off!) list of goals. It took me years to develop the If "procrastinator" isn't my middle name, it's only because my parents didn't want to embarrass me. I am a strange hybrid--a creative person who is also a type A++ personality. I do not perform at my best without some sort of structure. When I left graduate school for the life of a freelance writer, I found myself drowning in "free" time with little sense of how to reach my ever-growing (because I never actually reached one and got to cross it off!) list of goals. It took me years to develop the discipline and solid work habits that came to me so naturally as a student. MANAGE YOUR DAY-TO-DAY isn't a long or exhaustive exploration of time management and life balance. It's a tiny, targeted little primer full of good advice on building a solid work routine, focusing creative energy, surviving constant connectivity, and generating new ideas. Each section includes short articles by working artists and contemporary thought leaders that get straight to the meat of the given topic such as Harnessing the Power of Frequency, Making Room for Solitude, Learning to Create Amid Chaos, and Using Social Media Mindfully. At the end of each section is are specific "Key Takeaways"--action steps the reader can take NOW to improve his or her day-to-day. What's great about such a little dynamo of a book is that I can revisit it whenever I feel my old habits (or lack thereof) sneaking up on me. The result is immediate and relatively painless course correction. The way I see it, the only people who won't profit from this book are the producers and stars of reality television. I know my viewing hours of popcorn television have gone down...and my writing output has gone way up!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chung Chin

    The book is divided into four main chapters, each dealing with a specific topic: 1. Building a Solid Rock Routine 2. Finding Focus in a Distracted World 3. Taming Your Tools 4. Sharpening Your Creative Mind For each topic, guest writers are invited to share with readers their thoughts on the specific topic. So, the style of writing can be different from article to article. However, each article is nicely written in my opinion and everything is tied together nicely. My two-star review is more for the c The book is divided into four main chapters, each dealing with a specific topic: 1. Building a Solid Rock Routine 2. Finding Focus in a Distracted World 3. Taming Your Tools 4. Sharpening Your Creative Mind For each topic, guest writers are invited to share with readers their thoughts on the specific topic. So, the style of writing can be different from article to article. However, each article is nicely written in my opinion and everything is tied together nicely. My two-star review is more for the content of the book. Overall, the whole book feels shallow as each author gives an introduction to the specific topic, based on their thoughts. Although in the preface, the editor did mention that Manage Your Day-To-Day aims to "provide a playbook of best practices for producing great work" rather than lay out a one-size-fits-all productivity system, I think that as a reader, I am not fully engaged with the book due to its lack of depth for each topic. I would recommend this book only if you're out looking for ideas. However, you shouldn't target to find something really meaningful and to understand certain ideas in depth in this book. For that, you'll probably need to dig for the contributing author's works and read those.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chad Warner

    This book tells creatives (designers, writers, artists, etc.) how to better manage their time to give priority to creativity. It's current and practical while still presenting timeless principles. It covers several topics, but my favorite tips dealt with time management. My wife read this book and then recommended it to me, knowing that I spend much of my day as a web designer juggling creative work and communication. Each chapter is quite short (3-10 pages) and is written by a different authors. This book tells creatives (designers, writers, artists, etc.) how to better manage their time to give priority to creativity. It's current and practical while still presenting timeless principles. It covers several topics, but my favorite tips dealt with time management. My wife read this book and then recommended it to me, knowing that I spend much of my day as a web designer juggling creative work and communication. Each chapter is quite short (3-10 pages) and is written by a different authors. I found some of the sections repetitive. The chapters are separated by motivational quotes. Before reading this book, my workdays started with checking email and social media. I'd then close them and focus on project work for most of the day, checking email and social media two or more times before the end of the day. Inevitably, I'd end up spending a lot of time on unimportant tasks. Immediately after finishing this book, I started doing important creative work for the first few hours of each day, ignoring email and social media. So far this has made me much more productive, so I'll continue to tweak my schedule to give more priority to focused creative time. Notes • Do creative work first and reactive work (such as dealing with messages) second. Block off a large part of each day for creative work on your priorities, ignoring outside communication. • Limit your daily to-do list (suggestion: Post-it note size) and don't keep adding to it during the day. Put new tasks on future lists. • Our bodies follow ultradian rhythms: 90-minute periods at the end of which we reach the limits of our capacity to work at the highest level. • "If you can, it's best to find a good stopping point on a project - one that frees your mind from nagging questions - before moving on to another task." This provides mental closure so you can focus on the next task. Exceptions: problem-solving and brainstorming, which can benefit from switching focus. • Create windows of non-stimulation in your day. Think, digest, and plan. • "The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say 'no' to almost everything." -Warren Buffett • If a message presents an idea or opportunity that won't help you achieve your large goals, decline and move on.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sumeet Mahendra

    This is what I consider as a good book. Though it's sort of must read for any creative professional but still there's lot more to understand and learn by a layman. Like some insight of self-control and de addiction of social media. Really that's quite useful. Every professional shared some of his/her core values for improvement, learned in many years and practiced for many years. You can't believe it but I've purchased it at of it's original price, yeah less than a US $1. So I'm providing you t This is what I consider as a good book. Though it's sort of must read for any creative professional but still there's lot more to understand and learn by a layman. Like some insight of self-control and de addiction of social media. Really that's quite useful. Every professional shared some of his/her core values for improvement, learned in many years and practiced for many years. You can't believe it but I've purchased it at ⅓ of it's original price, yeah less than a US $1. So I'm providing you the link to add it to your kart at discounted price - http://amzn.to/2lHu6f6

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ali Arabzadeh

    هيچوقت فكر نميكردم از كتابهاي اينطوري خوشم بيايد يا برايم مفيد باشند. البته اين را اصلا به معناي فوق العاده بودن اين كتاب نگذاريد. نه. كتاب خيلي معموليست. ولي به هيچ وجه چرند و پرت و پلا و شارلاتان بازي نيست. شبيه بيشتر اين كتاب هاي موفقيت و مديريت يك دقيقه اي و بك شبه پولدار شويد و چه و چه. كتاب مجموعه اي از مقاله هاي آدم هاي حرفه اي دنياي مديريت ايده و خلاقيت يا آدم هاي خلاقي مثل نويسنده هاست كه طي چند صفحه توصيه هاي خوب و به اندازه اي را به شما براي مديريت بهتر زمان و پروژه و ايده تان پيشنهاد هيچ‌وقت فكر نميكردم از كتاب‌هاي اينطوري خوشم بيايد يا برايم مفيد باشند. البته اين را اصلا به معناي فوق العاده بودن اين كتاب نگذاريد. نه. كتاب خيلي معموليست. ولي به هيچ وجه چرند و پرت و پلا و شارلاتان بازي نيست. شبيه بيشتر اين كتاب هاي موفقيت و مديريت يك دقيقه اي و بك شبه پولدار شويد و چه و چه. كتاب مجموعه اي از مقاله هاي آدم هاي حرفه اي دنياي مديريت ايده و خلاقيت يا آدم هاي خلاقي مثل نويسنده هاست كه طي چند صفحه توصيه هاي خوب و به اندازه اي را به شما براي مديريت بهتر زمان و پروژه و ايده تان پيش‌نهاد مي‌كنند يا به مشكلات و موانع و بحران هاي مهم و شايع مسير تحقق ايده هايتان اشاره و راه حل هايي را جلوي پايتان ميگذارند. بيشتر از همه دو مقاله‌اش برايم جالب بود كه كمي هم به مسائل نظري مي پردازد و دومي به يكي از مهم ترين مشكلات من در انجام كارهايم: 1. Reclaiming our self-respect 2. Letting go off perfectionism

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carlie K

    This review is originally posted on The Bookish Girl --------------------------------------- Get this book on Book Depository --------------------------------------- "You can do anything, but not everything." - David Allen As a Bookstagrammer and blogger, creativity is often needed in my life. However, there are always times that creativity would not make its appearance. When encountering such dreadful situation, I do nothing but wait for creativity to come. Usually this passive move leads to procras This review is originally posted on The Bookish Girl --------------------------------------- Get this book on Book Depository --------------------------------------- "You can do anything, but not everything." - David Allen As a Bookstagrammer and blogger, creativity is often needed in my life. However, there are always times that creativity would not make its appearance. When encountering such dreadful situation, I do nothing but wait for creativity to come. Usually this passive move leads to procrastination, frustration and creativity desert. So how can we change this? In this book, 20 creativity minds, who also face the aforementioned problem like you and I, tell us that we can actually beat this by creating the "right" routine for your brain. Divided into four main chapters, each section focuses on the following topics respectively: Building a rock-solid routine, Finding focus in a distracted world, Taming your tools and Sharpening your creative mind. Every chapter is easy to read and addresses the bad habits we have to the point. This book is like a wake-up call to me, it helps me identify and face my bad habits. I also love how they put a little summary at the end of every chapter to help us recap all the things we learn. Sometimes I like to put down the book for awhile and come back to it after a few days. I could possibly forget some of the stuff, so I really appreciate this. There are also some pages with amazing quotes from time to time, and I really feel motivated after reading those. Are you facing some kind of creativity block? Are you procrastinating instead of doing what's truly important? Do you wish to have a change? If your answers to the above questions are yes, then maybe you should pick up this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mustafa

    كتاب جميل جدا يحوي مقالات صغيرة متنوعة في مجال العمل .. والعمل الابداعي بشكل خاص الجميل أن كتاب المقالات متعددين وهم اناس ناجحون حققوا انجازات ويتحدثون بايجاز عن خلاصة خبرتهم فيبدو الكتاب لا يحتوي على تطويلات مملة واغلب مقالاته مفيدة ، ترتب الكتاب تحت فصول اربعة تحوي العناوين التالية 1- بناء روتين راسخ 2- العثور على التركيز في عالم مليء بالمشتتات 3- ترويض ادواتك 4-شحذ تفكيرك الابداعي من اهم النقاط التي عالجتها المقالات -اعمل عملك الابداعي والمهم قبل كل شيء وفي بداية اليوم -ضع محفزات للابداع -اعمل في روتي كتاب جميل جدا يحوي مقالات صغيرة متنوعة في مجال العمل .. والعمل الابداعي بشكل خاص الجميل أن كتاب المقالات متعددين وهم اناس ناجحون حققوا انجازات ويتحدثون بايجاز عن خلاصة خبرتهم فيبدو الكتاب لا يحتوي على تطويلات مملة واغلب مقالاته مفيدة ، ترتب الكتاب تحت فصول اربعة تحوي العناوين التالية 1- بناء روتين راسخ 2- العثور على التركيز في عالم مليء بالمشتتات 3- ترويض ادواتك 4-شحذ تفكيرك الابداعي من اهم النقاط التي عالجتها المقالات -اعمل عملك الابداعي والمهم قبل كل شيء وفي بداية اليوم -ضع محفزات للابداع -اعمل في روتين متكرر -لاتنتظر حالة مزاجية مناسبة -احذر من الهاتف والبريد الالكتروني وغيرها -سجل انجازاتك - لا تستخدم هاتفك في اوقات الانتظار ، -أحبب قيودك ، انظر الى المعوقات كمنافع -استرخي وستأتي الامور بالخير -لا تبحث عن الكمال أعجبني الكتاب لكن أعتقد أن الكتاب الثاني في السلسلة كان أكثر فائدة

  10. 4 out of 5

    David

    I really enjoyed this quick little read. It was well organized into logical partitions, contained lots of whitespace so I felt like I was cruising right through it, and it had handy summaries of each section so you could pluck out the core suggestions from each chapter/article. It's a multi-author work, so naturally some of it was 5-star material and some of it was 2-star material. Some of it was clearly written expressly for design professionals. But a surprisingly large percentage of it spoke d I really enjoyed this quick little read. It was well organized into logical partitions, contained lots of whitespace so I felt like I was cruising right through it, and it had handy summaries of each section so you could pluck out the core suggestions from each chapter/article. It's a multi-author work, so naturally some of it was 5-star material and some of it was 2-star material. Some of it was clearly written expressly for design professionals. But a surprisingly large percentage of it spoke directly to me and to my goals as a creative non-professional. Whether you're getting paid to create art or fiction or you're doing it for fun, the challenge remains the same. And I guess it can be comforting to those of us who aren't depending on our art for a paycheck to discover that professionals struggle with the same work/life balance we do. They deal with meetings and the destructive siren call of answering email and social media the same way the rest of us do. The successful ones are those who keep momentum going on the big projects and let everything else sort itself out. Tags: the evils of email, distractions, building good routines, getting things done, not waiting for inspiration to strike

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    This was a wonderful read. I will caveat that there may be some points that will be offensive to some readers- they were to me. This might be expected given the range of writers involved in the creation of the book. I still think overall that Behance/99u put together a great book of tips and tricks for not just creative folks but for just about anyone who has to live, work, and play. The tips do range from simple to somewhat esoteric and as much profound advice is, sometimes obvious- at least af This was a wonderful read. I will caveat that there may be some points that will be offensive to some readers- they were to me. This might be expected given the range of writers involved in the creation of the book. I still think overall that Behance/99u put together a great book of tips and tricks for not just creative folks but for just about anyone who has to live, work, and play. The tips do range from simple to somewhat esoteric and as much profound advice is, sometimes obvious- at least after you read it. You will find yourself noticing the fallbacks that the authors mention and will likely agree with most of their recommendations. You will undoubtedly disagree with some of the recommendations maybe even the metaphors used to make the points, but please don't throw out the baby with the bath water, this really is a very helpful book and in a great piece by piece format to allow you to read at once or even go through an article at a time and try to implement some changes to your work and life habits.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Heidi The Hippie Reader

    A helpful collection of short articles by different business experts on how to more effectively utilize your day and strengthen your creative muscles. The different chapters were a little too short as they didn't go into the topics with the depth that I wanted. Not a lot of groundbreaking ideas here, but a good starting place for folks who are looking for a general overview on shaping their routine or are looking for a bunch of experts who have written books on the subject that can be read for f A helpful collection of short articles by different business experts on how to more effectively utilize your day and strengthen your creative muscles. The different chapters were a little too short as they didn't go into the topics with the depth that I wanted. Not a lot of groundbreaking ideas here, but a good starting place for folks who are looking for a general overview on shaping their routine or are looking for a bunch of experts who have written books on the subject that can be read for further information.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Wallace

    Interviews with creative type folks share how they manage to do amazing things without getting sucked into the business of day-to-day stuff. I think I learned some things. I'm going to try applying a few of the tips.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Yoly

    If you've read books like Getting Things Done and Eat That Frog and any other "here's how you get things done" kind of book this one doesn't have anything new to add. Also, it felt more like a collection of blog posts instead of a "book". I would have given it 3 stars but I listened to the audio version and the narrators sound like something (or someone?) drained the life out of them. Also "double u double u double u dot" on an audiobook multiple times is going to get old fast. But I do recommend If you've read books like Getting Things Done and Eat That Frog and any other "here's how you get things done" kind of book this one doesn't have anything new to add. Also, it felt more like a collection of blog posts instead of a "book". I would have given it 3 stars but I listened to the audio version and the narrators sound like something (or someone?) drained the life out of them. Also "double u double u double u dot" on an audiobook multiple times is going to get old fast. But I do recommend this book if you've never read any kind of "getting things done" book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jo Murphy

    (Scott Belsky Founder of Beehance 2013) This is the next volume in the 99U quest to supply the missing curriculum. This elusive curriculum is the one they did not teach you at school. 99U is part of the Beehance network, a place where artists showcase their creative portfolios. The last book was a forerunner to a series of books designed to stimulate and facilitate creativity. It was called Making Ideas Happen. You can find related articles at 99u.com Manage Your Day - To -Day is a Five Chapter set (Scott Belsky Founder of Beehance 2013) This is the next volume in the 99U quest to supply the missing curriculum. This elusive curriculum is the one they did not teach you at school. 99U is part of the Beehance network, a place where artists showcase their creative portfolios. The last book was a forerunner to a series of books designed to stimulate and facilitate creativity. It was called Making Ideas Happen. You can find related articles at 99u.com Manage Your Day - To -Day is a Five Chapter set of interviews with successful people who have valuable things to say about topics such as building a routine to nourish creative production while finding focus amid distraction. Artists are encouraged to think about the legacy handed down by Marshal McLuhan (2005) Understanding Media by developing an understanding that the tools we use end up altering the way we work and think. Tools such as email need to be tamed so that we use them to design our workflow. We are cautioned not to allow the presence of these tools to end up designing our arts based practice. Metaphor of the Tool Designing the Artist Not surprisingly, the metaphor of the tool designing the artist has been carried one step further. An artist's most precious and basic tool, the human mind, is the next to come under fire. Training our own capacity to be more creative is the subject of chapter four - Sharpening Your Creative Mind. Artists are encouraged to create for their own satisfaction while always being ready for insight to emerge. The suggestions go so far as to suggest artists even attempt to trick their brain into being receptive and productive. Perfectionism (as always) is cast as a formidable but malleable enemy that can if treated with sufficient attention and mindful respect can be coaxed to come "unstuck". The line up of interviewees is impressive. Mark McGuinness (Lateral Action. Resilience.) Gretchin Rubin(The Happiness Project) , Seth Godin (Go Make Something Happen. The Icarus Deception), Tony Schwartz (The Power of Full Engagement. The Energy Project), Leo Babauta (The Power of Less. Zen Habits.),Cal Newport (So Good They Can't Ignore You. Study Hacks), Christian Jarrett (The Rough Guide to Psychology. Blog),Dan Ariely (A Taste of Irrationality. Blog), Erin Rooney Doland (Unclutter Your Life in One Week. Blog), Scott Belsky (Making Ideas Happen. 99U), Aaron Dignan (Game Frame. Blog), Lori Deschene (Tiny Buddha, Simple Wisdom for Life'. Blog), Tiffany Shlain (Brain Power. Blog) Linda Stone, James Victore (Victore or, Who Died and Made You Boss? Blog Post), Todd Henry (The Accidental Creative. Blog), Scott McDowell (CHM Partners) , Stefan Sagmeister (Stefan Sagmeister.Ted Talk), Elizabeth Grace Saunders (The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment. Blog)and finally Steven Pressfield whom we all know from Do the Work! I recommend this book for anyone who writes or works creatively. That description is painted with a very broad brush, for who is not distracted from their core task by email these days? Who among us would not be more creative if we had more quality downtime and engaged in a little meditation? We are living in an information age and the challenges of this way of living are great. This compilation of wisdom based on experience walks the reader through ways to control the clutter of our communicative lives and through a process of managing, acknowledging and letting go, harness the power of mediums of expression. Readers are left with the useful idea that these mediums will either shape or be shaped by us as consumers. More Than Just a Self Help Book! The beauty of the book is that it is synched into a network of great thinkers. Beehance is a creativity network and 99u has the power of being switched into this resource. At the end of each segment the reader can click through to the website to further engage with the ideas of each contributor. Although already warned of the capacity of the Internet to grab at an artists most finite resource - his or her attention, it is also the reason why Kindle books are the perfect medium for creatives. Those who would seek knowledge about, and the benefits of experience, wisdom and know-how. Apply these ideas not only to your creative world but also to your workaday life and to personal communication. If you are an artist be sure to take the time to check out Beehance and 99U.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Vladimir Kobetic

    Very, very good compilation,mashup of activities/events/distractors/ideas from your daily routine with an evidences from researches. It is worh reading when you feel that your days are just worthless and you think of them just as time spent in communication without finishing your primary goal of the day... Thoughts: Your day is full of separated blocks. Task switching is a killer - it is possible, but lot of time and energy wasted just on switching. Doing 2 things in parallel is not possible, only v Very, very good compilation,mashup of activities/events/distractors/ideas from your daily routine with an evidences from researches. It is worh reading when you feel that your days are just worthless and you think of them just as time spent in communication without finishing your primary goal of the day... Thoughts: Your day is full of separated blocks. Task switching is a killer - it is possible, but lot of time and energy wasted just on switching. Doing 2 things in parallel is not possible, only very automated tasks (like walking). Not to allow task switching is a killer, due to the hangover effect of your brain. Allow yourself to finish your primary task or a part of it and then switch to other task, you will achieve more. Successful people are focusing on the the quality of their people connection rather than quantity (developing them online and offline as well on personal and professional level). Going offline - weekly - Shabbat - nice idea about giving brain time to rest by switching off all the screens - 24 hours. Nice story about timeplanning and working on your calendar - showcase in 2 minutes - jar - first big stones, then smaller stones and water as last - so if you want to plan for big projects - schedule them first. Quotes: Key takeaways - Get lonely Make a point of spending some time alone each day. It's a way to observer unproductive habits and thought processes, and to calm your mind. - Pulse and pause Make your working and relaxing time rhytmical between spending and renewing your energy by working in ninety-minute bursts and then take a break. Define your own area of work (same room, order of things, listing to the "work" music) - Defend your creative time Book time on your calendar for uninterrupted, focused work-and respect those blocks of time as you would any client meeting - Focus when you are fresh Tackle the projects that involves "hard focus" early in the day. Self-control-and our ability to resist distractions- declines as the day goes on. - Kill the background noise Turn off your phone, e-mail, and any apps unrelated to your task. Event the presence of background activity (and templatetion) can drain your focus. - Make progress visible Marking progress is a huge motivator for long-term projects. Make your daily achievements visible by saving iterations, posting milestones, or keeping a daily journal. - Give your brain a break Alternate challenging creative work with more "mindless" tasks to give the braing time to rest and refuel. - Tap into transitional moments Take a break from checking your smartphone during transitional moments, and open yourself up to opportunity and serendipity.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Santhosh Guru

    Gives a decent introduction on the why and what of the routines and rituals. It is a collection of essays from various authors, so it is not an authoritative guide or so, but a decent place to start. Maybe next stop for me will be Tools of Titans.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia

    Some good tips and lots of common sense reminders.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Yelda Basar Moers

    I found this book to be very useful and helpful for anyone needing help managing their schedule and time!

  20. 4 out of 5

    ♚ شهد

    لا أفضل قراءة هذا النوع من الكتب الا اني اضطررت لقراءته في طريق سفر حيث لم يكن لدي خيار غيره. س قضيت ساعتين اقرأه ولم اكمله، كان يدور حول الانجاز وتحديد أولوياتك والبدء فيها وعدم مضيعة الوقت بأمور اخرى وكلام قرأت مثله كثير. الكتاب كمحتوى ليس سيئاً بالعكس وهو مناسب للذين هم في بداية مشاورهم في التخطيط وتنظيم الحياة.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    This is my third review of the night. Because this book, Manage Your Day to Day, is sitting on my coffee table, glaring at me, I'm being productive. I'm not entirely sure that my productivity is also creative, which is a major point of this book--indeed, the subtitle is: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, & Sharpen Your Creative Mind--but I am writing. It's like NaNoWriMo but the wussy blogger's version. I believe I requested this book from the library because of a blog called The Private L This is my third review of the night. Because this book, Manage Your Day to Day, is sitting on my coffee table, glaring at me, I'm being productive. I'm not entirely sure that my productivity is also creative, which is a major point of this book--indeed, the subtitle is: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, & Sharpen Your Creative Mind--but I am writing. It's like NaNoWriMo but the wussy blogger's version. I believe I requested this book from the library because of a blog called The Private Life of a Girl, which is one of my new favorites. The author of the blog is very unlike me in that she doesn't work at a 9-5, but I love her aesthetic and point of view. Her photographs are also artfully composed, and the typography is great (look at how giant of a nerd I am!). In an attempt to focus my scattered mind, I took her recommendation to heart and put this book on reserve. I'm not at all familiar with 99u, the website/organization with which this is associated, and I didn't particularly like the upsell of all the contributing authors' work, but I did find some really great advice here. It's a short book, and some essays are better than others, as is always true in a compilation, but it's given me a lot to think about when it comes to my work process and email, which is evidently ruining my brain. Crap. I particularly liked this quote from Scott Belsky: "If your focus is always on others--and quenching your appetite for information and external validation--you will miss out on the opportunity to mine the potential of your own mind." I raise my hand guiltily. This is my problem with social networks. I enjoy them, but I feel anxious if nobody likes my post or favorites my tweet. Conversely, if someone responds to my tweet or reblogs my tumblr post, I feel a strange sense of elation. This should not be what validates me, my work, and my potential. I'm not going to stop using social media completely, but I am going to engage much more thoughtfully and self-reflectively (is that a word?) when I log on. There are some great ideas here in among some of the more out there or platitude-ridden essays, so it's worth a look. But please, whoever thought it would be a fantastic design element to print white text on tomato red paper should seriously reevaluate his or her chosen profession. It made my eyes want to explode and die.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    A solid collection of short pieces on how to make the most of your creative life. Not everything here will be relevant to everyone, but the variety of voices and perspectives, followed by short "take aways" from each section, make this a solid intro (or refresher) for those looking to find ways to make time for their creative passions. The biggest pieces I liked were about eschewing perfectionism in favor of good enough and about how you have to put your big rocks down first before fitting in the A solid collection of short pieces on how to make the most of your creative life. Not everything here will be relevant to everyone, but the variety of voices and perspectives, followed by short "take aways" from each section, make this a solid intro (or refresher) for those looking to find ways to make time for their creative passions. The biggest pieces I liked were about eschewing perfectionism in favor of good enough and about how you have to put your big rocks down first before fitting in the smaller pebbles and sand. In other words, answering email isn't productive or reaching an end goal; it's putting that time into writing or painting or filmmaking or whatever creative work you want to do first, then doing those little things. One method mentioned that I do is tracking. It's easy to feel "productive" when we have inbox zero because we see that. We don't necessarily see the end product of a day of thinking or a day of writing. To do that, we need to track things -- word counts, page counts, time invested, thoughts in the form of notes or sketches or ideas percolating in our minds. My one criticism of the book is that it's obvious when some of the authors have never once talked to or considered the insights of women in their lives because they only cite examples from other successful white men. And I do think that matters a lot; what a white man with privilege can do with his creative life is worlds different than women of any color. Fortunately, those are balanced here because we do have female voices (though it could absolutely use voices from creatives of color).

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rob Robideau

    Lot's of motivation, but not much new I have to admit that I found this book more entertaining than enlightening. It was interesting to hear the perspectives of the different contributors on inspiration and work, but I can't say that there were any new gems that will change my life. Reinforcement of things already known? Yes. New explanations? Yes. Motivation? Yes. There is definitely good information, but for me, having already read books written by a number of the contributors, there wasn't much Lot's of motivation, but not much new I have to admit that I found this book more entertaining than enlightening. It was interesting to hear the perspectives of the different contributors on inspiration and work, but I can't say that there were any new gems that will change my life. Reinforcement of things already known? Yes. New explanations? Yes. Motivation? Yes. There is definitely good information, but for me, having already read books written by a number of the contributors, there wasn't much new. If you haven't already read books written by the contributors, you might have a completely different and mind-blowing experience. This could be considered a "cliff notes" or "best of" compilation from some very bright minds. This book certainly contains a lot of good information, but because I'm a tad jaded, it was a "meh" experience.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jenifer

    Biggest takeaway: "Consider, however, the opportunity cost of spending your life only on pragmatics. You dedicate your time to pleasing everyone else and delivering on their expectations, but you never get around to discovering your deeper aptitudes and creative capacities. Nothing is worth that." -p.177

  25. 5 out of 5

    Desinka

    This was concise, inspirational and insightful!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brianna

    The main problem I had with this book is that it's hopelessly repetitive. The evils of email, of checking email, of starting your day with email, etc. were emphasized over and over again when I think that the point that they were trying to make (be proactive, not reactive) could have been stated in a couple sentences or less. I think this is a flaw inherent to the format, this kind of random scattering of articles and Q&A's from different sources. Obviously with that many sources, you're not The main problem I had with this book is that it's hopelessly repetitive. The evils of email, of checking email, of starting your day with email, etc. were emphasized over and over again when I think that the point that they were trying to make (be proactive, not reactive) could have been stated in a couple sentences or less. I think this is a flaw inherent to the format, this kind of random scattering of articles and Q&A's from different sources. Obviously with that many sources, you're not going to be able to achieve any streamlined progression of ideas, but the repetitiveness of the book is really just unacceptable. Maybe some of the sections should have been cut from the book; but then again, most of them seemed to say the same thing, so then it'd be quite a short book. For those reading this, the main ideas of the book were these: • Be true to your own goals, particularly the long-term ones. This means being proactive, not reactive. Set your own goals and carry them out; don't fall into unproductive, complacent routines. This includes mindlessly checking Facebook, email, etc. • Create a routine with ebb and flow, time for working and time for relaxing, that is in line with your personal energy level throughout the day and the limits of human attention span for one task. • Carve out creative time in your schedule. This is solitary, unplugged and generally unstructured time. But really they can all be summarized by this statement: • Optimize your life, knowing what you do about your personal strengths and weaknesses and what is good and bad for you and what you want. Because I think all of us know instinctively that Facebook is bad for us, that it accomplishes nothing and makes us feel like crap as a result of how unproductive we've been. Experts have been telling us that it makes us lonely and tired and unproductive for ages. We all know that we'll never accomplish long-term creative goals without carving out specific time for that work. We all recognize those specific times of day that we're especially productive. The only problem is that we don't stop these behaviors that we already know are bad. If Manage Your Day-to-Day is the kick in the arse you need to get going, then good. I think it was that to some extent for me. But it was (mostly) all stuff I already knew. There were a few interesting gems mixed in among the repetition. The idea of doing creative work first and other work second is intriguing and I definitely hope to give that a go; practicing guitar first and doing my calculus later, heyo! But other than that idea, there weren't really any insights that I'd never heard of before. I'm also hesitant to accept the book's assumption that productivity = creativity. I live still in the dream world in which doing the unexpected, following a sudden whim and flying to Taiwan, taking an impromptu road trip with friends is the way to create art. And that's not to denigrate anyone who creates art by just buckling down and getting to work; that way is legitimate too. I'm just saying that breaking routine is as legitimate a way to be creative as is making a routine. And perhaps that's because I'm young and idealistic and the word "routine," to be perfectly honest, repulses me. The idea of doing the same things at the same time for extended periods of time just kind of disgusts me. Play guitar at 4:00. Brainstorm ideas for novel every Friday morning. Just...ew. My life is already so structured (calculus from 12:34-2:10, Spanish from 2:10-3:00...). And I realize that at this point in my life I don't really have a choice in the fact that everything is so structured, and that if I want to make time for creativity I probably do have to block it out, but the idea is an old one that remains difficult to put into practice. My 11th grade junior seminar teacher assigned this book to our class, and I have to say I'm not sure if it's age-appropriate. First of all, this book is very clearly targeted toward people who are already pretty responsible, the workaholic type who makes responding to emails and meeting deadlines a priority. That's me. But that's not most high school juniors. So I don't really think that a book trying to break out of the negative aspects of that kind of persona is really applicable to most people my age. Another problem with pushing this book on high schoolers is that it pushes optimization so much and I'm not sure that's what we need. High schoolers need exploration, not optimization. We're still figuring out our dreams and long-term goals. Putting us on a fast-track to achieving one of our whims may be sending us at light-speed in the wrong direction; we can't optimize until we have the right starting point, and finding that, I think, requires almost an entirely different approach: one of free-flowing spontaneity and an allowance for a plethora of mistakes. That said, I'm not certain if it's right for high schoolers or not because much of the ideology of this book has been mine all along. So we'll see if embracing optimization at such a young age turns out to be good for me or not. So, my final recommendation...well, this is going to differ based on who you are. If you're the responsible, typical workaholic professional who tends to fall into routines and not make progress toward long-term goals, this is the book for you. Even so, I'd probably recommend reading only one section of it to avoid the repetitive aspect. Pick the chapter (Routine, Focus, Tools, Creativity) that most appeals to you; the one that you believe represents your weakness. The basic concepts that I've enumerated above will be expressed with regard to that specific area. If you're already familiar with the basic concepts of productivity, common tips for boosting creativity and monitoring technology use, this book probably isn't going to be anything ground-breaking for you. You're obviously looking to boost your productivity, so instead of rereading stuff you already know, take a step back and just look at your life. Make a list of all the productivity and creativity tips you've come across and if you're implementing them. And then do that shit, man.

  27. 5 out of 5

    สุวิชชา จันทร

    รวมบทความและบทสัมภาษณวาดวยเรืองการจัดการเวลาในชีวิตประจำวัน ของบุคคลและครีเอทีฟทีมีชือเสียง แบงออกเปนหลายหมวดหมู เชน การแบงเวลา การรวบรวมสติ การจัดการกับอารมณความรูสึกของตนเอง การจัดการกับสิงรบกวนตาง ๆ หลายบทความกใหแงคิดทีดี เชน การแบงเวลาสวนตัวไวทำงานทีชอบหรือจัดใหเปนวันอิสระทีไมตองติดประชุมใด ๆ แตบางอยางกฟังดูขัดแยง เชน การมองวา perfectionism เปนสิงทีบางครังตองยอมแลกเพือใหทำงานทันเวลา (ถายอมแลกปลอยงานลวกออกไปได กไมนาจะเรียกวา perfectionism สิ) บางบทกอานเพลิน ๆ ไมไดมีเนือหาลงลึกอะไร แตบางบทดูเหม รวมบทความและบทสัมภาษณ์ว่าด้วยเรื่องการจัดการเวลาในชีวิตประจำวัน ของบุคคลและครีเอทีฟที่มีชื่อเสียง แบ่งออกเป็นหลายหมวดหมู่ เช่น การแบ่งเวลา การรวบรวมสติ การจัดการกับอารมณ์ความรู้สึกของตนเอง การจัดการกับสิ่งรบกวนต่าง ๆ หลายบทความก็ให้แง่คิดที่ดี เช่น การแบ่งเวลาส่วนตัวไว้ทำงานที่ชอบหรือจัดให้เป็นวันอิสระที่ไม่ต้องติดประชุมใด ๆ แต่บางอย่างก็ฟังดูขัดแย้ง เช่น การมองว่า perfectionism เป็นสิ่งที่บางครั้งต้องยอมแลกเพื่อให้ทำงานทันเวลา (ถ้ายอมแลกปล่อยงานลวกออกไปได้ ก็ไม่น่าจะเรียกว่า perfectionism สิ) บางบทก็อ่านเพลิน ๆ ไม่ได้มีเนื้อหาลงลึกอะไร แต่บางบทดูเหมือนเรียบง่าย แต่แฝงความหมายลึกซึ้ง (เพราะใช้ได้ผลจริง) เล่มนี้อ่านนานหน่อย เพราะเรื่องมันไม่จำเป็นต้องอ่านติดต่อกัน ก็เลยพักไปอ่านโน่นนั่นนี่บ้างจนสมควรกับเวลาค่อยกลับมาอ่านจนจบ สำนวนไม่น่าเบื่อ แต่ก็ไม่ได้สนุกจนวางไม่ลง 3.5

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jmstump

    Manage Your Day-to-Day is a collection of different essays from various people. I'll be honest some names I recognized, some I did not. That said I liked this book because it gives some solid advice to being more productive. Most of the ones that I liked some will find obvious, which is using less gadgets to keep your brain on track. As someone who usually uses a bullet journal I was glad to see tools like that re-inforced.

  29. 4 out of 5

    MJ Quek

    This book is a rather apt reflection of the issues plaguing creatives and creators worldwide. Lots of meaningful takeaways, especially the portion on combating the toxicity of perfectionism. Overall, a great read if you find yourself struggling to make a breakthrough in your creative journey.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Antonia

    As one reviewer here notes, “It reads at times like a collection of ads for the professional consulting services of each 'author’.” I guess that’s true. I took that part with a grain of salt. It’s fairly standard time-management advice. But it’s always good to be reminded of ways to improve. I found a couple of strategies to try. Some people found it shallow. Maybe so. But I wouldn’t want to read about each of the main points ad nauseam either. It’s a quick read, just reminders really. Oh yeah, As one reviewer here notes, “It reads at times like a collection of ads for the professional consulting services of each 'author’.” I guess that’s true. I took that part with a grain of salt. It’s fairly standard time-management advice. But it’s always good to be reminded of ways to improve. I found a couple of strategies to try. Some people found it shallow. Maybe so. But I wouldn’t want to read about each of the main points ad nauseam either. It’s a quick read, just reminders really. Oh yeah, I should really be doing that! Available on Kindle Unlimited.

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