Monday, March 3, 2014

Book Review: Manage Your Day to Day

Some thoughts after reading Manage Your Day to Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind; edited by Jocelyn Glei

What I Liked:  The book had a ton of practical takeaways.  If you're looking to use your time more efficiently and to manage the myriad of tasks and distractions that come with living in the modern world, this is a great quick read to give you some ideas.  The book was also set up really well, with different color pages starting each chapter (black) and section (red).  It was fun to use and re-reference based on it's design alone.  Finally, there were a bunch of great quotes (see below).

What I Didn't Like:  I found myself saying multiple times: "I wish this chapter was longer."  Every chapter was short and to-the-point, which was probably what they were going for, but at times it felt like the idea the author was presenting didn't get off the ground before it came back for a landing.  Lastly there was an obscenity in last chapter. It's a shame because it was useless and honestly keeps me from fully recommending the book.

Good Quotes:
"For most of us there is a wide gray area between the have-tos and the want-tos in our lives. If you're not careful that area will fill up with emails, meetings, and leave no room for the work you consider important." - Mark McGuiness
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an art, but a habit." - Aristotle
"It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it." - Lena Horne
"The most basic form of human stupidity is forgetting what we are trying to accomplish." - Nietzche
"All of the most fulfilled people I know focus more on the quality of their connections than the quantity of them." - Lori Deschene

My 2014 "You Should Read This" Ranking:*
1. Stranger on the Road to Emmaus by John Cross
2. Manage Your Day to Day by Jocelyn Glei

*The thought is: If I had to recommend the books I read this year to you (my readers), this is the order I would do it.

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