Sunday, 19 October 2014

18 Minutes by Peter Bregman

18 Minutes

Another book on reaching your goals and developing good habits that was cheap on Kindle.  A good introduction to the topic but didn't really say anything new.  The 18 minutes of the title are:
5 minutes scheduling your to-do list into your calendar every morning; setting an alarm to go off every hour throughout the day and spending one minute re-focusing and reviewing whether what you are doing is moving you forward; and then 5 minutes at the end of the day in an evening ritual which involves asking yourself three question - how did the day go?; what did I learn?; who did I interact with?

The basic premise of the book can be boiled down to the following:

  • Vision - know what you want to do, cultivate your passion or one thing
  • Plan - decide when and where you are going to do things
  • Focus - avoid distractions
  • Rituals - set up systems to help you get things done
  • Motion - getting started is the hardest part so start small
  • Environment - manipulate your daily cues to help you develop habits
  • Review - deliberate feedback is essential to success.
Overall a useful book which reinforces the messages of success. 

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