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18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done Hardcover – Sep 28 2011


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Business Plus; 1 edition (Sept. 28 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446583413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446583411
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.5 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #141,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Oct. 18 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have been following Peter Bregman's HBR blog posts for several years and consider him one of the most thoughtful and most eloquent of commentators on the contemporary business world. You can thus understand my eagerness as I began to read this book.

Others have their own reasons for admiring this book. Here are three of mine. First, Bregman is a diehard pragmatist with an insatiable curiosity to understand what works, what doesn't, and why so he that can then share what he considers most important with those who read his columns and now this book. He suggests (and I agree) that "we steal time from ourselves constantly" because I do every day. He offers practical advice that I began to follow as I proceeded through the narrative. All of his advice makes sense but it will work only if I give it a fighting chance. For example, slow down the pace at which I proceed from one task (completed or not) to another (completed or not). I now sprint for 12-15 minutes, then stop for 3-5 minutes and listen to selections from my favorite classical music from CDs such as "The Only Classical CD You'll Ever Need" and Pachelbel Canon and Other Baroque Hits," selections that have a calming effect. Bregman also suggests starting over in the sense that, if I could, would I commit to [fill in the blank] again? Reconstructing one ill-advised decision helps to avoid making another.

I also appreciate Bregman's heavy emphasis on improving the process by which to ask questions. Only then, when answering them, can priorities be determined, goals and deadlines set, and non-essentials eliminated. For example, what is really important in each domain of my life (i.e. personal, domestic, career, and community)? What must be done within the next hour? What must be done by noon? By day's end? By week's end?
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Really good book and examples. I like that the author likes to experiment and wonder why are the way things are. I think the only problem with this book is for me I am more dynamic and scheduling stuff just does not work for me.
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By Cora Whittington on April 27 2014
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I recommend this book to my clients who have "too much on their plate". It is easy to read, quick to implement and the worksheets are useful. The process helps with decision making and prioritizing and makes it much easier to say "yes" to the important things and "no" to the unimportant.
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Peter Bregman is a genius. Check out his web site and be inspired.
He is practical in a way we can put to work right away but most of all motivation to take action.
Changes happen right away in a way that is a life change.
MW
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By baram on Jan. 16 2014
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This book is about how author loves himself. There are scientific researches, no deep thought, nothing. All book is kid-like stories about how it is important to save your time. Weasting time book.
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