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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Business Plus; 1 edition (Sept. 28 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780446583411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446583411
  • ASIN: 0446583413
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #300,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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18 MINUTES is an intensely smart, insanely readable, and eminently practical guide to boosting our effectiveness and deepening our satisfaction. I've already benefited from the ideas in is book in my own work. So will you.

-- Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind (

Pick this book up and read it. Bregman's wisdom, humility, and ability to tell a great story run through every page of this gem. 18 Minutes is the best blend of a business book and a self-help book I have ever read.

--Robert Sutton, Stanford University Professor and bestselling author of Good Boss, Bad Boss (

Feeling in control of your time is a key element of happiness. In the thoughtful, practical, and often funny 18 MINUTES, Peter Bregman explains how to make sure we have plenty of time to do the things that matter most to us -- so that our lives reflect our true values and priorities.

--Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness Project (

Bregman has taken the advice from his popular Harvard Business Review columns and turned it into a book for people who feel that they don't have enough hours in the day to do what they need to do. He offers straightforward advice: focus your priorities at the annual, daily, and moment-to-moment level; determine your goals; eliminate distractions that don't let you achieve those goals; and be firm regarding your boundaries. While the reader has no doubt heard this advice from other self-help books, Bregman's anecdotes are helpful and funny, his advice is sound, and his points are easy to grasp. Hopefully readers will find what he has to say useful and not just a retread of things they already know--multitasking is a myth, take time to refocus throughout the day, motivate your employees with fun--from other sources.

--Publishers Weekly (

About the Author

Peter Bregman is the CEO of Bregman Partners, a global management consultancy where he is the advisor to CEOs as well as to their top management teams on leadership and workplace issues. He is based in New York City.

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2 of 2 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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By Rodge TOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 8 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book is written in a deceptively simple format, with short chapters and quite a few illustrations. Don't be deceived into thinking this is fluff, though. This book provides good insights, all the more valuable because of their accessibility. This is not the be-all and end-all of time management books, but you could do worse than to have this one on the shelf.
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By Cora Whittington on April 27 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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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Format: Paperback
Who says paper publishing is dead when you can repackage your blog thoughtlets as a book for sale. A narcissistic use of the author's life a an example of a whole bunch of things. This is probably the most over-hyped book in Business Insider. Apparently you can pay for good reviews.
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