18 minutes Find your focus, master distraction, and get the right things done

Peter Bregman

Book - 2011

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Published
New York : Business Plus 2011.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
xxi, 261 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780446583411
0446583413
Main Author
Peter Bregman (-)
Review by PW Annex Reviews

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. (Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2011 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A columnist for the weekly "Harvard Business Review" shows how busy people can fight constant interruptions and distractions, including emails, text messages, phone calls, and meetings, and focus on the key items and top priorities in life.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A columnist for the weekly Harvard Business Review shows how busy people can fight constant interruptions and distractions, including emails, text messages, phone calls and meetings, and focus on the key items and top priorities in life. 40,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Based upon his weekly Harvard Business Review columns (which is one of the most popular columns on HBR.com, receiving hundreds of thousands of unique page views a month), 18 MINUTES clearly shows how busy people can cut through all the daily clutter and distractions and find a way to focus on those key items which are truly the top priorities in our lives.Bregman works from the premise that the best way to combat constant and distracting interruptions is to create productive distractions of one's own. Based upon a series of short bite-sized chapters, his approach allows us to safely navigate through the constant chatter of emails, text messages, phone calls, and endless meetings that prevent us from focusing our time on those things that are truly important to us. Mixing first-person insights along with unique case studies, Bregman sprinkles his charming book with pathways which help guide us -- pathways that can get us on the right trail in 18 minutes or less.