Monday, November 18, 2013

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (My Take)

This was a wonderful read.  I will caveat that there may be some points that will be offensive to some readers- they were to me.  This might be expected given the range of writers involved in the creation of the book.  I still think overall that Behance/99u put together a great book of tips and tricks for not just creative folks but for just about anyone who has to live, work, and play.  The tips do range from simple to somewhat esoteric and as much profound advice is, sometimes obvious- at least after you read it.  You will find yourself noticing the fallbacks that the authors mention and will likely agree with most of their recommendations.  You will undoubtedly disagree with some of the recommendations maybe even the metaphors used to make the points, but please don't throw out the baby with the bath water, this really is a very helpful book and in a great piece by piece format to allow you to read at once or even go through an article at a time and try to implement some changes to your work and life habits.  I have included each of the authors and the links the book provided related to them.  In addition I threw in some quotes that stuck out in my mind.  Please let me know what you think of the book and throw in some quotes you liked, hated, agreed with, identified with, opposed, or didn't have a clue about.  My favorite section was by Elizabeth Grace Saunders.  Did you have a favorite?  I already recommended this one to my wife and I will likely walk through some of the book with my 10 and 12 year olds.

Some names with links to their sites:
Mark McGuiness:
Gretchen Rubin:
Seth Godin:
Tony Schwartz:
“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”  Lena Horne
Leo Babauta:
“What information consumes is obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention”  Herbert Simon
Cal Newport:
Dr. Christian Jarrett:
Dan Ariely:
Erin Rooney Doland:
“Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are.” José Ortega Y Gasset
Scott Belsky:
Aaron Dignan:
“The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.” Warren Buffett
Lori Deschene:
Tiffany Schlain:
“Our intention is to affirm this life, not to bring order out of chaos, not to suggest improvements in creation… but simply to wake up to the very life we’re living.”  John Cage
Linda Stone:       
James Victore:
“Why cheat yourself of the effort?  The work, the process, is the goal.  It builds character.  It makes us better.”  James Victore
Scott McDowell:
Stefan Sagmeister:
Elizabeth Grace Saunders:
“Creativity is not a talent it is a way of operating.” John Cleese
Steven Pressfield:

99u links: