18 Minutes

18 Minutes

Find your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York : Business Plus, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780446583411
Branch Call Number: 650.1 B746e 2011
Characteristics: xxi, 261 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Eighteen minutes


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Apr 06, 2013

Truly useful, especially once he gets down to the practicalities. What I liked is that his ideas are quite simple to implement and they seem to capture core stuff. The style is easy and conversational, and the chapters are short. I recommend it.

Nov 02, 2012

I felt like this book was churned out on a price per word basis. It has some good advice, but isn't as valuable as you might think. The whole 18 minute section is one mini-chapter (I think each mini-chapter was written in less than a day, maybe a few hours??). Before turning on your computer, plan your day (5 minutes); each hour, assess how you are doing (8 min); at the end of the day, evaluate what you did well and how you could improve (5).
There is some good stuff about planning your year ahead and thinking about your top priorities, but overall, I have seen better books on time management and business.
The anecdotes are useful points for learning - sometimes.


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