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

Author: Peter Bregman
Publisher: New York : Business Plus, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st trade edView all editions and formats
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Based upon his weekly Harvard Business Review column (which is the most popular column 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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Bregman
ISBN: 0446583405 9780446583404
OCLC Number: 809834633
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxi, 261 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Part one : Pause : hover above your world. Slowing the spin : reducing your forward momentum --
The girl who stopped alligator man : the incredible power of a brief pause --
The day Andy left work early : stopping in order to speed up --
Frostbite in the spring : seeing the world as it is, not as you expect it to be --
Multiple personalities are not a disorder : expanding your view of yourself --
Why we're fascinated with Susan Boyle : recognizing your own potential --
You don't have to like him : where do you want to land? --
Part two : What is this year about? : Find your focus. What to do when you don't know what to do : choosing your next move at the intersection of the four elements --
Reinvent the game : element one : leverage your strengths --
I'll just take the shrimp : element two : embrace your weaknesses --
Heated seats : element three : assert your differences --
The pilot who saved 155 passengers : element four : pursue your passion (desire) --
Anyone can learn to do a handstand : element four pursue your passion (persistence) --
A recipe for finding the right work : element four : pursue your passion (ease) --
What matters to you? : Element four : pursue your passion (meaning) --
I'm the parent I have to be : avoiding tunnel vision --
I've missed more than nine thousand shots : avoiding surrender after failure --
When the future is uncertain : avoiding paralysis --
Maybe : avoiding the rush to judgment --
What is this year about? : Creating your annual focus --
Part three : What is this day about? : Get the right things done. Dude, what happened? : Planning ahead --
Bird by bird : deciding what to do --
Wrong floor : deciding what not to do --
When tomorrow? : Using your calendar --
The three-day rule : getting things off your to-do list --
Who are you? : The power of a beep --
It's amazing what you find when you look : evening minutes : reviewing and learning --
An 18-minute plan for managing your day : creating a daily ritual --
Part four : What is this moment about? : Mastering distraction. Mastering your initiative --
Move the table : avoiding the need for motivation --
Never quit a diet while reading the dessert menu : we need less motivation than we think --
The Nintendo Wii solution : having fun --
The one-two punch : getting started and keeping it going --
Am I the kind of person who : telling the right story about yourself --
The hornets stung my mind : getting out of your own way --
Mastering your boundaries --
The time suck of collaboration : saying yes appropriately --
But Daddy : saying no convincingly --
The third time : knowing when to say something --
We're not late yet : increasing transition time --
I don't want to go to ski class : decreasing transition time --
We'll regress, we'll forget you, we'll replace you : managing the tension of relaxation --
Mastering yourself --
Does Obama wear a pearl necklace? : Creating productive distractions --
Would you smoke pot while you're working? : Avoiding switch-tasking --
It's not the skills we actually have that matter : getting over perfectionism --
Why won't this work for you? : The value of getting things half right --
Don't use a basketball on a football field : staying flexible --
Conclusion : Now what? You don't have ten gold behaviors : choosing your one thing --
About the author.
Responsibility: Peter Bregman.

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Based upon his weekly Harvard Business Review column (which is the most popular column 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.

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