Goal Success requires mastery of self, time, distractions and life itself. What if you could distill the mastery of achieving your goals into an easy to grasp method that takes only 18 minutes a day?
Author Peter Bregman has done it for us in his book: 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done in which he offers an easy solution borne out of his own challenges to manage his day. What I love about his book is that it really addresses how to achieve your goals – one year at a time chunked down into months, weeks, days…yes even minutes.
Writing on his blog Bregman explains how this book came about:
Think about your own daily battles with work tasks and obligations. Have you ever felt exhausted at the end of a day only to realize that you still didn’t move forward in the most important priorities in work and in your life? Never before has it been so important to be intentional about our time and say no to distraction.
I wrote 18 MINUTES because – although I’d read all the time management books – I was still overwhelmed and spending my time in areas that, ultimately, were not moving me forward in the most important areas I wanted to focus on in my life. What I realized is that most time management books were showing me how to get it all done. But I think that’s a mistake.
What I found in my own experimentation is that, to really focus on the things that were most important to me, I had to do the opposite – I had to stop trying to get it all done. In fact, trying to get it all done is the biggest mistake we can make. When I multitasked, I produced less. When I organized my calendar and to-do list the traditional way, I only intensified my guilt and stress. And as I increased my busyness, I began to watch my overwhelm and frustration increase as the year passed by while the things I most wanted to focus on – the things that were most important to me – remained untouched.
I wrote 18 MINUTES because I needed 18 MINUTES. I wrote it so I could figure out how I could cut through all the daily clutter and distractions and finally find a way to focus on – and move forward in – those key items which are truly the top priorities in my life.
In the book, I share a process for prioritizing your day in three steps that take 18 minutes over a nine-hour workday: Set your plan for the day, refocus every hour, review how you spent your time.
Bregman promises that in his book 18 Minutes you’ll also learn how to:
- Identify the four elements – your strengths, weaknesses, uniqueness, and passions – that form the foundation of your success and happiness…and time well spent.
- Focus your year on only five things and decline everything that doesn’t fit.
- Replace the typical “To-Do List” with a 6 box system that ensures each day moves you one day forward in your annual priorities.
- Avoid unproductive distractions by creating some productive distractions of your own.
- Get traction on what matters most while deftly deflecting the distractions that threaten to sabotage your efforts.
Goals success will be guaranteed says self help guru Anthony Robbins if you embrace positive rituals daily that move you in the direction of your goals. By reclaiming our lives from distractions a moment, a day, a week, a month at a time we manage to achieve our goals in a year. So for me 18 Minutes is a book that will instill the very rituals we need into positive habits that make goal achieving a cinch.