Design Your Day: Be More Productive, Set Better Goals and Live Life on Purpose by Claire Diaz-Ortiz
I received a copy of this book for review purposes.
Moody Publishers (2016)
Summary: When it comes to productivity, hard work is half the battle. The first half—the crucial half—is planning well. The DO LESS method is a simple way to achieve your goals more often, in less time, and with greater peace of mind. From the big-picture down to the details, Claire Diaz-Ortiz walks you through every step of setting and achieving smart goals. She helps you brainstorm goals, choose the best ones, and adjust them to make them realistic. Then she helps you strategize how to reach them, day-by-day, year-by-year. Whether you want to finish a house project, lose weight, or write a book, Design Your Day—by someone who read 150 books while caring for an infant—is an all-in-one guide to smart productivity. Use Claire’s tricks and tools and you’ll be amazed at what you can do in a day, let alone a lifetime.
This quaint little book is designed to help you be more productive with your life without taking up too much of it with instructions.
She teaches us to Do Less which stands for:
D – Decide
O – Organize
L – Limit
E – Edit
S – Streamline
S – Stop
The LESS is under the Organize umbrella. What I mean is those are the steps to organizing your life.
The author starts off by talking about the seemingly popular habit of picking a word of the year which I also highly recommend.
In the decide section she teaches us to create quality goals by going over the popular SMART method but also including some help with coming up with those goals from her as well. She teaches us to separate our goals into groups such as Family, Personal, Work and God. She then shares some tips for reaching those goals.
In the organize section she helps us look at the things we do each day and figure out if they are important or not and if it HAS to be us that does them or not. She shows us how to make sure we are working only during work times and not wasting time “working” all day and not getting anything done. The Streamline section includes lots of ways to do just that, make you more productive but take up less time. The last part shows you that you need to take breaks in order to really be productive when you ARE working. She shows us how.
This little book is a very good productivity book and actually better than some much longer books I’ve read and ultimately couldn’t finish. It’s always a good sign when a time management book is short.
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