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

Business Plus,

15 min read
10 take-aways
Audio & text

What's inside?

If you find it impossible to get anything done, start with the 18-minute cure.

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Business consultant and blogger Peter Bregman writes from an entirely distinctive viewpoint in his self-help book on time management. Some of his delightfully irreverent concepts: Your weaknesses can be your strengths; achieving imperfection is always better than wasting time shooting for perfection; what you ignore doing is as important as what you do; and distractions actually can keep you on track. You will learn a lot from Bregman’s idiosyncratic text, which presents his cheeky yet practical ideas with great aplomb and in small, delectable chapters that include many instructive case histories. getAbstract recommends Bregman’s book to anyone who wants to get more out of each day and have some fun in the process.


Time Is Ticking Away

Your most precious asset is your time. Though you can recoup money, your career and your relationships, you can’t recover your time once it is gone. So spend your time as productively and mindfully as possible. If not, you will end up asking yourself: “Where did that moment go?” as well as “Where did the day go?” and “Where did those years go?” If you fail to answer those questions soon enough to change your time management tactics, you’ll be left wondering where your life went.

Don’t spend your life racing around, trying to accomplish everything on your agenda. Accept that “it’s impossible to get it all done.” Instead, focus on your most important goals, and plan how you’ll achieve them. Start by managing your year, then your days and finally your moments. Stop to take a look at your life, think about what to do differently and introduce the change you need. Make sure that you are on the right path all the time.


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About the Author

Peter Bregman is the founder of Bregman Partners, a global management consultancy. He also wrote Point B: A Short Guide to Leading a Big Change and is the co-author of five other books.

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    N. V. 5 years ago
    Made me rethink where my life is heading after reading this..
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    D. B. 10 years ago
    Hard to tell from a summary about the irreverent and idiosyncratic style that is admired here, but I agree with perfect is the enemy and drags many perfectionists to inaction. It sounds like the examples may be entertaining, but an alarm every hour, really?? A well placed pause, pacing, dealing with your characteristics, all sound pretty good. I wish there was some state between a page and a book to scan. You do you have me intriqued.
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    R. D. 1 decade ago
    Mr.Bregman's concept is