Book Review – Manage Your Day-to-Day

Who is it for? Those struggling or looking to improve the way that they approach their most important work.

Jocelyn K. Glei, Scott Belsky and a veritable who’s who of modern creative workers have teamed up to offer up their insights on building your routine, finding your focus, taming your tools and sharpening your creative mind.

When thinking about workflow there tends to be three common mindsets:

  • I don’t need a system
  • My system isn’t working
  • My system is finely tuned

This is a rare book that manages to speak to them all. If you feel like the idea of workflow is unnecessary, Manage Your Day-to-Day will challenge your thinking. If you’re struggling, it will offer some sound advice and starting points. If you’re comfortable with your system, it will encourage you to find a few areas or opportunities to improve.

The book doesn’t offer a single approach, it offers perspectives and suggestions that center around routine, focus, tools and creativity. As editor-in-chief of 99U, Jocelyn K. Glei puts it:

Rather than lay out a one-size-fits-all productivity system, we provide a playbook of best practices for producing great work.

It’s well organized, taking what could have been wildly disjointed threads and merging them into a diverse but coherent point-of-view. It shows what’s working for others, suggests what might work for you and encourages you to do better. It’s also beautifully designed (which is to be expected from the company behind Behance). Strongly consider avoiding the ebook or audiobook. You’re going to want to get your hands on the book itself.

Manage Your Day-to-Day is a fast and worthwhile read with contributions from Seth Godin, Steven Pressfield, Tony Schwartz, Leo Babauta, Todd Henry, Gretchen Rubin and many more. It seeks to help you “stop doing busywork” and to “start doing your best work” (something our very own Mike Vardy will almost certainly approve of). Where most books just attempt to encourage you to do this, the prolific contributors do go one step farther and attempt to show you how.

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