Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Book Reviews | Productivity Books


Your Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt is basically "A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals." The author discusses ten areas of life where we can assess and work toward goals: spiritual, intellectual, emotional, physical, marital, parental, social, vocation, avocational, and financial. There's a LifeScore Assessment (which can be accessed online HERE) that shows individual results in an interesting pie chart that allows us to see the areas where we are more "successful." 

The five steps included are:
1. Believe the Possibility - all about having the right mindset.
2. Complete the Past - take time to evaluate and move past regret to gratitude.
3. Design Your Future - with SMARTER goals.
4. Find Your Why - knowing your motivation.
5. Make It Happen - take action! 

A good read with some familiar concepts and a few twists to help us achieve our most important goals.

The 12 Week Year - Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington encourages us to think of each 12 week period as 1 year (instead of 12 months equaling a year). Otherwise, the information is mainly familiar concepts - set goals, list the necessary tasks, evaluate progress along the way, and celebrate goal completion.

The first section of the book, Things You Think You Know, is interesting and motivating reading with quite a few great quotes. The second section, Putting It All Together, goes through the basic plan with real-life examples. 

Here's a look at a few of my favorite quotes - which one resonates most with you?

"Knowledge alone benefits no one unless the person acquiring it does something with it."

"There's nothing like a deadline to get you motivated."

"If you want to know what your future holds, look to your daily actions; they are the predictor of your future."

"Intentionality is your secret weapon in your war on mediocrity."

"A plan between your ears is not nearly as effective as a plan on paper."

1 comment:

  1. Interesting books. Thanks for the recommendations. I like many of those quotes from the second book; "If you want to know what your future holds, look to your daily actions; they are the predictor of your future." is certainly one that spoke to me.


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