Tuesday, July 12, 2016
A book review-Design Your Day
Looking for a way to organize your life to be more productive and satisfying? This quick, but powerful read should help. Claire Diaz-Ortiz has not only authored several books, but has a yearly goal of reading 200 books. How does this author, speaker and innovator, who was named one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company get it all done?
Claire outlines her Do Less method in an easy-to-read, step-by-step process. Part One helps us identify what is really important to us and what we really want. Starting with choosing an overall theme for the year, Claire then shares methods to set reachable goals for the season ahead. Narrowing down the list of goals by organizing them into categories such as God, Family, Health, Money, etc. keeps things organized and allows for equal importance of large and small goals. Claire advises to choose less than more when it comes to how many goals to set, and then, to create strategies to reach the goals. Strategies include breaking down each goal into an amount or taking into account the circumstances of the year ahead, e.g. having a baby or other time altering events.
Part two uses the word LESS as an acronym to define four organization tips:
-Limit your work to your best 20%
-Edit your work time
-Streamline your work
-Stop working as needed
I like Claire's simple, direct style of writing. She's convincing without being preachy. Though I haven't designed my day and life by Claire's excellent advice, yet, I believe the information will be helpful to come back to in the near future. Claire concludes, "Ultimately it's about doing your best work, and finding more time for living along the way."
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.