Top critical review
Good book for productivity beginners
25 February 2017
Has some good gems such as "Working on your high impact work", Managing your attention and energy in addition to time, disconnecting from internet etc. However, heavily borrows from other methods such as "David Allen's Getting Things Done", "Tony Schwartz's Energy Project" and "Cal Newport's Deep Work", "Laura Vanderkam's tracking time" etc.
I was somehow not comfortable with Author's writing style which was mostly what he did as a project, while the challenges for the reader comes at the end of each chapter, it is too late after so many repetitive concepts. The whole book could have been cut in half without loss of materials.
Also, a lot of advice here is not practical for people in a developing country such as India, such as hiring a virtual assistant or declining low-value meetings, but it is understandable when we realize that this is a book written for Americans, not for international readers.
Definitely some great takeaways here, but they could have very well put in a long article, rather than a whole book.
If you have plenty of time, by all means, read it, but if you want to learn more about the concepts and implement them, go for "Getting Things Done", "The way we are working is not working", "The 7 habits of highly effective people".