Manage Your Day-to-Day

Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (The 99U Book Series)
by Jocelyn K. Glei | Amazon Publishing © 2013 · 253 pages

If you’re looking to optimize your day-to-day-productivity, this collection of wisdom from some of the world’s leading creative gurus via 99U is a fantastic place to start. Big Ideas we explore include the importance daily routines, the most important thing you can do to boost your productivity, how screen apnea leads to things you don’t want and why rats love to check email.

Our individual practices ultimately determine what we do and how well we do it. Specifically, it’s our routine (or lack thereof), our capacity to work proactively rather than reactively, and our ability to systematically optimize our work habits over time that determines our ability to make ideas happen.
Scott Belsky

“Taking stock of this challenging new landscape, 99U’s Manage Your Day-to-Day assembles insights around four key skill sets you must master to succeed: building a rock-solid daily routine, taming your tools (before they tame you), finding focus in a distracted world, and sharpening your creative mind.

Dedicating a chapter to each of these focus areas, we invited a group of seasoned thought leaders and creatives—Seth Godin, Stefan Sagmeister, Tony Schwartz, Gretchen Rubin, Dan Ariely, Linda Stone, Steven Pressfield, and others—to share their expertise. Our goal was to come at the problems and struggles of this new world of work from as many angles as possible.

Because we each have a unique set of strengths, weaknesses, and sensitivities, it is impossible to prescribe a single approach that will work for everyone. The right solution for you will always be personal—an idiosyncratic combination of strategies based on your own work demands, habits, and preferences.

So rather than lay out a one-size-fits-all productivity system, we provide a playbook of best practices for producing great work. Our hope is that the insights, taken together, will help you shift your mind-set, recalibrate your workflow, and push more incredible ideas to completion.”

~ Jocelyn K. Glei from Manage Your Day-to-Day

If you’re looking to optimize your day-to-day-productivity, this is a fantastic place to start.

The book is a great collection of mini-chapters from some of the world’s leading thought leaders on productivity—many of whom we’ve featured, including Steve Pressfield, Cal Newport, Todd Henry, Tony Schwartz and others. (Get a copy here.)

This is the first in a series of 99U books. If you’re not familiar with 99U yet, check out their site. Basic idea: As Thomas Edison told us, genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. 99U helps us with that 99% of actually doing the work and executing.

The book is packed with Big Ideas on the four domains of day-to-day excellence: 1) Building a rock-solid routine, 2) Finding focus in a distracted world, 3) Taming your tools, 4) Sharpening your creative mind.

I’m excited to share some of my favorite Ideas so let’s jump straight in!

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About the author


Jocelyn K. Glei

Obsessed with work, creativity, anxiety, and what it all means in the grand scheme of things.