I am glad that I read this book. It reads mildly like an infomercial at times, especially at the beginning. But don't let that put you off. (That sort...moreI am glad that I read this book. It reads mildly like an infomercial at times, especially at the beginning. But don't let that put you off. (That sort of thing is generally a big turnoff for me, but I found it tolerable, with some skipping.) What's contained inside is still extremely useful, and can be adapted to a number of different purposes, with some imagination. If you're launching a product or business (or both), this book may give you many useful ideas, even if you don't follow what he lays out in every detail. Note that, especially if you aren't marketing exactly the type of product he's primarily writing for (selling information over the internet, such as in the form of video classes), you'll really want to keep your thinking cap on as you read, brainstorm and take notes. This isn't information you can absorb passively and then apply--you'll have to keep thinking on how this can be adapted for your particular situation.(less)
Significant grammar mistakes every two sentences or so. Clearly this writer is not entirely comfortable with English, and had no editor. More fool me...moreSignificant grammar mistakes every two sentences or so. Clearly this writer is not entirely comfortable with English, and had no editor. More fool me for buying it. I didn't read much as a result, but was not impressed by explanations based on gambling (which didn't make much sense) and hitting on women (had stopped paying attention at this point).(less)
This book needed a better editor, or perhaps even a ghostwriter. Like many self help books, it contains a lot of "case studies." Normally I dislike th...moreThis book needed a better editor, or perhaps even a ghostwriter. Like many self help books, it contains a lot of "case studies." Normally I dislike these, but in this book I preferred them to the rest of the text because it was the only place where the authors were succinct, to the point, and better organized in their writing. For people who aren't as comfortable with (corporate oriented) self help, skimming, and skipping as I am, it becomes a real impediment to getting through to the substantial parts of the book.
How does the book rate on substance? Well, it isn't as clear and informative as "The Power of Habit" or the two top books on willpower, despite dealing with similar subjects. But it does bring something relatively unique to the table... addressing the need for rituals (habit routines) of rest and recovery, as well as rituals for increased engagement, and applying these ideas to several spheres of life--mental, spiritual, physical, etc. There's more to it than I am summarizing here, and there's also more to it than "energy is more important than time." I disagree with other reviewers saying that this book could have been 3 pages long... it ought to have been shorter, yes, but there are still enough ideas in here to make up an actual book. Likewise, people who only caught "eat right, exercise, sleep" missed the nuanced points about how to apply these lifestyle changes, as we all know it's trickier than it sounds. Not the best book out there, but once you've read those you should read this one too. Unfortunately the authors, with their poor writing, force you to do the editing for them in your own head (so to speak) if you want to really understand what they're saying. But there's a decent amount of real content, slightly but still meaningfully different than what is common in other books. And now I'm being redundant, too!(less)
This is much more like other scifi books than previous books in this series. It's relatively more eventful, and there's one plot detail that really th...moreThis is much more like other scifi books than previous books in this series. It's relatively more eventful, and there's one plot detail that really threw me (and impressed me)--for those who have read the book, I'm referring to the men that Lewis encounters.
The very colloquial narrative and occasionally slightly inane taste and standards of these books would not be to everyone's liking, but mixed in with that Baker really does write well.(less)
I enjoyed the daily life descriptions quite a bit, but the love angle is more of a snore than previously. Also lots of sections to skip, such as the d...moreI enjoyed the daily life descriptions quite a bit, but the love angle is more of a snore than previously. Also lots of sections to skip, such as the descriptions of actual movies.(less)
If depression affects your productivity, then I recommend the section in this book on "do-nothingism". This isn't only for the issue of literally doin...moreIf depression affects your productivity, then I recommend the section in this book on "do-nothingism". This isn't only for the issue of literally doing nothing... even low grade depression seems to put a dent in our motivation, and that can gradually turn into a vicious cycle, where we end up wasting larger proportions of our time, and feeling worse because of it. The book covers reasons that lead to this state of affairs, and then outlines a bunch of techniques that can help one get out of it.
So for instance with the technique I'm using, the prospective/retrospective schedule, I first write basically a loose to do list/schedule for the day. Then as my day passes I write the retrospective schedule, that covers what I did that day, and I assign numbers to its "mastery" and "pleasure" values in separate columns. This has made me a lot more aware of which activities make me feel good and which make me feel bad, and this allows me to be more able to keep up a better frame of mind throughout the day through the activities I choose.
The rest of the book I don't find very valuable, but someone else might. I am not a great fan of CBT, especially because it often takes condescending forms. (This is partially offset because the author writes with a sense of humor and familiarity.) For an overall approach to depression, I prefer "The Mindful Way through Depression." But where productivity is concerned, I think it's worth buying the book for this section--especially as a kindle ebook, since the price is pretty low.(less)