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Two Awesome Hours: Science-Based Strategies to Harness Your Best Time and Get Your Most Important Work Done

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  418 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Feeling overwhelmed with work and life demands? Rushing, multitasking, or relying on fancy devices and apps won't help. The answer is to create the conditions for two awesome hours of peak productivity per day.

Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience, Josh Davis, director of research at the NeuroLeadership Institute explains clearly that our brains and bodies operate according
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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by HarperOne (first published April 7th 2015)
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Jeremy Lyon
Jan 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This is one of a genre of self-help books steeped in a culture of doing more, faster, better. It's dedication to the relentless optimization of every minute in the unexamined pursuit of commerce triggers my latent inner anarchist and predisposes me to dislike it.

But I'm glad I successfully suppressed my instinct to set the book on fire. Because despite the fact that it employs all the hackneyed tropes you've seen before in books of this kind, it's key insight is a bit of finger in the eye to its
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Sergei_kalinin
Очень неплохая книга о том, как получить 2 часа максимальной работоспособности в день (если оно вам надо))).

Автор предлагает 5 стратегий повышения продуктивности и штук 30 практических рекомендаций. Рекомендации довольно простые, но основаны на последних научных исследованиях (в этом плане книга - настоящий дайджест заметок из научных журналов).

Книгу рекомендую. Моя рецензия и подробная интеллект-карта по книге в блоге: http://s-kalinin.blogspot.ru/2016/05/...
Anne White
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte Mason educators need to read this book. There are many simiarities to Mason's writings on atmosphere and on the body-mind connections in education.
Alex Devero
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: work
You can harness at least two awesome hours of effectiveness every day by following five simple strategies: recognize your decision points; manage your mental energy; stop fighting distractions; leverage your mind–body connection; and make your workspace work for you. This way, you’ll provide yourself with the psychological and biological conditions you need for top performance.
Mike
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Pretty good book with solid ideas for improving productivity.
Wendi Lau
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
If concentration and decision-making are limited resources, then planning the ideal, productive workday is like managing an intellectual budget (argh, budgeting is my kryptonite!). This is the treasure in Josh Davis' general book.

This is a good case for taking mass transit or ride-sharing in order to leave more brain juice for the workday. Daily commuters squander brainpower driving themselves to and from work. Driving in traffic is mentally exhausting and leaves workers much less capable of
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Nopadol Rompho
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Five strategies presented in this book seem to be simple but they are quite powerful. We only need two awesome hours to be at most productive time and then we can get a lot of important things done. Strongly recommended.
Sherry Elswick
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I picked up this book at the suggestion of a colleague. I begrudgingly gave it 3 stars. Here's why: Josh Davis is on to something in the first 1/2 of the book when he encourages you, dear gentle reader, to be intentional about your to-do list. He coaches you on the gazillion different seconds you have throughout your day to make better choices about what gets done vs. not instead of just reacting and ping ponging your way, unfettered and un-purposeful-- through the day. Great advice. For this re ...more
Bill
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Some good ideas here about time management -- it's not as proscriptive as other books in this genre (you know, the ones that say "only check your email once a week"). Instead it describes how our understanding of human attention and effectiveness is changing, and how the principles of some research studies can be applied to our work life.

I've already tried some of the suggestions in the book, such as being aware of shifts in attention and decisions making, and also being more conscious about how
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Gregory
Mar 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Nothing revolutionary but Josh Davis from the NeuroLeadership Institute has caused me to do something that tons of other self-help books haven't and that is to make a conscious change.

The first 69 pages made a strong enough impression that I've now posted a note so I am always reminded of the principles of decision points:

" *Savor each decision point.
*Plan your decision points in advance.
*Don't start a new task without consciously deciding it's the right one."

Good stuff!
Dawn Trlak-Donahue
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
I read this for my work literary circle. Not much new here- basically the same idea of working on most important first- combined with the idea that you need to pick the right block of time to work on the most important so that you are at your best. Easier said than done with competing priorities.
Leslie Liu
Oct 10, 2015 rated it liked it

策略1 在日常事務中,辨識每個決定點, 擺脫自動化模式,在做之前先思考。
策略2 管理你的心智能量,善用好情緒和壞情緒。憤怒有時候滿又用的。
策略3 調整對抗分心的方法,學會放自己一馬,真的專心不了,也無妨,就好好分心吧!
策略4 掌握運動和飲食的訣竅,你就能表現得更出色,想想牢獄中的曼德拉。
策略5 噪音、光線、雜物?自己動手打造最有益的工作環境,我該整理我的書桌了!
Alex
Mar 06, 2017 added it
Shelves: non-fiction
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Hiếu Minh
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Mình đọc bản Tiếng Việt. Thật thì hơi khó hiểu, mình nghĩ do cách dịch ý. Một số điều tự rút ra cho bản thân.
1. Điểm quyết định
Khoảng cách 3-5 phút để quyết định tiếp theo nên làm gì là cực kỳ cần thiết.
2. Quản lý năng lượng tinh thần
Hai giờ không cố định đâu mà do nltt của bạn quyết định đấy.
Tức giận, lo lắng, buồn và cả những cảm xúc thoải mái có thể giúp bạn làm việc hiệu quả.
Không nên làm việc quan trọng sau khi não đã đưa ra quá nhiều quyết định ( Não làm việc nhiều).
3. Làm thế nào với các
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apgarcia
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Two Awesome Hours is not an ordinary book on time management. Its premise is that the human brain is not designed to exert itself 100% of the time throughout an eight hour day. The brain is like a muscle. It can only do so much work, and it requires a bit of rest in between periods of intense activity. Two hours is an arbitrary length of time that the author feels is realistically achievable for peak performance in any given day. This length of time is variable; it depends on the individual and ...more
Zourkas Lavrentiades
Despite the fact that I was a little bit excited reading this book, I honestly didn't find earth shattering ideas or thought provoking concepts.

Personally I believe nothing new was contributed to the self-help domain from this book that I already was not aware of. However "Two Awesome Hours" is an great start for entry level fellow humans who are curious about time and energy management.

I will keep one outstanding observation though that the author shares with us regarding human performance.

Si
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smfairbanks
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quick and easy read that provided me with some practical tips on getting to what's most important. I have already implemented decision points which allows me to choose what to do next once a task is complete rather than just automatically going to the next shiny thing! I discovered that our brains are wired to do most of what we do automatically. No more autopilot for me. I have found that I feel better about what I am completing and that I'm getting to focus on what's important to me not what's ...more
Mithilesh
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Roy Wang
The book's overarching advice is to be more aware of our mental and physical states and leverage them for better productivity. More specifically, the author elaborates on 5 key to-dos: recognize your decision points; manage your mental energy; stop fighting distractions; leverage your mind–body connection; and make your workspace work for you. However, I get the feeling that the entire book could have been slimmed down into a feature-length article without losing much substance. That being said, ...more
Jess
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! It helps with multiple different problems including will power and time management. Loved this book and recommend for people who have issues with sugar addiction. IN FACT this book helped me curve a sugar addition that I have struggled with extremly for 15 years. For that alone this book goes above 5 stars
rory
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
The chapter on decision points will actually be helpful and has stuff I haven't heard about before, and is totes worth the current price of $2 for the Kindle version of this book.

tl;dr when you've finished a task and are deciding what to do next, take extra long and decide on the right thing to do next, don't just automatically switch to something dumb/easy and waste hours on it.
Dalila Uncovers
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Useful, Brief, to the Point

The author offered some very accessible tools that just about anyone can use at their desk or in their workspace. He encourages the task-oriented person to be realistically, biologically and mentally effective by working with and not against our neurology. Worth every penny. Just read it again, on a Sunday morning whim, to refresh.
Lauren Collman
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Some helpful & practical tips on how to approach life and your workday.

I liked how easy it was to read, the practical tips and the research behind each piece of advice. The anecdotes from historical and present figures were also intriguing.
Rachael
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book - it's a quick read, with five main points that are thoroughly backed up with a lot of research. I really recommend it if you want to leverage your psychology to become more effective with your time.
Justin Decloux
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very helpful guide on being happy with your productivity, that's real short, and boils down to five basic Maxim's (most which you are aware of but don't put into practice) that the author bakes into your mind with some common sense applications and real world examples.
Didem
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Great idea in principle and I think it's worth a try: Identify the most important tasks of a day and devote a hyper-focused two hours of the day to them. Yet, a lot of the other things in the book are a bit obvious.

I am still going to give this one a try, though. Experimenting it next week.
Nery Guzman
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excelente

Una manera fácil y rápida de presentar tips para poder organizar 2 mejor trabajos corporativos. Un buen complemento a David Allen
Phuc Nguyen
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hãy đăt ra 2h khoá cửa tập trung làm những việc cần làm.
Debra
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Don't float from task to task, strategically use these scientific, yet simple, principles to improve your effectiveness and performance. Clear, easy to understand, and quick to read.
Doreen Farrar
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly sensible advice on adding some sense of organization to the reader's work and personal life. I read it as a library book, but I may have to buy it for future reference.
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