Design Your Day: Be More Productive, Set Better Goals, and Live Life On Purpose
"There are a lot of books about goal setting. This one is special." — Scott Warner, CEO, Gigg
When it comes to productivity, hard work is half the battle. The first half—the crucial half—is planning well. Enter the DO LESS method, a simple way to achieve your goals more often, in less time, and with greater peace of mind. Learn how to:Decide the
Her strategy is her Do Less Method. It is a productivity and goal setting model designed to get more done in less time and succeed more often. The book is in two parts. The first part concentrates on deciding what is important and what we really want. The second part is about organizing. It includes productivity strategies to reach SMART goals and includes the four steps of ...more
The first part (Decide) was all right. I liked the general ideas; though, considering that they were far from being new or original (SMART goals chapter, for instance), that may not have anything to do with this book itself. Being the (sometimes over-) organizer I am, the chapter Fine-Tuning Your Goals had my heart, but I think Word of the Year isn't something a lot of people can apply to their lives.
The secon ...more
Seriously, I have my own talent doing everything at the very last second.
Unfortunately, managing to get any project, assignment or job done within 5 minutes of the deadline is not a satisfying experience and can be quite stressful.
“Design your Day” is based on easy concepts that really helped me starting with the right foot. It's all about decide what your goals are, create good strategies that work and organize yourself at the very best.
It's a good book, cle ...more
This is a quick read with a good refresher on principles covering how to take control over your time and your schedule. Claire makes her Do-Less system appealing. She writes with a very engaging style.
There are good tips a ...more
What I found most useful:
- Choose a "word" as a theme for your year.
- Create strategies to complete your goals.
- Limit your work to your best 20%.
- Track your time.
- Develop a morning routine.
It's short enough to read over a weekend and will get you motivated to start planing out your upcoming Mond ...more
From goal setting, to changes to make daily, the author is clear & thoughtful with her writing. Not too long, but filled with just enough information.
I must admit that there was little in this book that struck me as new, being someone who often reads book relating to managing one's life or one's time better . That said, this book did reinforce certain ideas that I mull over and gave me encouragement to test out certain approaches to make my life more efficient and allow me to do more of what I want to do (reading and writing, much lik ...more
According to the back of the book, “The first half–the crucial half–is planning well.” Claire Diaz-Ortiz explains her DO LESS method to help you think through what your goals are so that you can acheive them.
Honestly, goal writing is a lot easier for me w ...more
“There are a lot of books out there about goal setting. This one is special,” Claire boldly asserts.
Only a few pages in, I hoped her declaration would hold true. By the end of the first chapter, I found out she was a ...more
Although this book is designed more for those who have work to juggle with life and children, the main points and org ...more
I absolutely loved how to the point and succinct the whole book was, you can easily sit down and read it in an evening, although I don't neces ...more
I extremely loved the chapters where she talks about achieving your goals. And she gives helpful tips and tricks for setting smarter goals. When I saw she was going to cover setting smart goals, I was almost afraid I'd be reading everything I've read about smart goals. I've read a lot about them, but was happily surprised to find so much m ...more
A good primer on organizing your work and life in order to do more of each.
It felt like more of a refresher to me as I have read most of the content in various places on blogs or in other books. It made this book feel more like a series of blog posts combined together to make a book.
However, I do struggle a lot with organizing and prioritizing my time (hence why I picked up this book) and it did give me several great tips on how to do this.
In Claire's work, she has been called everything from "The Woman Who Got the Pope on Twitter" (Wired) and "Twitter's Pontiff Recruitment Chief" (The ...more