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Pick Three: You Can Have It All (Just Not Every Day)

3.08  ·  Rating details ·  287 ratings  ·  58 reviews
A New York Times bestseller!

In this motivational handbook—both a business how-to and self-help guide—the New York Times bestselling author of Dot Complicated takes on the fallacy of the "well-balanced" life, arguing that the key to success is learning to be well-lopsided.

Work. Sleep. Fitness. Family. Friends. Pick Three.

In an increasingly demanding world, we’ve been told t
ebook, 288 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Dey Street Books
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Jan 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Who is Randi Zuckerberg's book Pick Three for? Answer: Randi Zuckerberg's ego.

I agree with several other reviewers that this book could have been a successful blog post, or maybe it could have just stayed a tweet (really, this book was based on a tweet). A tweet certainly wouldn't have pissed me off this much. Reading the jacket of the cover will get the message across to you, and unless you love to hate-read like me, I advise you to do just that. Aside from a precious few pages at the beginning
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book has a good underlying concept. Just did not need to be a book, a long-form article would have sufficed.
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Read the first few pages and you should have this concept down.
Well, this idea just hit me super-hard. *blinks in amazement*

" takes on the fallacy of the "well-balanced" life, arguing that the key to success is learning to be well-lopsided.

Work. Sleep. Fitness. Family. Friends. Pick Three."
Brenda Yeates
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
I liked the general idea of the book - choosing three main areas of focus everyday and let the rest go until another day - however the intended audience for this book was very confusing. It felt like unless you are some high powered executive and self employed millionaire, there wasn't a lot to relate to. I'm just a mom who works in health care trying to get through the week... someone in my circumstances clearly should be able to manage as there were very few examples/stories that made any conn ...more
Devon Anderson
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
a great way to look at prioritizing life, but could have been more effective as an article or series of articles. lots of lengthy examples and unnecessary explanations.
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was going through the list of books to read when I came across this for International Women’s day reading. I’m glad that I pick this, a very entertaining self-help for women and I get to know Randi more than just her last name.

I like her humorous and casual way of writing that it makes an easier ride to finish the book. She lists out the challenges for women nowadays and also ideas to address the majority issues with lots of preview about her friends, mom and Reshma. I am considering the next
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was surprised by this one. I don’t usually believe in the idea that you have to “pick three” of what matters most to you, so I found her perspective on picking three different things knowing it will even out over time refreshing. Her voice was distinctive and authentic, with a writing style that made this one easy to fly through. I enjoyed the different perspectives for every category and this one didn’t leave me feeling like too much or not enough. I’m excited to try out picking three and tra ...more
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
In theory I like the concept and may try it. However, a lot beyond the initial idea seemed unnecessary and not particularly helpful or illuminating.
Deborah Martinez
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this book, as Zuckerberg was authentic. I feel as if her perspective on picking three things to focus on each day and do those three things really well is a much more realistic approach then the work/life balance we hear and read so much about! Of course it is hard to pick your top three each day, but I am going to try it and track it and see how it goes! Glad I saw this one on the best business books for entrepreneurs and professionals to read in 2018.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
What a pile of garbage.
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was really meh. She had an interesting idea but it should have been an article, not a whole book. I found it extremely repetitive, and throughout the book she uses real life examples of people that are, for the most part, not that compelling.
Jul 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
It's probably 1.5 stars. Bought this on a whim and was kind of a waste of time and money. So many better books out there about managing time and fitting in all the pieces of your life.
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love this concept. We always want to do too much.
Heidi J.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational
It wasn't awful, but as much as I am struggling to prioritize, this just didn't click for me. The author's "conversational" tone also grated a bit. Too millennial. (All the hashtags had me cringing.)
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is a book with 1 great idea. Unfortunately, it's in the first chapter and everything after that is repetition. "Pick Three" could have been a blog post but instead the book keeps echoing the same mantra for hundreds of pages to justify its existence.
Timothy Morris
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
I got very little from this book.

I thought Randi would be sharing time management techniques, but all she does is encourage the reader to not feel guilty about prioritizing only 3 of the 5 categories (work, family, fitness, sleep and friends) on any given day. She does this with too many lengthy examples.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, nonfic
An idea that's already improved my life even though it's not entirely functional for this point in my life (I gotta change the categories around to fit me). The concept is great. The book had a lot of filler and examples which is good or bad depending.
Liz van der Stelt
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
In Pick three geeft Randi Zuckerberg een kijkje in haar succesvolle leven en hoe ze dit allemaal bereikt heeft. De reden voor haar om dit boek te schrijven is wat een vrouw van het toelatingscomité van Harvard universiteit tegen haar heeft gezegd: “Harvard is op zoek naar twee soorten mensen. De mensen die goed in balans zijn en degenen die goed uit balans zijn. De studenten die goed in evenwicht zijn vormen de ruggengraat van de klas, maar het zijn de studenten die niet in balans zijn die de kl ...more
Sandy Reilly
Randi Zuckerberg knows what it's like to feel like you have to do it all, and how there are never enough hours in the day to do so. She also acknowledges that a "balanced" life is a myth that even those who think they are accomplishing one are fooling themselves. It is physically impossible to successfully function in all aspects of life. Our current culture is too distracting, busy, and complicated to do so. Therefore, she suggests the concept of "Pick Three" -- each day, choose three aspects o ...more
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The reason I picked this book up was because the title and premise of the book reminded me of what I used to say to my husband when I was a stay at home Mom (in the throws of some pretty intense physical pain, PTSD, anxiety, exhaustion, and depression without treatment): I can cook dinner, clean the house, grocery shop, manage the house....pick two. I have since been working with some Docs and am taking anti-anxiety meds, pain meds (but not the typical pain meds...meds for other things all toget ...more
Jen Melham
First off, I have to laugh at the fact that for someone who proclaims that she works very hard to have a life outside of her brother's fame, she sure TALKS about her brother a lot! At first I found it pretty relatable... but then it got boring.

As for the "Pick Three" concept, like others are saying, this could have been condensed in a series of blog posts or some other online forum (perhaps a Facebook live. ;-) ) I was sort of bothered that while she DID address how important sleep is, and that
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Pick three is an interesting concept, the writing style is casual and engaging, and the interview subjects fascinating. But it falls short in its key promise, that you can have it all by rotating though five categories, picking only three each day.

Zuckerberg mentions in the beginning of the book that she’s very fortunate & not everyone has her resources, and she wants to acknowledge that. She says she wants to make sure that her method is applicable to those who don’t have the level of suppo
Feb 16, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stoped-reading
I stopped reading this book about halfway. Because all she was explaining is why you should balance, i.e. picking every 'thing' out of the five once in a while. But the question I kept having, and did not see the answer while browsing the book and reading the index: WHY these 5 things?
When seeing this book I expected at least an explanation why these five things (sleep, work, family, friends and health) and I would loved to read a guide on how to pick your 'top' things (of which to pick three of
Alona Fil
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has definitely changed my mindset. Now, every morning I pick three things that I will focus on during the day :)
It is funny, easy and practical book, that gives reader new prospective in time-management and lifestyle. In the end of the day I felt myself better physically and mentally, because I wasn't trying to fit everything important in one day; instead, I completed specifically what was important for me for today. Moreover, you can create your own categories, but remember to give v
Jen Selinsky
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pick Three speaks to a generation of people who are overwhelmed and overworked. As youngsters, many are taught about the “values” of multitasking, even though, in actuality, spreading yourself too thin can be detrimental. As the subtitle of the book so eloquently states, you can have it all, just not every day. Randi’s basic idea is that you can choose three important areas on which to focus each day. The examples she includes are: work, sleep, family, fitness, and friendship. Randi also emphasi ...more
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this book, and think it will resonate most for someone who is into their career. Some of her terms made me a little cringy, but overall I liked the message. The message is once again that you can't have it all every day, or, put another way, you can have it all just not at the same time. Zuckerberg (yes she is Mark's sister) says between work, sleep, fitness, friends, and family, you should pick three every day, and don't try to do more.

I already am happily lopsided but not always with
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thought this was a great book with a revolutionary idea. That said, it definitely was a little dragged out, and I felt the stories were singular and one dimensional, with one example for each category. I read it over vacation, but someone tight on time could just read the first chapter to get the jist of it. It’s written in a modern, compelling style which makes it light, easy read and I found the idea striking in it’s difference to common practice. I do think she makes it seem necessary to foll ...more
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
While I thought the idea for the book was interesting and practical, the main point of the book did not take very long. A lot of the rest of it felt like filler, and I ended up skimming quite a bit of it. There are some other books that have been like this in the past, where they seemed more appropriate for an article rather than a several hundred page book.

While the premise I think is sound (trying to do too many things, or focusing too much on just one or two things can be problematic) there i
Cat C
Feb 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the idea of this book when I heard the title, and thought it would offer a helpful framework for prioritizing and giving yourself permission to not do everything every day. But the book is overly rigid in its prescription (as the women of By the Book podcast learned, and I agree), plus there are very few concrete actionable tips. Instead it's all about anecdotes and workbooks, both of which I hate in self-help books. Plus, the style and tone are obnoxious and irritating (or is it ...more
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