I have read a lot of self help books and this one is arguably one of the best. In short it is practical, easy to read and generally related to where I am in life! Stever Robbins has tackled a topic that most of us have struggled with, how to work less, yet at the same time do more, or at least more of the right things. The quick and dirty summary of the nine steps are as follows:
1. Live on purpose
2. Stop procrastinating
3. Conquer Technology
4. Beat distractions to cultivate focus
5. Stay organised
6. Stop wasting time
8. Build stronger relationships
What makes it easy to read is that there is a logical progression between steps and the author’s unique sense of humour, which adds interest to the journey, though I’m not sure how zombies fit in. In seeking to assess how this book has affected me, I suppose the biggest impact is simply in terms of more tools for my tool bag, which I can use myself or make available for those I support and counsel. Knowing who we are what we want to achieve in life is crucial to all that follows, and sadly so many that I talk to have never sorted this out.
I resonated with many of the concepts shared but the most challenging was the third step on conquering technology. It was great to be reminded that I am not the only person who wastes an inordinate amount of time trying to get technology to work for me and not me work for it! Like many others I swallowed the lie that said computers, voicemail and mobile phones would give me more freedom and help me to work less but all too often I find they make me work more. Robbins’ approach to this, when coupled with his suggestions of how to stay focused and organised will hopefully revolutionise my office practices, if I can just get round to starting them! OK maybe I need to re-read the chapter on procrastinating…
Finally, the section on relationships and how to intentionally develop them was excellent, as were the suggestions for resolving conflict. The fact is relationships are central to everything, especially if they can help you work less and do more.
Great book, now all I have to do is apply it and “get it done’!