manage your day to dayPicked up your copy yet?  I poured through Making Ideas Happen in 2010 and became a real fan of 99u over the last year or so.  When the first announcement hit about Manage Your Day-To-Day, a new resource assembled by Jocelyn Glei (editor-in-chief of 99u), I knew I had to get my hands on it.  So glad I grabbed a copy!

Manage Your Day-To-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind is a thought-provoking collection of insights by 20 “leading creative minds.”  Along with many familiar names (Seth Godin, Scott Belsky, Todd Henry, Steven Pressfield and Cal Newport), there are contributions by a striking set of thought leaders that are perhaps less known but with very impressive bodies of work in the fields of productivity, creativity, mindfulness, and time management.

More thought-provoking than how-to, I found myself personally challenged by a number of the essays.  Recognizing my own struggles and challenges, I came away from sections with a renewed commitment to practice unplugging, to be aware of my surroundings, and focus on a few complex projects.  I even came away with an entirely new awareness of my physical posture and breathing patterns and how that might affect my productivity…not to mention life-span!

Although Manage Your Day-To-Day is less how-to than Making Ideas Happen or The Accidental Creative it is still packed with great takeaways that deserve immediate application.  My copy is pretty marked up with notes to digest and figure out how to implement.  Like these other favorites, this one will be re-read many times.

If you’re on the lookout for ways to increase productivity and creativity…Manage Your Day-To-Day needs to be on your stack right now.  More than inspirational, this is a book that has the potential to pull you out of the status quo and change your day-to-day patterns.

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