Yesterday we went for lunch in Chiswick and over in a used book shop D found a book for me and called me over to read a couple of pages.
The book originates from one of the most read columns on the Harvard Business Review website and is called 18 minutes. The man behind it is Peter Bregman, a consultant, speaker and writer and the CEO of his own management consultancy firm, Bregman Partners Inc, where he advises CEOs and their teams on how to lead and how to live.
Being a regular reader of Harvard Business Review and liking the pages I read in that Chiswick shop I bought the book and am now sat reading it. On the first page of the book I found this sentence:
We start everyday knowing we’re not going to get it all done. And we look back on the years and wonder where they went and why we haven’t accomplished what we had hoped.
’18 minutes’ is essentially a time management book. However, it’s not focused on getting everything done as that is, as the book rightfully points out, impossible and can even be a bit harmful. Instead it’s about helping you make smart and well thought through decision about what is worth doing and what is not. It’s easy to read with small manageable chapters, using first-person and family and friends case studies to illustrate the points. And not too far in, just as in Pascal Finette’s Never walk talk, running is used as a metaphor:
Life, too, is a lot more fun when it’s interspersed with some resting. A short walk in the middle of your race. A pause. A breath. A moment to take stock. To realign your form. Your focus. Your purpose.
Talking about the Run-Walk training method, relating it to our daily life race.
Quite fitting for this Easter break.
Tomorrow – Day 098 | Week 14 summary