Peter Bregman’s 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done is a wonderful self-help book which provides readers valuable advice on how to cope in a fast-paced world plagued by too much change and disequilibrium.
Bregman believes that to move forward each person needs to let go of limiting beliefs and feelings which dwell too much on the past. A corollary is to rest at regular intervals so the mind can relax and refuel itself.
The author believes that each of us should set goals and reach higher than lower. At bottom, Bregman believes that we should never settle for less than we are capable of achieving. That means identifying and exploiting fully our strengths, as well as hidden passions all of us have to do things that transcend ourselves.
Planning can be very problematic for people, according to the author. This is why focus is important so that strength areas can be gleaned and differences can be ironed out with other people.
Part of planning involves articulating what outcome is desirable and achievable given practical constraints and limited resources. Bregman’s key emphasis on planning also involves identifying goals that matter instead of wasting time with peripheral matters that detract from goal attainment.
18 Minutes is an excellent book which provides practical advice on how to view the world as it is within the context of personal relations and the limited resources most people face in moving forward. In addition, the author provides excellent advice on how to weed through extraneous and distracting tasks in favor of doing things that really need to get done.