Even though it’s not a beach read, 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction and Get The Right Things Done by Peter Bregman is one of the best books I’ve picked up this summer. Incredibly, organized and a quick read, this self-help book guides you through reflections on how you currently use (or lose) time and how you can manage it better. Peter begins every chapter with an anecdote so you can easily relate to the points he’s making and ends with a brief summary to reinforce the message. He addresses how to organize your time effectively, how to get and stay motivated and how to master distraction. While he cites enough studies to let you know that he’s done his research, he never bores you with a fog of scientific detail and all of the lessons in the book (even the ones that are plain common sense) are delivered in a way that feels fresh and inspiring.
If you feel like time is flying by and you’re not accomplishing the things you want to in your personal and professional life, I suggest checking out this book. It doesn’t focus on how to get it all done, but instead encourages us to figure out what actually needs to get done in order for us to look back on the years and feel as though our time was well-spent.