Saturday, July 12, 2014

Getting to It by Jones Loflin and Todd Musig

In the case of this book, "IT" stands for "the Important Thing." The book's authors want to help us stay focused in an unfocused world, which is a need I definitely have.

Getting to It is a very quick read with lots of great reminders about things I already know but tend to forget. I didn't learn anything new, but I did read lots of great advice about things like not wasting time on interruptions and tasks that are urgent but not important.

This particular passage hit me hard: "There may be people who are satisfied with a life of trivialities; they'll continue to punch the clock, aimlessly surf the Web, play solitaire, mow the lawn, and be content settling into what Theodore Roosevelt called 'the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.'" (p. 213) No thank you!

The book also discussed something that can't be said often enough - multitasking is a MYTH. "[D]ividing our attention can often be detrimental to our natural way of getting tasks done well, or at all." (p. 137)

If you need a quick read to remind you of tips and techniques to stay focused on the Important Thing, I recommend Getting to It. It is available at the Galesburg Public Library in the nonfiction section at 650.11 LOF.

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