Thursday 25 April 2019

Book Review: Free to Focus

From the Back:

Slay distractions, reduce your task list, and free yourself from interruptions

Everyone gets 168 hours a week, but it never feels like enough, does it? Work gobbles up the lion's share--many professionals work as much as 70 hours a week--leaving less and less margin for rest, exercise, family, and friends. If we're not careful, we can trade what matters most for a task list that grows longer by the day. What's the solution?

In Free to Focus, New York Times bestselling author Michael Hyatt reveals nine proven ways to win at work so you are finally free to succeed at the rest of life: your health, relationships, and more. He helps you

· redefine your work so it works for you
· filter your tasks and commitments
· cut out the nonessentials
· eliminate interruptions and distractions
· set boundaries that protect your focus and drive results
· leverage your time and energy for maximum productivity
· build momentum for a lifetime of success

Most people think productivity is about finding or saving time. But it's not. It's about making your time work for you. Just imagine having margin and free time again. It's not a pipe dream. You can be free to focus, starting today.
My Reflections:
As a small business owner time is always an issue. Have I done enough?, can I make this run more efficiently? How can I spend more time with my family?  Why don't I ever have enough time!? These are some of the questions that run through my head on a daily basis. 
Our business has a seasonal aspect to it so being productively efficient is more important than ever in my life right now. Imagine my delight when I spotted this book. I didn't think twice, Yes, please!

The system is a part of a whole bigger network of books by this author. He has written other books that will complement this one, and help readers further their skills. Another resource this book offers is online supplemental material recommendations, apps you can use to focus, It also gives you the website where you can download templates. I found this very handy, and easy to navigate.

I was a little worried at first, unplug from work? how does one do that with a home-based business? I'm the only one running this show! The phone rings I had better answer that! 
I was happily surprised by the s!simple framework, the easily manageable steps Michael Hyatt laid out. Will they be easy, no, are some of them achievable, absolutely! The affirming thing about this book was that I realized that I am already starting to incorporate some of the ideas presented here. 
All in all, I was very happy to read this book and think it is a must for anyone wanting to reclaim more time, dedicated work focus and the desire to become a more efficient and happy business owner. I am eager to implement these ideas and am sharing this book with my husband and co-owner!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

About the Author: 
Michael Hyatt is the founder and CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company, a leadership development firm specializing in transformative live events and workshops, plus digital and analog planning and productivity tools. Formerly chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, Michael is also a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of several books, including Living Forward, Your Best Year Ever, and Platform. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Inc., Fast Company, Businessweek, Entrepreneur, and other publications. Michael has been married to his wife, Gail, for forty years. They have five daughters, three sons-in-law, and eight grandchildren. They live just outside Nashville, Tennessee. Learn more at

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