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99U and Jocelyn K. Glei

Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus and Sharpen Your Creative Mind

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Manage Your Day-To-Day by 99U and Jocelyn K. Glei is a book that helps readers navigate the distractions of the modern work environment and develop a successful daily routine. Drawing on insights from productivity experts, the book offers actionable tips to increase focus, creativity, and productivity.

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    Develop a daily routine that matches your body’s rhythm.

    If you’re like most people, then the first thing you do when you get to the office is check your email. While this might seem like a good idea, starting your day with this simple task can actually reduce your overall productivity.

    Our bodies follow what’s called a circadian rhythm, whereby our energy levels wax and wane throughout a 24-hour period. These rhythms cause us to be more effective in the morning and we should therefore reserve that time for important or difficult tasks.

    When we get to work and see an inbox full of unread messages, it’s tempting to try to immediately resolve the stress of knowing that someone is waiting for our response by answering those emails. But answering emails is a simple task that doesn’t require much thought or creativity.

    What’s more, responding to emails or phone calls in the morning causes you to use your most effective time working on other people’s priorities.

    And when you finally get around to working on your own projects, you’ll find yourself fatigued and less efficient. That’s why creative coach Mark McGuinness suggests that you devise a work routine that allows you time to start your day with your own projects: make it a rule not to respond to any emails before your own creative work is done.

    In addition, you should make sure to take breaks and get enough sleep in order to maximize the body’s available energy. How much sleep is enough? While it’s hard to say, consider that only 2.5 percent of the population feels comfortable getting less than seven hours of sleep.

    So, if you’re like most, you should devise a routine that allows for at least seven hours of sleep every night, rather than relying on an extra cup of coffee.

    And don’t forget to also include breaks in your new work routine: studies have shown that we can maintain peak function for only about 90 minutes at a time. So make sure to pause and relax regularly so that you can recharge.

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    What is Manage Your Day-To-Day about?

    Manage Your Day-To-Day is a collection of ideas, wisdom and tips from well-known creative people. It offers readers valuable insights on how to develop effective work routines, stay focused and unleash their creativity.

    Manage Your Day-To-Day Review

    Manage Your Day-To-Day (2013) offers practical advice for achieving focus and productivity in a world full of distractions. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It provides concrete strategies to help readers manage their time and energy more effectively, allowing them to work smarter, not harder.
    • The book features insights from leading creative thinkers and professionals, making it a valuable resource for anyone looking to enhance their productivity and creativity.
    • With its straightforward and actionable approach, the book keeps readers engaged and motivated, ensuring that the advice stays relevant and applicable.

    Best quote from Manage Your Day-To-Day

    A truly effective routine is always personal – a snug fit with your own talent and inclinations. – Mark McGuinness

    —99U and Jocelyn K. Glei
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    Who should read Manage Your Day-To-Day?

    • Anyone who needs to be creative every day
    • Anyone who is interested in how to be more productive at work
    • Anyone who wants to get more enjoyment out of their creative work

    About the Author

    Jocelyn K. Glei is editor-in-chief and director of 99U, an online magazine dedicated to providing people with innovative tips on how to bring their ideas to life. In addition, she was also the editor of the follow-up to this book, Maximize Your Potential.

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    The main message of Manage Your Day-To-Day is to effectively manage your time and energy to increase productivity and creativity.

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    Manage Your Day-To-Day is worth reading because it provides practical strategies to optimize your daily routine for better productivity and focus.

    Who is the author of Manage Your Day-To-Day?

    Manage Your Day-To-Day is written by Jocelyn K. Glei and 99U.

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