Most of us live with the stubborn idea that we'll always have tomorrow to do our most important and valuable work. We fill our days with frantic activity, bouncing from task to task, scrambling to make deadlines and chase the next promotion. But by the end of each day we're often left asking ourselves "did the work I do today really matter?" We feel the ticking of the clock, but we're stuck in first gear, unsure of the path forward and without a road map to guide us.
Here's the hard truth: sooner or later all of our tomorrows will run out, so how we choose to spend today is significant. Each day that we postpone difficult tasks and succumb to the clutter that chokes creativity, discipline, and innovation results in a net deficit to the world, our organizations, and ourselves.
Die Empty is a tool for people who aren't willing to put off their most important work for another day. Todd Henry explains the forces that keep us in stagnation, and introduces a process for instilling consistent practices into your life that will keep you on a true and steady course. It's not about slaving over a project or living on a whim it's about embracing the idea that time is finite and making the unique contribution to the world that only you can make. Henry shows how to cultivate the mindset and the methods you need to sustain your enthusiasm, push through mental barriers, and unleash your best work each day.
Sure to bring a newfound clarity and a sense of urgency to how you approach your work every day, Die Empty will help you reach for and achieve your goals.
"One of the best books of the year. Passionate, practical and powerful, Todd will help you do more and do it better, starting right now." Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception"A simple, masterful manual for leading a fulfilled life... Bravo, Todd Henry!" (David Allen, author of the international best seller Getting Things Done)
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Same Old Same Old
No. Rehashed stuff. Platitudes. Dull reading.
Sounds like a corporate motivational speaker writing a book.
Deeeeep sigh. And a tired one at that.
Todd is probably well-meaning and sincere. I believe he is. But I'm just as well-meaning and sincere, when I say this book truly made me stressed. It doesn't feel organised, and just like my issue was with Todd's previous book "The Accidental Creative", this one quickly propels into manic overdrive mode, encouraging you to make a list of this, make a list of this, build this into your routine, and hey - you also need to do this and this and this and this.
I'm by no means against doing exercises, thinking and contemplating, but the more I read and think about productivity, the creative process, and life in general; it becomes more and more evident that 99% of "us" (as in "the western, young to middle-aged knowledge working class") are way too stressed and overworked.
We are getting too far away from what's really important in life. And another list, brainstorm, habit, goal: does *not* alleviate that problem. Quite the contrary: it *is* the problem.
One of the biggest "villains" in that tale, is David Allen. I was following his GTD methodology for years, and can wholeheartedly say that it's downright wrong in many of its concepts on human productivity and stress. Will not go into detail about that here, just say that Todd sounds like a GTD by-product. David Allen also endorsed his book with a glowing testimonial.
Lists are not a cure for a stressed out life. Lists are part of the problem. You can always think up more ideas, more projects, more tasks and note them down on a gazillion lists. But it will *not* make you more productive. Just overwhelmed.
Brain science doesn't back up the claims of GTD.
Okay narration, but too overworked, in my opinion.
Tighten it up. Balance it out.
Read The Desire Map by Danielle Laporte, for a more mindful, healthy substitute for Die Empty. One that will make you happy. Now - and at your deathbed.
I also highly recommend Autopilot by Andrew Smart, and Your Brain at Work by David Rock.
- Oliver Nielsen