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Mind Management, Not Time Management: Productivity When Creativity Matters (Getting Art Done Book 2)

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You have the TIME. Do you have the ENERGY?You've done everything you can to save time. Every productivity tip, every "life hack," every time management technique. But the more time you save, the less time you have. The more overwhelmed, stressed, exhausted you feel. "Time management" is squeezing blood from a stone.Introducing a new approach to productivity. Instead of strug You have the TIME. Do you have the ENERGY?You've done everything you can to save time. Every productivity tip, every "life hack," every time management technique. But the more time you save, the less time you have. The more overwhelmed, stressed, exhausted you feel. "Time management" is squeezing blood from a stone.Introducing a new approach to productivity. Instead of struggling to get more out of your time, start effortlessly getting more out of your mind. In Mind Management, Not Time Management, best-selling author David Kadavy shares the fruits of his decade-long deep dive into how to truly be productive in a constantly changing world.


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You have the TIME. Do you have the ENERGY?You've done everything you can to save time. Every productivity tip, every "life hack," every time management technique. But the more time you save, the less time you have. The more overwhelmed, stressed, exhausted you feel. "Time management" is squeezing blood from a stone.Introducing a new approach to productivity. Instead of strug You have the TIME. Do you have the ENERGY?You've done everything you can to save time. Every productivity tip, every "life hack," every time management technique. But the more time you save, the less time you have. The more overwhelmed, stressed, exhausted you feel. "Time management" is squeezing blood from a stone.Introducing a new approach to productivity. Instead of struggling to get more out of your time, start effortlessly getting more out of your mind. In Mind Management, Not Time Management, best-selling author David Kadavy shares the fruits of his decade-long deep dive into how to truly be productive in a constantly changing world.

56 review for Mind Management, Not Time Management: Productivity When Creativity Matters (Getting Art Done Book 2)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Taryn Moreau

    Here's another go-to book to add to my author entrepreneur reference shelf. I've been listening to David Kadavy's podcast for a long time, and I'm very glad he published this book because I always had the impression that a lot of what worked for him would also work well for me. And that, really, is the beauty of Mind Management, Not Time Management. Like many books, it is about getting things done, but it faithfully serves its specific audience: creatives. Synthesizing many core ideas from other Here's another go-to book to add to my author entrepreneur reference shelf. I've been listening to David Kadavy's podcast for a long time, and I'm very glad he published this book because I always had the impression that a lot of what worked for him would also work well for me. And that, really, is the beauty of Mind Management, Not Time Management. Like many books, it is about getting things done, but it faithfully serves its specific audience: creatives. Synthesizing many core ideas from other productivity books (as a lot of my favorite nonfiction books nowadays do) as well as Kadavy's own insights, this is the book I needed to form a more effective writing practice. The structure of Kadavy's approach to creative work is incredibly flexible, giving you a concrete place to start with your efforts while also leaving room to shape every part of the process to your specific needs. The recap of the central concepts at the end of the book is especially helpful for putting Kadavy's approach into practice. Becoming a happier, more productive creative feels more doable than ever.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Vojtěch Tatra

    1.⭐️5 star for the productivity tips and systems. Great observations, if I want to apply some productivity system on branched creativity world, I would 1 use Davids. There are some nice tips, observations and connections, which would probably be more digestible separately: Great point that state of mind/attitude matters much more in certain areas then time frame (and maybe in much more then we think). 2. Davids Personae and a bit of mine I think that being a great writer is still only Davids dream 1.⭐️5 star for the productivity tips and systems. Great observations, if I want to apply some productivity system on branched creativity world, I would 1 use Davids. There are some nice tips, observations and connections, which would probably be more digestible separately: Great point that state of mind/attitude matters much more in certain areas then time frame (and maybe in much more then we think). 2. Davids Personae and a bit of mine I think that being a great writer is still only Davids dream and wish, but maybe in the future he will really become one with all this tools he prepared for this journey. For now he is not for me in comparison to others - even in the self help category, but they dont say they are writers about themselfs constantly. David should decide if he want to present those tools, himself and his life or some actual creative work (personaly I would present those parts separately). I think he dont have that much talent for writing, so it takes more work, but it is a bit presented like he was already there. That does not say he didnt created a good podcast or is not a good graphic designer or dont have interesting life - his narative about himself just dont corelate with the reality in my eyes (I dont know all Davids work - to this time I read Heart To Start, this book and Davids newsletters, heard some podcast episodes). David is a bit narcicistic self obssesed control freak (at least a little bit) with his ego and reason is to create a legacy in books (and other creative work). A am actually very similar, so Davids life is kind a study for me, some narative triggers me for the same reason and some projection could be present too. For the same reason I like to donate by buying Davids books (donate because I think the price is relatively high for the actual extent, but thats debatable) and I hope Davids journey will be really successful at the end (especially for him). Being the same type as me, I think David have same tendency to overstructure things and life as me, but I think he is dealing better with it - in that he is my example. David reminds me that writer from Easy series (on Netflix) for whom everyone was his his therapist... Anyway, I am staying his fan. 3. Precision versus creativity Some examples (or stories from Davids life) wasnt really needed and was redundant in my opinion. Some neurology stuff (like short term memory) should have been explained with more scientific precision when they were used like they were in the book. I think there are combined relatively precise scientific findings with authors personal views and experience - thats not necessary for the point or productivity, but I would like it declared. Thats the problem of trying to write productivity - more science, practical based book with artistic depiction of ones life. It would be better separated (I think). Now its all about David with adjunct creative productivity advice. 4. Personal story intertwined with productivity advice. As I mentioned at poing 1 for the productivity advice I would give 5 stars - despite in some points its more good collection (and connection) which was already said in other forms. So if they would be only the productivity stuff (with real life examples, thats not a problem), I would give 5 stars in self help category. I would even give 5 stars if there were a separate, more detailed Davids life story book in the category memoirs/personal stories. But in this, a bit chaotic, combination, its ⭐️4 stars for me overall, maybe a little less (but I am counting other Davids works that adds up to this book).

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Battles

    There are countless self-help and productivity books out there that focus on time management. Kadavy acknowledges them and even enlightens us to one of his favorites (David Allen's Getting Things Done). However, using our time well is only a part of the equation, the other part is ensuring that our minds are able to do their best work within that time, and that different creative activities require a variety of environmental optimizations. From the book: "This is my proposal to humanity to let go There are countless self-help and productivity books out there that focus on time management. Kadavy acknowledges them and even enlightens us to one of his favorites (David Allen's Getting Things Done). However, using our time well is only a part of the equation, the other part is ensuring that our minds are able to do their best work within that time, and that different creative activities require a variety of environmental optimizations. From the book: "This is my proposal to humanity to let go of the notion that we can squeeze more from our time. Instead, let's think about how to get more from our minds." Mind Management, Not Time Management continues to describe how to optimize the building block of creative thinking: the moment of insight. Kadavy explores the differences between insightful thinking and analytical thinking, and how to find your Creative Sweet Spot. The creative process is broken down into Four Stages of Creativity, and how we can make room for them. With Kadavy's principles, we can stop struggling to achieve solutions and start letting those solutions "come to us." The book continues by describing the Seven Mental States that move creative projects forward, and how to match your mental state to the task at hand. Finally, Kadavy explains how to leverage the power of Creative Cycles and how to develop Creative Systems that are repeatable and applicable to any of your current and future projects. Kadavy is not simply a self-proclaimed guru, he has developed these systems while building his career as a writer. From the struggles of earlier books to the inspiration he has found while escaping the brutal Winters of Chicago in the far-away climate of Columbia. A digital nomad, Kadavy is sharing the tools that have helped him churn out numerous books, podcast episodes, and other writings. I give this book 5 stars not only for the unique angle of the subject matter, but also for Kadavy's thorough exploration, systems development, and personal experience spread throughout. Highly recommended for any individual looking to maximize their creative output.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Oleksandr Nikitin

    Messy, rough, uneven. Honest, open, inspiring. How do you tell a "make-you-feel-good" book from the true story? Instead of arming you with rose-colored glasses and dragging you deeper into the wishful thinking swamp, like so many "self-help" books do, this book walks you through the author's journey of understanding, embracing and leveraging your own mind. Through ups and downs, insights and despairs, stressful sprints and blissful valleys. Your journey won't be the same, and this book is not a Messy, rough, uneven. Honest, open, inspiring. How do you tell a "make-you-feel-good" book from the true story? Instead of arming you with rose-colored glasses and dragging you deeper into the wishful thinking swamp, like so many "self-help" books do, this book walks you through the author's journey of understanding, embracing and leveraging your own mind. Through ups and downs, insights and despairs, stressful sprints and blissful valleys. Your journey won't be the same, and this book is not a silver bullet, either. But it's a damn good illustration and inspiration that it's you who have to work, through those very ups and downs, mishaps and sudden thunderstorms, to find what works for *you*, personally. And a nice collection of tips, some of them quite similar to what I had discovered myself—so I suspect the other ones are worth trying, too. Trying, not just reading. For months. But then, you only fail when you stop trying. Read it, and decide for yourself.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jon Douglas

    I enjoyed the book and also felt it was a bit too long. Mind management is very interesting and the thoughts on it in this book are similar to ones I’ve developed over the years. It wasn’t exactly clear to me what mastering your mind meant by the end of the book though. There were a number of practical ideas all crowded into small chapters with personal stories which made it difficult to follow. Some of the stories felt a bit extended by the end of the chapter. My one takeaway from this book is th I enjoyed the book and also felt it was a bit too long. Mind management is very interesting and the thoughts on it in this book are similar to ones I’ve developed over the years. It wasn’t exactly clear to me what mastering your mind meant by the end of the book though. There were a number of practical ideas all crowded into small chapters with personal stories which made it difficult to follow. Some of the stories felt a bit extended by the end of the chapter. My one takeaway from this book is that I wish it was a bit more organized, it felt a bit all over the place although the content was great! Thanks for the book David!

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