The Art of Working Smart (And Getting to What Matters Most)

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Pub Date 08 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 21 Feb 2022

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“If you feel like a hostage of your to-do list and struggle to find time for what matters most, this book will be a huge help.” —Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author of When and Drive

We’re all familiar with the signs that things are getting out of hand. The week has barely started and already you’re playing catch-up. At the end of another busy day, your to-do list is longer than it was that morning, your inbox overflowing with other people’s asks.

At times like those, no matter how hard we work, it can feel like we’re spinning our wheels.

Enter GRIP: The Art of Working Smart, by Dutch entrepreneur and bestselling author Rick Pastoor. GRIP is a fresh and forgiving guide that helps you get things done and free up time for what’s important to you.

In the space of one year, Rick went from being a 25-year-old engineering hire to leading a team of 30 at Blendle, the New York Times-backed journalism startup. It was clear he needed a new way of working. And fast.

So, Rick started experimenting. He’d keep what worked, ditch what didn’t, and share with coworkers what he learned along the way. The result is GRIP: a flexible collection of tools and insights that helped the team do their best work. Now it can do the same for you.

An overnight sensation in Holland, this bestseller has helped thousands find clarity amid the chaos of our demanding times. Now available in English, for everyone who’s looking to reclaim their sanity and add direction to even the most hectic days and weeks.

Rick's friendly, no-nonsense approach makes it easy to dive in. The book’s pick-and-choose structure, complete with cheat sheets for each section, means you can start applying what you need straightaway.

GRIP walks you through:

  • Unlocking the power of everyday tools you’re already using like a calendar, to-do list, and email
  • Lowering the volume on distractions to find your focus
  • And freeing up room to think big and grow

So you can get started on making your dreams a reality.

“If you feel like a hostage of your to-do list and struggle to find time for what matters most, this book will be a huge help.” —Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author of When and Drive


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Simple, practical, and direct to the point.

You can start doing the tips and advice while reading the book.

It is like a manual in organizing your work habits. The book doesn’t felt overwhelming because it was designed from the most basic methods to a more complex approach in decision making.

Highly recommended to individual who is starting to work in a company. To new managers, supervisors or leaders who found themselves overloaded with tasks.

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I wish I had read this book at the beginning of my career. I live and die by my calendar, I love to-do lists, and being efficient is very important to me, so this was basically written for me. There are three main parts to the book. Part 1 is about optimizing your calendar, the best way to use a to-do list, dealing with email, and generally being more mindful about how you approach your time. All the advice is practical and as I was reading I had my laptop out and was "fixing" my calendar based on the advice. This was my favorite part of the book because it had so much stuff that I could do right now, and it was almost all relevant to me.

Part 2 of the book is about being more intentional about your life, both at home and at work. This part wasn't quite as compelling for me, but only because I've already read a bit about this. I'm excited about trying out the "Year Plan Day" though, and added a block to my calendar to do this.

Part 3 of the book is a little bit of a mishmash, about taking a critical look at your self-image, how to listen, how to think strategically, and how to tackle big projects. Again I think a lot of this is covered in other books, but having it here makes this book a "one stop shop" for those who want to explore several topics before reading deeper. I liked the part about scheduling time to think in order to be more deliberate about it.

Finally there are some bonus chapters, including keeping better notes, how to handle going on vacation, and managing a team. I don't have a great memory for what goes on in meetings and I am not in the habit of taking notes. Sometimes I look back at emails I wrote myself and don't even remember what I was talking about. For this reason I'm excited to try out the ideas in the taking notes chapter.

Overall this book is fantastic! I plan to go back to it regularly to follow the prompts for planning and thinking through big problems. Thank you to the author Rick Pastoor, HarperCollins, and NetGalley for the opportunity to review this e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

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