Update on Writing a New Edition
It’s time to get to work on crafting an updated version of Perfect Time-Based Productivity. Why? Here are a few reasons.
Reason 1 – No longer following my own advice
Shortly after my book was published in November 2014, I learned about SkedPal from a colleague. While I had heard of it before, her testimonial in the form of a blog post led me to download and try it.
It didn’t take long to revamp my daily practice, making the new program a cornerstone. Since then it’s undergone two major revisions, making improvements at each step of the way.
It’s hard to remember what I was doing before it was created, and when I start editing my book I guess I will find out for myself. At this point, I have mentioned SkedPal in hundreds of places on the internet – everywhere, it seems, apart from the pages in my book.
Reason 2 – Using the latest thinking, tools and techniques
I have always wanted the book to reflect the latest academic research, standing as a unique resource that curates all prior thinking. I was quite happy in late 2014 with the product – I had done my job. Then, a few months later, I wasn’t. The goalposts had moved and suddenly there were new practices, tools and theories to contend with.
This is certainly true in the case of Scheduling, but also in other fundamentals such as Interrupting and Warning. Also, gamification is now a much bigger reality in task management and time tracking. The new edition needs to incorporate these new realities.
Reason 3 – To include my latest writing
While I was writing my book I knew that I was leaving some gaps behind. A major one happened to be the notion that “time cannot be managed.” While this is a cornerstone idea, I never spent any effort to prove it.
Earlier this year, I released a 30,000 word Special Report that addressed this question in a depth I have never seen before. It’s a great example of content I have created in the past two short years that needs to be referenced in the book.
So I plan to start writing over the holidays. If you have already bought the Kindle book from Amazon, there’s no need to lift a finger. The updates will come to you automatically. I hope to also write a brief update once I’m done so that readers of the current book will know where to focus their attention.
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