Book Review: Design Your Day

January 13, 2016

Design Your Day

Clair Diaz-Ortiz

144 pages

ARC through NetGalley

From the Publisher:

When it comes to productivity, hard work is half the battle. The first half—the crucial half—is planning well. Enter the DO LESS method, a simple way to achieve your goals more often, in less time, and with greater peace of mind. Learn how to:

  • Decide the right goals for you
  • Create workable strategies for reaching them
  • Harness time for maximum efficiency

From the big-picture to minutia, Claire Diaz-Ortiz walks you through every step of setting and achievingsmart goals. She gives tips for brainstorming goals, choosing the best ones, and adjusting them to make them realistic. Then she helps you put key strategies in place to reach them, day-by-day, year-by-year.

Whether you want to finish a house project, lose weight, or write a book, Design Your Day—by someone who read 150 books in her first year as a mother—is an all-in-one guide to smart productivity. Use Claire’s tricks and tools, and you’ll be amazed at what you can do in a day, let alone a lifetime.


Last year I read two books by Claire Diaz-Ortiz and I really enjoyed both of them, so when I saw that she had a new book coming out and it was on NetGalley I really wanted to review it.  During Christmas break I read through many different goal oriented, time management, morning routine, self help type books and this was among them.  I am really looking forward to using the best of the best ideas that I’ve gleamed from them all in 2016.  This was a short, easy read that I think had useful ideas and tips.

The book is divided into two parts –  how to Decide (making, creating goals,) and  how to Organize to make this happen.  I really liked a lot of her points – Do we make too many goals at once?  Do we use our fringe hours appropriately and work effectively?  Do we work during the best part of the day for us?  Sometimes it’s best for us to stop working!  I love this point!

Claire quotes many of the bloggers that I read in this book – and how they use their time to get it all done.  She also emphasis that sometimes it’s best to take breaks and turn it all off.  I love this point.  Since we own our business, we have to really manage our time and make sure that our business doesn’t take over and come home with us all the time – because it could!

Overall I enjoyed this book.  It was easy to read and had good ideas.  It isn’t my favorite book by Claire.  I really enjoyed her other two books, and if I had to pick a favorite I believe it would be The Better Life.

If making better use of your time, focusing on goals and getting more done is something that you want to work on in 2016, this is an easy book that you should pick up and read.

Final Score:

4 stars

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