Book Review: Getting Results the Agile Way - 52 Weeks of Habits52 Weeks of Habits


This is the best personal productivity book I have ever read.

I’ve read a lot of books on habits, productivity, efficiency, effectiveness, procrastination, etc. etc. and Getting Results the Agile Wayis the best one yet. It’s packed cover to cover with practical advice on being more productive and efficient, while also focusing on what matters and getting the right things done.

What You’ll Get

  1. A great strategy for getting the most out of your work days
  2. How to give your individual days of work a vision to fit into for the week, month, and year
  3. A strategy for giving balance to the important parts of your work, life, and relationships
  4. A better understanding of the common pitfalls of productivity
  5. Strategies for getting more results
  6. Key practices for being productive and getting results
  7. How to motivate yourself to do what’s necessary
  8. How to understand different work/productivity mindsets and use them to your advantage

Agile Habits

I’ve actually pulled a number of what I’ll call “Agile Habits” out of the book. The most notable of these is the daily “Rule of Three” habit that I added to my morning routine. This essentially includes writing out what my 3 goals are for the day, week, month, and year, and then tracking my progress on them as I go. It also includes a Monday Vision for the week, and a Friday reflection on how it’s gone.

The other major habit that I’ve really been able to draw from the book is the idea of having a “bias for action.” The point that Meier repeatedly makes is that we have so many cognitive biases and habits that tell us to wait as long as possible before acting, but much of the time we actually have the most to gain by just diving in and taking action. By leaping first and looking later, we can sometimes learn a lot more a lot faster. Try, fail, try again, fail again, fail better, you get the idea.

So Who Should Read It?

Definitely pick up this book if you want to:

  • Be more productive daily
  • Set better long term goals that you can consistently monitor
  • Find good tips on having an action-bias and not just doing work for works sake
  • Start a good method for balancing work and life “hot spots,” or important areas
  • Not waste your time reading productivity books that are filled with fluff and useless “you can do it!” terminology



2 Responses to Book Review: Getting Results the Agile Way

  1. 4 years ago by Chris Bailey

    Awesome review – just ordered it from Amazon! I’ve been intrigued by this book since I first heard about it, so I’m excited to dive deep into it! Thanks!