By Jeff Sherman Staff Writer Published Dec 29, 2011 at 10:01 AM

It’s that time.  You know it well.  Lay out the goals, plan your work and work the plan to make the next year awesome.  

One of the ways to help prioritize is learning from those who do it well.  And while I called Tim Sanders’ "Today We Are Rich," my best read of the year, I’m here today to tell you briefly about "18 Minutes" from Peter Bregman.  

Bregman, a business and leadership consultant and writer, offers a "process for prioritizing your day in three steps that take 18 minutes over a nine-hour workday: Set your plan for the day, refocus every hour, review how you spent your time."  

It’s a great read and one that will help you get around challenges and gain traction on what matters most in your life.  "18 Minutes" is the perfect read for this time of the year, so I thought I’d share it with you.  

We all need tips, tricks and more focus in our lives, so as you head into next year I truly suggest that you join me in reading Bregman’s book.

Enjoy, and here’s to 2012!

Jeff Sherman Staff Writer

A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.

He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.

Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.  He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.  

He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.

He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.