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"The only golf I play is putt-putt with my kids. But you know what? It doesn't matter. This book really resonated with me. It made me think about productivity in a productive way. Mike Vardy teaches us to say "Hell yeah!" to projects. So do I recommend this book? Hell yeah!"

—A.J. Jacobs, Editor at Large at Esquire magazine and bestselling author of DROP DEAD and THE YEAR OF LIVING BIBLICALLY

"Mike Vardy has been the go to person for productivity tips for me over the past few years both as editor of the famous and via his new site at This book is full of his best insights from years of experience of working at the very top in the online industry. I can't recommending this book enough for anyone looking to take 2013 by storm and doubling down on efficiency on any tasks they are working on. Especially his descriptive elements of connecting learnings from golfing makes it all a lot easier to grasp."
—Leo Widrich, co-founder of Buffer

"While I'm not a golf fan, the use of golf in this book works perfectly. Plus, if you try something from the book and it doesn't work for you, simply call a mulligan and move foward."

—C.C. Chapman, co-author of the bestseller CONTENT RULES


THE FRONT NINE is a guide by one of the web's leading productivity experts, former Editor-in-Chief, Mike Vardy, to help you get ready, get set, and go forward with your new year, anytime you want. Taking elements from the game of golf and applying them to productivity and goal-setting, THE FRONT NINE aims to put you in a position to make a fresh start on a project, a goal, or even a deeper desire, whenever you’re ready.

THE FRONT NINE is a resource that is specific in structure, yet fluid in content in that it is accessible to anyone who has an open mind. You don’t need to be a “productivityist” to wrap your head around it -- and you certainly don't need to be a golfer. You don’t need to be using a task manager – or task management system – to make it work for you (although it can help). All you need is the willingness to want to change and see things through to make THE FRONT NINE work for you.

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