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Attack Your Day!: Before It Attacks You

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Smarter time management for a whole new world: faster, more flexible, and easier! Mark Woods' activity-based Attack Your Day system has helped thousands of individuals supercharge their productivity – in work and business, in school, and throughout their personal lives. Now, it's your turn! Attack Your Day's five crucial "activity management" skills and 101 productivity strategies can help you achieve unprecedented levels of effectiveness, as you move relentlessly towards achieving your most important goals in life. You'll learn how to dramatically improve the way you choose and prioritize your activities… organize your day so it's inherently more productive… make sure the most important tasks get done… overcome procrastination once and for all… know how and when to "turn on a dime" in response to events, without sacrificing focus or efficiency… learn how and when to say NO to interruptions. You're always doing "something": make sure you're doing the right things at the right times the right way, and you can transform your life!

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Praise for Attack Your Day!
  4. Dedication Page
  5. Contents
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. About the Authors
    1. Mark Woods
    2. Trapper Woods
  8. Introduction
    1. Father Time
  9. Chapter 1. Activities Rule! Not the Clock
    1. Activities Rule
    2. Activities Are Never Neutral
    3. To Be a High Performer
    4. Three Incredible Gifts
  10. Chapter 2. Color Your Choices
    1. Get What You Want
    2. Predetermine and Anticipate
    3. Create, Then Do
    4. Color Your Choices
    5. STOP! Do Now
    6. GO! The Majority of Your Day
    7. CAUTION! Really
    8. NO! Don’t Even Think About It
    9. Mother Knew Best
  11. Chapter 3. Carry Your Time in Buckets
    1. Keep It Simple
    2. Bucket One—The Monthly Calendar
    3. The Most Important Appointment
    4. Bucket Two—The Catch-All Bucket
    5. Bucket Three—The Daily Bucket
    6. Bucket Four—The Memory Bucket
    7. Bucket Five—The Fingertip Data Bucket
    8. Bucket Six—The Communication Bucket
  12. Chapter 4. Arrange Your Plate
    1. Because You’re Worth It
    2. Five Times the Outcome
    3. Easy as One, Two, Three
    4. What’s on Your Plate Today?
    5. For Best Results
  13. Chapter 5. Don’t Just Execute, Flexicute!
    1. The Newest and Best Survival Skill
    2. Be Where You Are
    3. Use Your Own Style
  14. Chapter 6. The Hocus Pocus of Focus
    1. You First
    2. Self-Imposed, Internally Motivated Focus Breakers*
    3. System-Imposed, External Focus Breakers*
    4. Be Strong
    5. Improving Your Life Quality
    6. Get What You Want
  15. Conclusion
    1. Dinner with a Friend from the Moon
  16. 101 Productivity Strategies
    1. #1. Leverage Your Mind! Use It for Thinking, Not Remembering
    2. #2. How to Deal with Overwhelm: Begin with a Shift in Mind-Set
    3. #3. Do You Want to Avoid Time Crunches? Go Faster Than Time
    4. #4. You Can Have the Best of Both Planning Times
    5. #5. Having a Hard Time Ending an Overlong Call or Visit?
    6. #6. Want to Accelerate Your Personal Productivity?
    7. #7. Not Enough Time for You? Pay Yourself First
    8. #8. Try Counterpoint Time Management
    9. #9. Build a “Results List”—Not a “To-Do List”
    10. #10. Two Questions That Can Help You Save Time
    11. #11. Thank Goodness for Interruptions
    12. #12. Why Not Meet in the Other Person’s Office?
    13. #13. Facing a Difficult Work-Life Choice? Ask Yourself the Crystal Ball Question
    14. #14. Are You Guilty of Guilt?
    15. #15. Activities Rule, Not the Clock!
    16. #16. Rationalization—It Can Put a Choke-Hold on Productivity
    17. #17. Are You Getting Caught in Time Traps?
    18. #18. Want an Idea That Can Give You a Quantum Jump in Productivity?
    19. #19. Being on Time for Appointments Is More Than Gracious!
    20. #20. Avoid the Ricochet Effect and Stay on Task
    21. #21. Know Somebody Who “Spins Their Wheels” at Work?
    22. #22. Money! Not the Only Cost of Consumption
    23. #23. Interpersonal Conflict—A Productivity Time Bomb!
    24. #24. Do You Run Out of Energy Before You Run Out of Items on Your Action List?
    25. #25. Are Things Falling Through the Cracks?
    26. #26. Avoid Time-Debt!
    27. #27. Practice Planned Spontaneity
    28. #28. What Is Better Than the Best Memory?
    29. #29. Controlling Interruptions Begins Before They Occur
    30. #30. In Today’s Environment, Saying No Is an Instant Time-Saver
    31. #31. Can You Flexicute?
    32. #32. Email Jail! The Dirty Little Secret
    33. #33. Reduce Overlong Telephone Calls 30 Percent to 50 Percent
    34. #34. How Often Do You Make Appointments with Yourself?
    35. #35. Use a Talk File to Avoid Interrupting Others
    36. #36. Have You Become the Go-To Guru?
    37. #37. Try Paper Priority Piling to Clear That Cluttered Desk
    38. #38. When Is Dropping Something a Good Thing?
    39. #39. Use the Direct Approach to Save Your Time
    40. #40. Procrastinating on a Project? Use the Cold Swimming Pool Technique
    41. #41. Trap Paper Before It Traps You
    42. #42. Integrate, Don’t Contaminate, Work-Life Activities
    43. #43. Don’t Forget the Other Clock!
    44. #44. A Valuable Tip from a Friend
    45. #45. The Power of Proximity
    46. #46. Transition Time Is Seldom Managed and So Important!
    47. #47. It’s Dinner Time
    48. #48. Become a Dedicated Note-Taker to Save Time
    49. #49. Do You Suffer from FPAA?
    50. #50. Time Sponges Are Costly
    51. #51. Playing Tag as a Child Was Fun. Telephone Tag Is Not!
    52. #52. Meeting Yourself Face to Face
    53. #53. A Fire Is Not an Interruption of a Firefighter’s Work
    54. #54. A Merchandising Tactic Can Be Used as a Time Tactic
    55. #55. An Open Door Policy Is Different from an Open Clock Policy
    56. #56. Are You a Timely Concluder?
    57. #57. Are You Putting the Cart Before the Horse?
    58. #58. Avoid Problems—Clarify the Unclear
    59. #59. Slow Down; You Move Too Fast
    60. #60. Beware of Time Bandits
    61. #61. Caution! Beware of the Expansion Effect
    62. #62. Clutter Is the Wake of Running Rushed
    63. #63. Decisions Are Footprints
    64. #64. Don’t Wish Your Time Away
    65. #65. Failsafe Goal Getting
    66. #66. Grouping Gets More Done
    67. #67. How Is Your Time Management Vision?
    68. #68. How to Supercharge Your Daily Routine
    69. #69. If Everything Is a Priority, Then Nothing Is
    70. #70. Bad Moods Are Big Time-Wasters
    71. #71. When Time Windows Close
    72. #72. The 90-Day Advantage
    73. #73. Time Tracking
    74. #74. Self-Delegation Is a Time Tactic Many Overlook
    75. #75. Time Management Secret—Keep Your Weight on Your Downhill Ski
    76. #76. Recovery Takes Time
    77. #77. Spontaneous Goals
    78. #78. Time Is Not Refundable
    79. #79. Is Something Hanging Over Your Head?
    80. #80. Walk Away Time
    81. #81. A Time Management Code of Conduct
    82. #82. No Door on Your Office?
    83. #83. Are You an Insensitive or Sensitive Time Manager?
    84. #84. The Three Stages of Interruptions
    85. #85. The Long and Short of Time Management
    86. #86. Avoid the 12 Bewildering Behaviors of Bothered Time Managers
    87. #87. Slice Your Time Like Pie
    88. #88. Schedule a Race Against Time
    89. #89. Use Bursts of Efforts for Better Time Management
    90. #90. Where Your Time Goes, There Are Your True Priorities
    91. #91. 80 Percent of Time Management Problems Are Self-Imposed!
    92. #92. Noise Polluters Are the New Age Time Robbers
    93. #93. Just in Time, Time Management
    94. #94. What Is the Best Use of My Time Right Now?
    95. #95. Ruts, Routines, Rituals, and Your Time
    96. #96. The Most Ancient Time Management Tip
    97. #97. Take a Break from Time Management
    98. #98. Is Your Problem Your Boss?
    99. #99. The 3-Minute Hour
    100. #100. Four Ways Any Organization Can Increase Productivity
    101. #101. Trapper’s Work-Life Motto
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