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Get Productive!: Boosting Your Productivity And Getting Things Done

Book Description

Rewire your brain and overcome the 20 key time drains that diminish productivity

For anyone who's felt valuable time frittered away in checking emails or answering wrong phone numbers, or listening to a coworker giving you a minute-by-minute account of their previous night's date, help is finally here. Your time is, indeed, your own. And this handy guide, written by a leading executive coach, shows you how to retool your brain, reclaim your schedule, become a master of each minute, and make yourself more productive.

Using a method that is intuitive, easy to remember, and simple to use, this book will help you transform how you think, what you focus on, and what you do so that you can begin to create tangible results.

  • Includes exercises that help you learn important thinking skills—essential to tackling important projects and attaining all those once elusive goals

  • Features highly visual exercises that are quick to complete, allowing you to change your habits and see improvements right away

  • Identifies the 20 key time drains that interfere with productivity and happiness

  • Full of creative, fun, and proven solutions to the common bugaboos of procrastination, feeling overwhelmed, and a general dissatisfaction with results, Get Productive! offers concrete steps toward rethinking how you work and reworking how you think.

    Table of Contents

    1. COVER
    2. ENDORSEMENTS
    3. TITLE PAGE
    4. COPYRIGHT PAGE
    5. DEDICATION
    6. THE PERFECT STARTING POINT (IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START)
    7. 1 FIND YOUR OWN PRODUCTIVITY BALANCE
    8. SECTION ONE: HELP! I’M JUST NOT GETTING ANYWHERE
      1. 2 ASSESS YOUR ENERGY LEVELS
      2. 3 FIND YOUR ENERGY DRAINS AND ENHANCERS
      3. 4 IMPROVE HOW YOU CONNECT WITH OTHERS
      4. 5 SIMPLIFY UNNECESSARY COMPLEXITY
      5. 6 FIGURE OUT YOUR KEY PRIORITIES
      6. 7 OVERCOME YOUR PROCRASTINATION WITH ACTION
      7. 8 CREATE A ‘FEEL GOOD’ STATE
    9. SECTION TWO: TO DO: GET TO KNOW SELF
      1. 9 EXAMINE WHAT’S IMPORTANT FOR YOU NOW
      2. 10 FIND YOUR KEY VALUES FROM SEEMINGLY RANDOM THINGS
      3. 11 DISCOVER YOUR NEEDS AND DESIRES
      4. 12 USE PAST FAILURES TO BUILD RESILIENCE AND STRENGTH
      5. 13 CLARIFY YOUR GOALS
      6. 14 BE PRODUCTIVE ACROSS ALL YOUR KEY PRIORITIES
      7. 15 WORK OUT WHERE YOUR ACTIONS ARE TAKING YOU
    10. SECTION THREE: NOT GOOD ENOUGH!
      1. 16 FACE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY ALLY
      2. 17 USE YOUR EMOTIONS TO GENERATE POSITIVE RESULTS
      3. 18 UNLOCK YOUR PERSPECTIVE TO MAKE BETTER DECISIONS
      4. 19 UNDERSTAND HOW YOUR BRAIN HELPS YOU TO BE PRODUCTIVE
      5. 20 TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR FEAR
      6. 21 FOLLOW YOUR WANTS INSTEAD OF YOUR MUSTS
      7. 22 USE THE POWER OF CRITICISM TO BECOME YOUR TRUE BEST
      8. 23 TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT YOU CREATE
    11. SECTION FOUR: GET PRODUCTIVE AND JUST DO IT!
      1. 24 IDENTIFY YOUR PRODUCTIVITY BLOCKERS
      2. 25 THIRTEEN PROVEN PRODUCTIVITY STRATEGIES YOU NEED TO KNOW
        1. STRATEGY 1: COMPLETION
        2. STRATEGY 2: BULLSEYE PRIORITIZATION
        3. STRATEGY 3: VALUE ADDED RIPPLES
        4. STRATEGY 4: BIG ELEPHANT
        5. STRATEGY 5: PERFECTION BREAK
        6. STRATEGY 6: POWER OF OTHERS
        7. STRATEGY 7: ENERGY CYCLE
        8. STRATEGY 8: POWER OF FIVE
        9. STRATEGY 9: IT’S UP TO ME
        10. STRATEGY 10: WORKING WITH FACTS
        11. STRATEGY 11: PLANNING
        12. STRATEGY 12: BINS
        13. STRATEGY 13: LYNCHPINS
      3. 26 DEVELOP PRODUCTIVE THINKING
      4. 27 DEVELOP PRODUCTIVE CONVERSATIONS
      5. 28 ASK PRODUCTIVE QUESTIONS
    12. SECTION FIVE: GET IN THE ZONE AND MAKE TIME COUNT
      1. 29 TAKE CONTROL OF THE IMPACT YOU MAKE
      2. 30 IDENTIFY HOW YOU ADD VALUE
      3. 31 UNCOVER YOUR SPECIFIC AND UNIQUE CAPABILITIES
      4. 32 GET RESULTS THAT ARE WORTH THE EFFORT
      5. 33 HONE YOUR KEY MESSAGE(S)
      6. 34 MINE YOUR PAST SUCCESSFUL STRATEGIES
      7. 35 GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO SHINE
      8. 36 FIND THE TRIBE THAT WILL HELP YOU SOAR
    13. WHAT DOES TRUE PRODUCTIVITY FEEL LIKE?
    14. FINAL NOTE
    15. FURTHER READING
    16. THANKS
    17. ABOUT THE AUTHOR