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Personal Productivity Secrets: Do what you never thought possible with your time and attention... and regain control of your life

Book Description

Learn tried-and-tested methods for optimal personal productivity!

Ever find yourself more than a bit overwhelmed by the constant influx of e-mail and reminders as well as the ever-present calendars, to-do lists, miscellaneous paper, and sticky notes? Add to that, myriad devices that were originally intended to make us more efficient, but in reality, only end up forcing us to juggle even more. Our brains aren't wired for all this, but we can learn to be productive. Personal Productivity Secrets gives you everything you need to know to be organized, in control, and to get things done:

  • Understand how your brain absorbs, organizes, and filters the daily deluge of information, and learn to trick your brain into being more productive

  • Appreciate the difference between "Time Management" and "Attention Management" and create workflow processes that help you defend your attention

  • Create a plan for navigating endless technology options, and implement tools that will keep you productive, focused and in control

Personal Productivity Secrets reveals updated and vital information for achieving your significant results, and being as productive as you can be in a fast-paced, technology-driven society.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Part I: Managing Your Attention
    1. Chapter 1: Stop Trying to Manage Your Time
      1. Modern Technology: Advantages and Disadvantages
      2. The Truth about Multitasking
      3. Self-Induced ADD
      4. Information Overload in the Attention Age
      5. The Impact of Focus
      6. Sit! Stay! Sleep.
      7. Stop Working on the Wrong To-Do List
      8. Control Your Attention, Control Your Life
      9. Summary
      10. Quick Tips
      11. Endnotes
    2. Chapter 2: Changing Your Mind: Attention Management
      1. Solving the Right Problem
      2. Supporting versus Sabotaging
      3. Learning to Incorporate Change
      4. Reconciling Your “Planner” and Your “Doer”
      5. It Matters Where You Start
      6. Attending to Your Goals
      7. Controlling the Details
      8. Being Realistic about “One More Thing”
      9. Summary
      10. Quick Tips
      11. Endnotes
  3. Part II: The Empowered Productivity System
    1. Chapter 3: Empowering Your Productivity
      1. Avoiding the Lion Syndrome
      2. Picking the Right Spot on the Eisenhower Matrix
      3. Summary
      4. Quick Tips
      5. Endnotes
    2. Chapter 4: Controlling the Constant Chatter
      1. Organizing Your Mental Clutter
      2. Gaining Clarity
      3. Five Ways to Organize
      4. Categorizing Avoids Chaos
      5. Getting Specific
      6. Summary
      7. Quick Tips
    3. Chapter 5: Supplementing Brainpower with Technology
      1. Necessary Components of a Good Set of Productivity Tools
      2. Choosing the Most Relevant Tools
      3. Why Tools Are Not Enough
      4. Summary
      5. Quick Tips
    4. Chapter 6: Clearing Your Mind Now
      1. You Need a Vacation. . .
      2. Begin Your Move
      3. Unleashing Your Inner Genius
      4. Manage One Life, Not Two
      5. Keeping Track of It All
      6. Capturing Thoughts
      7. Summary
      8. Quick Tips
      9. Endnotes
    5. Chapter 7: Capture, Store, Act
      1. Getting Started with Electronic PIMs
      2. Setting Up Outlook
      3. Setting Up iCal
      4. Setting Up Google
      5. Summary
      6. Quick Tips
    6. Chapter 8: Clearing Your Space
      1. Eliminating the Three Causes of Clutter
      2. Getting a Grip on Paper by Filing Effectively
      3. Learning a Strategy
      4. Getting the Right Gear
      5. Putting the Pieces Together
      6. Assembling Your File System
      7. Summary
      8. Quick Tips
    7. Chapter 9: Emerging Concepts in Information Management
      1. Can You Go Paperless?
      2. Ambient Information
      3. Summary
      4. Endnotes
    8. Chapter 10: The T.E.S.S.T.™ Process
      1. Deciding on Action
      2. Delegating Is Empowering
      3. Storing or Trashing
      4. Summary
      5. Quick Tips
    9. Chapter 11: Controlling Your Email
      1. The Role of Email in a Modern Life
      2. Three Types of “Checking” Email
      3. Replacing Your Old Tricks
      4. Developing a Better System
      5. To Get Less Email, Send Less Email
      6. Three Things You Shouldn’t Do
      7. Three Things You Should Do
      8. Assessing the Costs of Your Current Email Habits
      9. Getting to Zero
      10. Summary
      11. Quick Tips
      12. Endnotes
    10. Chapter 12: Defending Your Attention Using Technology
      1. Breaking Bad Habits
      2. Reducing “Noise” and Exerting More Control
      3. Picking the Right Email Client
      4. Creating Tasks from Email
      5. Control Your Email: Shut off the Automatic Download
      6. Summary
      7. Quick Tips
  4. Part III: Tools for Success
    1. Chapter 13: Mastering Your Technology
      1. Making Better Use of Your Calendar
      2. Knowing the Secrets
      3. A Great Add-On
      4. Being Prepared and Flexible On the Go
      5. Staying on Track
      6. Don’t Take Chances with Your System
      7. Summary
      8. Quick Tips
    2. Chapter 14: Managing New Communication—Social Media
      1. “Socializing” Communication
      2. Control or Be Controlled
      3. Know What You’re Doing
      4. Summary
      5. Quick Tips
    3. Chapter 15: Implications for Groups and Teams
      1. Productivity and Company Culture
      2. Is a PIM Enough?
      3. Summary
      4. Quick Tips
      5. Endnotes
    4. Chapter 16: Modern Conveniences—Reviews and Recommendations
      1. Your Portable PIM
      2. Lifestyle, Shopping, and Health
      3. Business and Travel
      4. Miscellaneous
      5. Summary
      6. Quick Tips
  5. Part IV: Appendices
    1. Appendix A: Recommended Book List
    2. Appendix B: Resources
  6. Glossary
  7. Read This First
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