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

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Chapter 3

Empowering Your Productivity

In This Chapter

  • What you might have in common with a lion
  • What you can learn from Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Getting rid of the “shoulds”
  • Managing crises
  • Being responsive versus reactive
  • Focusing on goals
  • Why control matters

If you’ve looked at the list of topics covered in this chapter, you’re probably wondering what lions and Eisenhower have to do with your productivity—with your ability to achieve your significant results. This chapter introduces you to a behavior that lion tamers know that lions possess, and that busy people share. Learning how to recognize it in yourself helps you “tame” the feeling of being overwhelmed that sneaks up on us all.

Eisenhower was known for staying focused on the most important things and not letting himself get caught up in the (often false) sense of urgency that sometimes infects behavior in fast-paced environments. In this chapter I introduce you to Eisenhower’s mantra and present you with ideas and techniques for handling different types of situations that might present themselves in the course of your busy day.

Avoiding the Lion Syndrome

Because of the volume and speed of technological advances, managing communication alone has become an overwhelming job. Consider this: Do you have more than one place where you get phone messages: cell phone, work phone, home phone? Do you have more than one email address? Perhaps your profession or industry is still using faxes. If you work in an office, you might get ...

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