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Productivity for Librarians

Book Description

Productivity for Librarians provides tips and tools for organizing, prioritizing and managing time along with reducing stress. The book presents a resources guide for continued learning about and exploration of productivity in relation to individual circumstances featuring motivation, procrastination and time management guidelines. Addressing the unique challenges faced by librarians, the author supplies a balanced view of a variety of tools and techniques for dealing with overwork and stress.

  • There are many books on productivity, but none specifically targeted at library workers. We face unique challenges in our profession and this book will address these
  • This book will not espouse a single approach to dealing with overwork and stress, but will instead present a balanced view of several tools and techniques that are of assistance
  • This book provides a resource guide for continued learning about and exploration of productivity as applied to the reader’s individual circumstances. The author has also created an online community for readers to share information and continue their work

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. List of tables
  6. About the author
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Preface
  9. Chapter 1: What is productivity?
    1. History of productivity
    2. What productivity is not
    3. Why librarians? Why libraries?
    4. Why you?
  10. Chapter 2: Motivation
    1. The big picture and setting goals
    2. SMART goals
    3. What if I have no goals?
    4. Achieving balance
    5. How to achieve balance at work
    6. Keeping balance outside the workplace
    7. Burnout and setting limits
    8. Improving communication
    9. How to say no
    10. Making your workspace work
    11. Finding the fun
    12. A focus on the future
    13. Rewards
    14. Questions to consider
  11. Chapter 3: Procrastination
    1. Procrastination and perfectionism
    2. Procrastination as avoidance
    3. Procrastination as poor impulse control
    4. How to minimise procrastination
    5. Dealing with e-mail
    6. Dealing with other distractions
    7. The Pomodoro Technique
    8. Procrastination as motivation?
    9. The to-do list
    10. To-do lists and organisation
    11. Tools to help organise to-do lists
    12. Getting started with to-do lists
    13. To-do list as tool, not lifestyle
    14. Questions to consider
  12. Chapter 4: Time management
    1. Time management quiz
    2. Identifying peak productivity times
    3. How to get out the door at the end of the day
    4. Defending your time
    5. Multitasking
    6. Dealing with meetings
    7. Smart multitasking
    8. Office hours
    9. Setting priorities
    10. Delegating
    11. Calendar tools
    12. Not just the tools
    13. Questions to consider
  13. Chapter 5: Systems of productivity
    1. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
    2. Getting Things Done
    3. Never Check E-Mail in the Morning
    4. Bit Literacy
    5. The Four-Hour Workweek
    6. Zen to Done
    7. One Year to an Organized Work Life
    8. Systems quiz
    9. A cautionary note
    10. Questions to consider
  14. Chapter 6: Managing for productivity
    1. First take the mote from your own eye
    2. Trust is the key
    3. Avoiding micromanagement
    4. Communication is everything
    5. Availability
    6. Breaking the cycle of crisis management
    7. Burnout and the organisation
    8. Anticipate the future and plan for it now
    9. Questions to consider
  15. Chapter 7: Sticking with productivity
    1. Take your time
    2. Visualise the change
    3. Accountability is a virtue
    4. Creating focus
    5. The media diet
    6. The review process
    7. The mind dump
    8. Flexibility
    9. Trust your system
    10. Rewards revisited
    11. Don’t break the chain
    12. Resistance to change
    13. Should I quit?
    14. Is that all there is?
    15. Questions to consider
  16. Chapter 8: Resource guide
    1. General online resources
    2. Motivation
    3. Procrastination
    4. Time management
    5. Systems
    6. Others that might be of interest:
    7. Articles on the application of Seven Habits
    8. General articles and books of interest
    9. The final word
  17. Chapter 9: Wrapping up
  18. Bibliography
  19. Index