How to be a Productivity Ninja: Worry Less, Achieve More and Love What You Do

How to be a Productivity Ninja: Worry Less, Achieve More and Love What You Do

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In the age of information overload, traditional time management techniques simply don't cut it when it comes to overflowing inboxes, ever-expanding to-do lists and endless pointless meetings. Thankfully there is a better way: the way of the productivity ninja. Using techniques including ruthlessness, mindfulness, Zenlike calm and stealth and camouflage, you will get your inbox down to zero, make the most of your attention, beat procrastination and learn to work smarter, not harder. Written by one of the UK's foremost productivity experts, How to be a Productivity Ninja is a fun, accessible and practical guide to staying cool, calm and collected, getting more done and learning to love your work again.

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ISBN-13: 9781543623994
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 07/04/2017
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Graham Allcott: Graham Allcott is a productivity trainer, social entrepreneur and founder of Think Productive. Think Productive run public workshops throughout the world and also run in-house workshops for staff at a diverse range of organizations, including the eBay, Heineken & GlaxoSmithKline.

Prior to founding Think Productive, Graham’s career has been primarily focused on social action. He ran community volunteering projects for the University of Birmingham before becoming Chief Executive of the charity Student Volunteering England, and has since worked on a number of social enterprise and charity projects.

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Eight top tips to make you a Productivity Ninja

The golden rule: time management is dead. In an age of constant connection and information overload the way forward is attention management. How well you protect and use you attention determines your success. Here are the top eight tips to do so:

  • 1. Have Zen-like calm – Create time and space to think rationally and intelligently about the issue at hand. Realise that you’ll never get everything done, but that’s not the aim. Know that you’re in control, and trust yourself.
  • 2. Be ruthless – Protect your time and attention, focusing only on the things that add the greatest impact. Say ‘No’, both to yourself and others, and allow yourself to be choosy. Avoid all unwanted interruptions.
  • 3. Be weapon-savvy – The right tools can make you even more effective. ‘Productivity porn’ should be avoided, but there are plenty of great thinking and organizing tools out there that can help make your lives easier and your decision making better.
  • 4. Use stealth and camouflage – Keep yourself out of the limelight. Protect your attention to ensure it’s spent on what you decide to spend it on, not what others hijack it for. If necessary, turn off the internet.
  • 5. Try out unorthodoxy – The end result is what matters, not how you got there. Be willing to question everything and avoid getting stuck in a rut, doing things less efficiently than you could, at all costs. Don’t be afraid to stand out when the time is right.
  • 6. Be agile – Keep light on your feet, able to shift your thinking, react quickly and make decisions in a short space of time. Be able to spot an opportunity or threat, wherever it comes from.
  • 7. Try out mindfulness – Ensure that you are emotionally intelligent and self-aware. Be aware of your lizard brain - which tells you to stand still, blend into the crowd and not make a change – and learn to silence it.
  • 8. Be prepared – None of the above tips are possible if you are not prepared, both mentally and physically. Ensure that you are always ready to tackle whatever comes your way, both with an exceptionally well-organized stationery cupboard, and by ensuring that you have enough time off-duty to rest and recharge.

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