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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

by Graham Allcott


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World-leading productivity expert Graham Allcott’s business bible is given a complete update for 2019.

Do you waste too much time on your phone? Scroll through Twitter or Instagram when you should be getting down to your real tasks? Is your attention easily distracted? We’ve got the solution: The Way of the Productivity Ninja.

In the age of information overload, traditional time management techniques simply don’t cut it anymore. Using techniques including Ruthlessness, Mindfulness, Zen-like Calm and Stealth & Camouflage, this fully revised new edition of How to be a Productivity Ninja offers a fun and accessible guide to working smarter, getting more done and learning to love what you do again.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785784613
Publisher: Icon Books, Ltd. UK
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 581,008
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Graham Allcott is an entrepreneur, keynote business speaker and founder of Think Productive. Think Productive run public workshops throughout the world and have run in-house workshops for staff at eBay, Heineken, American Express, JP Morgan, Paypal, the Gates Foundation and many more. He is the host of the popular business podcast, Beyond Busy. Think Productive's US office is in Novi, MI.

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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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