Author(s): Magdalena Bak-Maier
Rewire your brain and overcome the 20 key time drains that diminish productivity For anyone who's felt valuable time frittered away in checking emails or answering wrong phone numbers, or listening to a coworker giving you a minute-by-minute account of their previous night's date, help is finally here. Your time is, indeed, your own. And this handy guide, written by a leading executive coach, shows you how to retool your brain, reclaim your schedule, become a master of each minute, and make yourself more productive. Using a method that is intuitive, easy to remember, and simple to use, this book will help you transform how you think, what you focus on, and what you do so that you can begin to create tangible results. Includes exercises that help you learn important thinking skills--essential to tackling important projects and attaining all those once elusive goals Features highly visual exercises that are quick to complete, allowing you to change your habits and see improvements right away Identifies the 20 key time drains that interfere with productivity and happiness Full of creative, fun, and proven solutions to the common bugaboos of procrastination, feeling overwhelmed, and a general dissatisfaction with results, Get Productive! offers concrete steps toward rethinking how you work and reworking how you think.
The Perfect Starting Point (If You Don't Know Where to Start) viii 1. Find Your Own Productivity Balance 1 Section One -- Help! I'm Just Not Getting Anywhere 7 2. Assess Your Energy Levels 8 3. Find Your Energy Drains and Enhancers 13 4. Improve How You Connect With Others 18 5. Simplify Unnecessary Complexity 24 6. Figure Out Your Key Priorities 29 7. Overcome Your Procrastination With Action 34 8. Create a 'Feel Good' State 39 Section Two -- To Do: Get to Know SELF 43 9. Examine What's Important For You Now 44 10. Find Your Key Values From Seemingly Random Things 50 11. Discover Your Needs and Desires 55 12. Use Past Failures to Build Resilience and Strength 61 13. Clarify Your Goals 68 14. Be Productive Across All Your Key Priorities 73 15. Work Out Where Your Actions Are Taking You 79 Section Three -- Not Good Enough! 85 16. Face Your Productivity Ally 86 Use Your Emotions to Generate Positive Results 92 18. Unlock Your Perspective to Make Better Decisions 97 19. Understand How Your Brain Helps You to Be Productive 102 20. Take Control of Your Fear 107 21. Follow Your WANTs Instead of Your MUSTs 113 22. Use the Power of Criticism to Become Your True Best 117 23. Take Responsibility For What You Create 122 Section Four -- Get Productive and Just Do It! 127 24. Identify Your Productivity Blockers 128 25. Thirteen Proven Productivity Strategies You Need to Know 133 26. Develop Productive Thinking 157 27. Develop Productive Conversations 162 28. Ask Productive Questions 168 Section Five -- Get in the Zone and Make Time Count 173 29. Take Control of the Impact You Make 174 30. Identify How You Add Value 179 31. Uncover Your Specific and Unique Capabilities 183 32. Get Results That Are Worth the Effort 190 33. Hone Your Key Message(s) 195 34. Mine Your Past Successful Strategies 199 35. Give Yourself Permission to Shine 203 36. Find the Tribe That Will Help You Soar 207 What Does True Productivity Feel Like? 212 Final Note 215 Further Reading 217 Thanks 218 About the Author 220 Index 222