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Leave the Office Earlier: The Productivity Pro Shows You How to Do More in Less Time...and Feel Great About It [Kindle Edition]

Laura Stack
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Long hours. Juggling family and work. Deadlines. High stress levels. Today’s professionals are feeling more overworked and overwhelmed than ever before. Yet you CAN get more done than you ever thought possible—and still get home to your real life sooner. Laura Stack, “The Productivity Pro,”® shows you how.

Leave the Office Earlier explores the ten key factors that improve results, lower stress, and save time in today’s workplace. Fun, interactive quizzes speed you to exactly the advice and techniques you need the most. You can tailor this information-loaded book to your own needs by focusing on your problem areas—such as time-wasters, distractions, email overload, or poor organization—and by following the easy-to-implement solutions. With Laura Stack’s help, you’ll work more efficiently and be more productive in every area of your life, so that you can really live according to your priorities. Don’t just work faster. Work better, reduce stress, and leave the office earlier!


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Quoting a 2003 workplace study by COGNA Behavioral Health called "Worried at Work: Mood and Mindset in the American Workplace," Stack argues that workers are stressed to epidemic proportions. Building on the platform of the acronym "PRODUCTIVE," Stack, who holds an MBA and gives inspirational speeches, introduces 10 quizzes and consecutive chapters based on the productivity factors: preparation, reduction, order, discipline, unease, concentration, time mastery, information and equilibrium. By combining fill-in-the-blanks charts and lists with her established techniques, Stack presents a method of organization that can be individualized and effective. Thankfully, her didactic tendencies are muffled by her straightforward style and effort to target each individual organizer. Her book is thorough, and although the payoff is a good one, readers who are truly swamped may not have the time to complete all of the exercises.
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Long hours. Juggling family and work. Deadlines. High stress levels. Today's professionals are feeling more overworked and overwhelmed than ever before. Yet you CAN get more done than you ever thought possible and still get home to your real life sooner. Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro shows you how.

Leave the Office Earlier explores the ten key factors that improve results, lower stress, and save time in today's workplace. Fun, interactive quizzes speed you to exactly the advice and techniques you need the most. You can tailor this information-loaded book to your own needs by focusing on your problem areas such as time-wasters, distractions, email overload, or poor organization and by following the easy-to-implement solutions. With Laura Stack's help, you'll work more efficiently and be more productive in every area of your life, so that you can really live according to your priorities. Don't just work faster.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1928 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (May 4, 2004)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1MHS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,582 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Author Has Never Actually Worked in an Office! March 13, 2005
Format:Paperback
You have to be carefull with these National Speakers Asso. folks who write their speech into a book. The author says in the book that she heard Zig Ziglar when she was 14, skipped her Senior year of high school, took some business courses in college and went out on the speech circut. Her lack of real world work experience shows in the book. Many many topics with nothing covered in depth. No advice on dealing with conflicting priorities - just the suggestion that you not let your priorities conflict. Lots of her advice has nothing to do with productivity like "you should dress professionally" and when it does it is pretty simplistic like "say no from the heart." I was looking for a corporate veteran who would share proven techniques to get the right things done and get home earlier - I did not find it in this book.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the Busy Executive! May 15, 2004
Format:Paperback
If you work 50-75 hours a week, this book is a must-have! It teaches you to be more productive during the day, get your work done in less time, and get home to your life sooner. This is the most complete guidebook on personal productivity I have ever read. It's not just about time management or getting organized or life balance...it's a complete picture of all the things you need to do to improve output, lower stress, and save time at work and home.
Using the word "PRODUCTIVE" itself as a foundation, Stack devotes a chapter to each of the ten key productivity factors: Preparation, Reduction, Order, Discipline, Unease, Concentration, Time Mastery, Information, Vitality, and Equilibrium. Readers determine their own Productivity Quotient (PQ) ™ by answering ten questions per factor, resulting in a cumulative score out of 500 possible points.
I really like the way the book is organized. It's not designed to be read from beginning to end: Stack has used a great hyperlink concept that allows you to "jump" right to the chapter and section where you most need help and begin working on those skills. This modular format is really helping me improve my personal productivity, one habit at a time!
Stack is also collecting the results of the Productivity Quotient (PQ) on her website, so you can compare your performance to others in your industry, income, gender, job function, and age. Cool! You can also register for a FREE monthly follow-up email, which provides support and coaching on productivity concepts. You can sign up on her website at [...]
If you know someone who works too many hours or needs to improve performance, this will be a great gift...and a must-have addition to your personal library.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even the super-organized people will find tips! August 18, 2004
Format:Paperback
Being "organized to a fault" myself, I really wasn't expecting to find much new here. But I was very pleasantly surprised--particularly in the breadth of the topics covered--everything from how to get your kids off in the morning with all their "stuff" in hand to tips on Microsoft shortcuts. I marked quite a few new tips with Post-Its to share with my assistant to improve our team productivity. Great layout--easy to read. It's a pick-up, put-down type of book as you have a few minutes here and there to read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Learned a Lot of Very Useful Tools May 14, 2004
Format:Paperback
It is obvious Laura Stack has a lot of hands-on experience working with people like me who are not naturally organized. Her style is a wonderful mix of stories, examples, theory, practice and concrete tips. It's a great read, completely current and I took notes all through. I stopped from time to time to learn more about resources she mentions that I had never heard of. Naturally the book itself is masterfully organized. My only complaints are that she uses memory tools to help remember her steps that are too long for me to remember. Also there is no index. Get it anyway. I expect to return to this book again and again.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leave the Office Earlier October 13, 2005
By Nik
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I recommend this book for anyone who has lost the big picture of their life and where work fits into it. I have been very dissatified with work as of late. I feel like I work hard, I am there for long hours, but have not been as productive as others. Working through the exercises in the book has helped me more then I could have imagined! You have to do the work sheets. It is not a book to just skim through. As a result my goals are more streamline and priorites adjusted and as a result I get out of work earlier. I was spending time doings tasks that I felt were important but in reality were not. I just bought two more for my partners. Note I beleive this is very helpful for women, in particular, who spread themselves too thin and do too much multi-tasking. Women see all the little things at work that need done, do not necessarily delegate, and do those little things that others may not even notice. All of which in the end only waste time. I believe it is good for those work-a-holics who think they need to stay. On your death bed you will not say to yourself I should have spent more time at the office. Thank You. Nicole Bunch
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Book May 6, 2004
Format:Paperback
This is a superb book that will help you do your work and live your life with balance, focus, and congruence. Laura Stack shows us how to be extraordinary in business while also being wonderfully invested in the essence of family and community. Read these pages with the warmth of your heart and soul, not only with the intellect of your mind. You'll then live the width and depth of your life not merely the length of your years.
Nido Qubein, Chairman, Great Harvest Bread Company
Founder, National Speakers Association Foundation
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideas You Can Actually Use Today
Many of my friends and colleagues know that I am brutally efficient. So, it is no small feat for me to recommend this time management book by Laura Stack. Read more
Published on January 6, 2010 by Kristin J. Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for those looking to do MORE w/ LESS time
Since I've gotten this book and practiced some of the things I learned, I've really noticed some improvement. Read more
Published on December 28, 2009 by H. NGUYEN
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone Can Benefit from This Book
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Published on September 1, 2009 by Tom K.
3.0 out of 5 stars Leave the Office Earlier and Be Home with Your Family
I bought this book while juggling a difficult job which required more time at work and on the road than I anticipated. Read more
Published on December 20, 2007 by B. Gallo
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on the time management.
This is the best book I have read on the time management.

It covers not only the principles, but also the guidelines you can follow to improve your productivity.
Published on June 9, 2007 by Heron Cheer
5.0 out of 5 stars I like to think of "earlier" as on time
Ever watch all your co-workers leaving on time while you stay and work into the night? Today, so many office workers are burning the late-night oil, especially office managers. Read more
Published on January 4, 2007 by James D. Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars great productivity book
I found this book so useful, and it has certainly influenced my productivity. She had a lot of great, practical advice, written in an easy to use form. Read more
Published on July 11, 2006 by C. Dush
5.0 out of 5 stars Does this book come in a pill form?
All right - I need help. There, I've said it and I'm glad. Stack has worked in a corporate venue and, more importantly, is an entrepreneur running her own business which is what... Read more
Published on March 15, 2005 by Ian Percy
5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging mix of information, ideas, and motivation.
This book hooked me from the very start. Laura Stack begins by posing the question "What's really important in your life? Read more
Published on March 15, 2005 by J. Calloway
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More About the Author

Laura Stack is America's Premier Expert in Productivity™. In 1992, Laura founded her company, The Productivity Pro, Inc., which specializes in business performance, strategy execution, and employee productivity. As a highly-regarded speaker and author, Laura shares her vision and methodologies around the globe on creating Maximum Results in Minimum Time®. A sought-after thought leader, Laura writes on high-performance cultures, human potential, and peak performance in her columns in The Business Journal, Success, Training, Productive, and Time Management Magazines. Laura uses both high energy and high content to educate, entertain, and motivate audiences to produce greater results in the workplace. She was the 2011-2012 President of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and is the recipient of the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, NSA's highest earned designation.

Laura is the author of six bestselling productivity books published by Random House, Wiley, and Berrett-Koehler, most recently, Execution IS the Strategy (2014). Her books have been published in over 20 countries and translated into many foreign languages, including Japanese, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Italian, and Romanian. Laura's popular weekly electronic productivity bulletin has subscribers in 38 countries.

Widely regarded as one of the leading experts in the field of human performance and workplace issues, Laura has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, and Forbes magazine. Laura has been a spokesperson for Microsoft, Dannon, belVita, 3M, Skillsoft, Office Depot, Day-Timer, and Xerox. Her client list includes top Fortune 500 companies, including Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Aramark, Bank of America, GM, Wells Fargo, and Time Warner, plus government agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service, the United States Air Force Academy, the Census Bureau, and the U.S. Senate.

Laura lives with her husband and three children in Denver, Colorado.





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