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Personal Productivity Secrets: Do what you never thought possible with your time and attention... and regain control of your life 1st Edition

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"This book is a reference guide for changing your life to being sane and peaceful and I find myself picking it up time and time again to bring another area back into alignment. I have by no means accomplished everything that I know this book will help me to do but I am thrilled with the results so far..."—Dani Meyer, The Adventure Bite blog

"In Personal Productivity Secrets, topics range from how to use an online calendar, address book and e-mail, to how to best use an online storage tool, to-do lists and a capture tool, all assisting you with regaining that focus and control, bringing you peace of mind, success and fulfillment. Whether you feel you need to make a drastic change in your life or you feel you have it together for the most part, Thomas can help."—Molly McManus, Austin Woman Magazine

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"Thomas' book goes far beyond the 'how' of being productive and provides a whole lot of 'why,' delving into the nature of modern gadgets, media, software, social networks, and more. Highly recommended for those who feel they and their brains aren't on the same page."
Kevin Purdy, Writer and former Contributing Editor at Lifehacker

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118179676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118179673
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Laura Williams on April 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've been intimidated by other "personal productivity" books because they didn't help me sync my work life with my personal life in a "real life" environment -- you know, the one where work, family, clients, friends, home are all coming together on a daily basis. I appreciate the philosophical and tactical/practical advice and methods that Maura Thomas' teaches in her book. She recognizes that we "knowledge workers" have to deal with email, social media and numerous distractions on a daily basis, and she empowers readers like me to set boundaries and enforce them with habits and processes that support our productivity. When you have a system that keeps track of all your to do's, your mind is clear to focus on what matters most. Her Empowered Productivity system works, and it's not hard to do. With software and smartphones, we've got all we need in the palms of our hands.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MClifford on April 22, 2013
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I was always buying new productivity apps for my iPad because I thought I didn't have the right "To Do" tool, not realising that it was my process and not the tool that was the problem. I always had tasks that never made it to the top of my priority list because they were too hard, or would take too long. Now after reading this book, I have my process under control and all those too hard or too long projects are getting done and I feel in control. I now know where things are at and I m easily able to track when I am waiting on replies from others, where this just got lost in the maze before. I have bought this book for some of my management team to help them with their productivity as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Davis on April 3, 2013
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I'm a right-brain, left-brain mix - so part of me thrives on being methodical and well-organised, while the counterpart yearns to be creatively mega-productive. That level of productivity has been largely elusive, as I've tried and given up on a slew of time management and productivity systems in the past. Until I read this book! Maura Thomas has shared an enormously practical and valuable approach to conquering the stresses of information overload and life's craziness, with the added bonus that her ideas are in step with and relevant to today's technology and plethora of so-called 'time saving' apps.

It's an easy, enjoyable read that makes good sense and got me excited about the possibility of taming my big hairy audacious productivity goals at long last. The biggest decision for me was whether to keep reading, or keep putting the book down so that I could set up the systems as Maura described them - especially as she so helpfully provides photos, so you know exactly how everything should look. Best of all, Maura's ideas work! I've implemented them and am still using them to great effect. "Managing my attention" (as the book says) and forming some really positive habits in the process. Hands down it's the best and most useful approach I have found, and I finally feel like I'm staying on top of things rather than buried beneath them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LindaRD on May 11, 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Maura Thomas is a great writer with an easy, conversational style. She's able to explain things in a way that relates to those on both spectrums - the tech savvy and the technically challenged, the organized person and the disorganized person. Being a generally organized person to start, I wasn't sure how much I'd get out of the book. But I did! After reading it, I was psyched and I changed my filing system, my To Do List system, etc.
This book will help those working in a home office environment and at on-site businesses. It shows you how to set yourself up to do things correctly at the start to save you a lot of time and frustration later.... and it cheers you on and motivates you!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Swbiffy on April 16, 2013
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I don't read many books, but this book is so intuitive and made so much sense I could not put it down. The more and more I implement the suggestions and strategies in the book the more control I have over my life and schedule. This has been life changing in my productivity because anxious feelings that I am forgetting something important are slowly disappearing.

Must read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TeamYellowKayak on May 13, 2012
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This is a great book for anyone willing to admit they are not as organized or productive as they could be. While you may have heard some of the tips and suggestions in this book previously, you probably have not seen them all in one place. Odds are you haven't incorporated those miscellaneous tips because, as the author points out, you don't have a system and process for doing them. This book helps you take many actionable steps to put it all together to (finally) improve your productivity.

I will be referencing back to this book years from now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 30, 2012
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No one can manage time - everyone gets the same 24 hours each day. Productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas says to focus instead on managing your attention because what you focus on daily will govern what you accomplish. She explains how to organize yourself to deal with the activities that matter most. And, she discusses strategies you can use to be more productive under the rubric "Empowered Productivity System." The caveat is that her advice adds up as more of a philosophical approach applied by heeding some practical recommendations than as a step-by-step linear system. So while that misnomer may lead you to expect a literal 1-2-3 system, that's not exactly what you'll find. However, her manual delivers quite well on the more important promise in its title: Thomas's "productivity secrets" are very solid. getAbstract recommends her tactics to everyone who wants to become more productive.
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