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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 (April 23, 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 (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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This book by Maura Nevel Thomas is one of the most complete and comprehensive books on personal productivity. I have read many books on productivity and have only been able to extract 1 or 2 actionable items that help improve my productivity. This is not the case with this book -- you will come away with a barrel full of tips and actionable items that will make you more organized and efficient. Ms. Thomas has hit a home run with this classic. Bravo!
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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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There are a few things in life that I collect. I collect big things like antique tractors, I collect fond memories, and among other things, I collect ideas and tips to become more productive.

Because of that third item, I am drawn to books on enhancing and growing our productivity. While I am more productive than many people, I know that there are certainly ways I could make a bigger impact by becoming even more productive.

That’s why I purchased this book.

I wanted a nugget or two, not just to collect, but to use. So while the title enticed me, it was the background of the author (who I do not know) that intrigued me more. She’s a speaker, trainer writer and consultant in the area of productivity, and has been doing that nearly 20 years. That led me to believe that there would be practical stuff here, presented in a way I could apply it.

Thankfully, I was right.

There is much here I knew (and thankfully quite a bit that I do, or do a version of that works for me), but there were more than a few nuggets that I am already starting to use. And while the book talks about technology tools a bit, not in a way that will make the book obsolete as tools change, and the whole book isn’t a pick all the right apps free-for-all.

Rather than sharing my nuggets I got (because yours might be different), I encourage you to pick up this book and put it to use. The progression of the book is clear and makes sense, but after reading the first couple of chapters, you can easily move to the areas you most want help and ideas.

If you want to become more productive, this book can help point you in the right direction. I had it on my nightstand. For the next few weeks it will be on my desk as a reference while I put some of the ideas to complete use.

- See more at: http://blog.kevineikenberry.com/personal-professional-development/personal-productivity-secrets/
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