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The Accomplishing More With Less Workbook: How to accomplish more in less time, less effort, and less stress!--Second Edition Paperback – April 15, 2011
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Pierre Khawand has more than twenty years of experience in the software industry. He has led several technology ventures and completed successful mergers and acquisitions. He founded People-OnTheGo in 2001 to enable business professionals to communicate and collaborate more effectively using leading edge technologies. His bestselling "Accomplishing more in less time, less effort, and less stress" workshop enables managers and executives to better cope with information overload and competing priorities. Pierre is the author of two popular blogs (less-is-more.typepad.com and 81dayexperiment.typepad.com). He published the Smartphone Experiment book-how to select your smartphone in 5 easy steps, and the Accomplishing More With Less Workbook, and most recently The New New Inbox. Pierre holds a Master's degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan and has completed several Executive Education programs at the Stanford Graduate School of Management.
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Easily the most important section for me was "Work in Progress". I work at home, have multiple distractions, and always have a new project that I'm into. Therefore I have many small piles of paper that are my specific projects, and always felt I could put my hands on anything when I needed it. But invariably, when a phone call or email came in addressing my project, I had trouble retrieving the particular stack I needed, since it was most likely buried under a different and equally important stack.
The Work In Progress filing system was the perfect answer for me. I have been using it for several months now, and the best thing about it isn't just BEING ABLE to find what I'm looking for - but it's not having the STRESS of being UNABLE to find what I'm looking for. I have 2 small cardboard hanging file bins sitting on the floor next to my chair, and all my current projects are in there. Of course I still have all my BIG filing cabinets for my permanent storage - but these 2 little ones have eased my life immensely.
And that was just the beginning. It is one of the most helpful organizational tools I have ever tried to use. Very user friendly and fun to read. I highly recommend it.
Pierre's values and expertise shine through this workbook. He genuinely wants to help people be more productive, without laying on judgment or guilt-trips. He presents productivity issues less as a human failing and more as a universal workplace struggle. Too many of us have too much to do, too much information and too many interruptions. Pierre helps us understand why we feel overwhelmed and how we can change with very simple and practical techniques. I love the "Maybe Later" box! Whether you take baby steps or giant steps, I guarantee Pierre's techniques will help you accomplish more - maybe with the same time rather than less... but certainly feeling better about it! Thank you, Pierre!
I feel Pierre's book does a fabulous job of helping us think strategically about our tasks and what we wish to accomplish when we sit at our desks and see the minutes tick off, the emails jump in the Inbox, and we think, "Oh, I'll never get a handle on this."
What is key about The Accomplishing More with Less Workbook is that Pierre discusses WHY we struggle with multitasking, HOW the way we use soft and hard tools are not helping us, and NEXT STEPS to take to alter our behaviors and how we use our tools.
Learning about The Results Curve and The Collaboration Zone gives us permission to turn off email, IM, and the phone, focus for 40 minutes on one task (Using a real timer is brilliant! So simple!), and how to capture ideas that pop into our heads (this will always happen: accept it and learn what to do) instantly made this book my favorite "how to" book.
I've already recommended it to clients and friends, and I'm happy to make it the first book I review on Amazon, even though I read a book a week, on average.
It is ideal for those starting off their careers, as well, as Generation Y employees can appreciate the structured approach Pierre uses to capturing one's energy.
I immediately began using the recommended practices to manage my time better. I'm using a journal to record all my to-do's, developing an e-mail strategy, and handling interruptions better so they don't completely throw off my day. I like that the workbook has tons of illustrations so that I don't have to read through to figure out what my end result should look like.
I could not keep up with the daily deluge of e-mails, meetings and phone calls without a good organization and time management system. The AML system gives me the structure I need to be more productive and focused. As a professional organizer I plan to recommend the workbook to many of my clients who I know could benefit from it.