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The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy Hardcover – January 5, 2016
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The author reveals the results of his year long investigation into how to be more productive at work and in every other facet of ones life
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- The author was pretty extensive in his experimentation with all of the productivity tips that are out there.
Cons: - The credibility of the author is that he was productive at...reading and writing about productivity. It's very circular logic. The book is about productivity, but I'm not sure what the author PRODUCED other than this book and blogs about productivity.
- The writing is sub par. It reads like a blog.
- Most of the tips I liked I had already learned from Deep Work by Cal Newport, which motivated them much better.
This book would be very useful as the a college course, because just reading it without following through on some of the suggestions will not make it very useful.
I definitely suggest highlighting the book and trying out many of the recommendations he suggests at the end of each chapter. I also recommend keeping a reflective journal about your productivity, and write about what's working and not working with your task management strategy. This book provides lots of different ways to think about your strategy, as well as experiments you could try to improve your productivity.
I read it in between semesters during an accelerated nursing program because I felt like I had no time, and that I was unable to pursue vital things outside of school like relationships and even exercise. This current semester, post reading, has been night and day compared to the last, as I have been more effective with the use of my time. I feel less cluttered mentally and I am able to focus better on my current tasks.
There are no gimmicks and "shortcuts" offered in this book (although some of the techniques are easy to apply and have immediate results). Overall, his book is more about big picture ideas, but these ideas are the ones that will have an actual lasting impact on productivity. Lastly, while this book may seem tailored to the professional or student, I would recommend it to anyone, as the techniques that he provides to make you more productive can also make you happier.
For me, the biggest take aways were the Rule of 3 (in which you organize your life to have 3 things on your To-Do list), brain dumping (where you right down all the thoughts that you have at that moment and reference later), and the Collection Box (which is similar to the Brain Dump, except you jot thoughts as they come to you while you're working on a task). I use the "Collection Box" at work to focus more, and I find that it has helped bit by bit in exercising my attention muscle. I also made a note to turn off all notifications during work, so that I don't get distracted by the buzzing and pings on the lock screen.
I've only been practicing the techniques for a couple of weeks, so interested to see how this turns out over the year!
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