Personal Productivity Secrets: Do what you never thought possible with your time and attention... and regain control of your life
Ever find yourself more than a bit overwhelmed by the constant influx of e-mail and reminders as well as the ever-present calendars, to-do lists, miscellaneous paper, and sticky notes? Add to that, myriad devices that were originally intended to make us more efficient, but in reality, only end up forcing us to juggle even more. Our brains aren't wired for all this, but we can learn to be productive. Personal Productivity Secrets gives you everything you need to know to be organized, in control, and to get things done:
- Understand how your brain absorbs, organizes, and filters the daily deluge of information, and learn to trick your brain into being more productive
- Appreciate the difference between "Time Management" and "Attention Management" and create workflow processes that help you defend your attention
- Create a plan for navigating endless technology options, and implement tools that will keep you productive, focused and in control
Personal Productivity Secrets reveals updated and vital information for achieving your significant results, and being as productive as you can be in a fast-paced, technology-driven society.
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Part I Managing Your Attention 1
Chapter 1 Stop Trying to Manage Your Time 3
Chapter 2 Changing Your Mind: Attention Management 21
Part II The Empowered Productivity System 39
Chapter 3 Empowering Your Productivity 41
Chapter 4 Controlling the Constant Chatter 55
Chapter 5 Supplementing Brainpower with Technology 71
Chapter 6 Clearing Your Mind Now 85
Chapter 7 Capture, Store, Act 95
Chapter 8 Clearing Your Space 115
Chapter 9 Emerging Concepts in Information Management 139
Chapter 10 The T.E.S.S.T. Process 147
Chapter 11 Controlling Your Email 159
Chapter 12 Defending Your Attention Using Technology 179
Part III Tools for Success 197
Chapter 13 Mastering Your Technology 199
Chapter 14 Managing New Communication—Social Media 223
Chapter 15 Implications for Groups and Teams 231
Chapter 16 Modern Conveniences—Reviews and Recommendations 241
Part IV Appendices 251
Appendix A Recommended Book List 253
Appendix B Resources 257
Maura Nevel Thomas is a speaker, trainer, writer, and consultant in the areas of productivity, attention, and effectiveness. She founded RegainYourTime.com in 2003 and has worked for nearly 20 years in the productivity training industry. She developed a process for managing life and work details called the Empowered Productivity System, and its success brings regular invitations to speak and lead workshops on the topic.
"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"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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Nearly half of American adults (46%) are smartphone owners in 2012, according to Pew Internet. With a world of information and entertainment in the palms of our hands, attention management is the most desirable skill to tame the tide of distractions in our 21st century lives. Maura Nevel Thomas’ PERSONAL PRODUCTIVITY SECRETS (Wiley, ISBN: 978-1-1181-7967-3, May 2012), published this month from John Wiley & Sons, Inc., is a powerful how-to manual for taming your attention and reaping the most productivity from smartphones, email, social media and the newest downloadable apps.
PERSONAL PRODUCTIVITY SECRETS draws on Thomas’ 20 years of experience in the productivity training industry to share the most universally useful process for managing the details of a busy life. Thomas kicks to the curb the concept of “time management” and makes a powerful argument that when you control your attention, you control your life.
“Maura understands why we struggle with productivity when the tools designed to help us can also be a source of distraction,” Steven List, Agile Coach. “Anyone who’s ever felt overwhelmed by email or wondered if social media is a networking tool or a total time-waster will become more productive and in control after reading PERSONAL PRODUCTIVITY SECRETS.”
Whether you use Windows or Mac products or carry an iPhone, Android or BlackBerry phone, PERSONAL PRODUCTIVITY SECRETS shows how the most popular technologies can help you support your attention, not sabotage it. With Thomas’ process, the Empowered Productivity™ System, you learn to:
- Capture, store and act on your commitments and communications
- Organize your life by category, not simply time
- Apply a simple process to tame email overflow
- Choose the tools that enhance attention management
- Master tips and tricks for Microsoft Outlook, Apple iCal and Google tools
- Stop multitasking and choose to apply your attention to your highest priorities.
Maura Nevel Thomas’ method and process for capturing the details of a busy life complements our 21st century culture’s growing preference for smartphones and software instead of pencil and paper for personal information management. PERSONAL PRODUCTIVITY SECRETS: Do what you never thought possible with your time and attention…and regain control of your life (ISBN: 978-1-1181-7967-3, $29.99) is available in stores and online beginning May 7, 2012 from Wiley in both print and all e-book formats. For a full list of retailers, visit www.wiley.com/buy/9781118179673.
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