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

ISBN: 978-1-118-17967-3
312 pages
April 2012

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May 15, 2012

PERSONAL PRODUCTIVITY SECRETS Puts You in Control of Technology and Tools, From Smartphones to Social Media

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.