Skip to main content

Get Productive!: Boosting Your Productivity And Getting Things Done

Get Productive!: Boosting Your Productivity And Getting Things Done

Magdalena Bak-Maier

ISBN: 978-0-857-08345-6

Jul 2012, Capstone

224 pages



Rewire your brain and overcome the 20 key time drains that diminish productivity

For anyone who's felt valuable time frittered away in checking emails or answering wrong phone numbers, or listening to a coworker giving you a minute-by-minute account of their previous night's date, help is finally here. Your time is, indeed, your own. And this handy guide, written by a leading executive coach, shows you how to retool your brain, reclaim your schedule, become a master of each minute, and make yourself more productive.

Using a method that is intuitive, easy to remember, and simple to use, this book will help you transform how you think, what you focus on, and what you do so that you can begin to create tangible results.

  • Includes exercises that help you learn important thinking skills—essential to tackling important projects and attaining all those once elusive goals
  • Features highly visual exercises that are quick to complete, allowing you to change your habits and see improvements right away
  • Identifies the 20 key time drains that interfere with productivity and happiness

Full of creative, fun, and proven solutions to the common bugaboos of procrastination, feeling overwhelmed, and a general dissatisfaction with results, Get Productive! offers concrete steps toward rethinking how you work and reworking how you think.

The Perfect Starting Point (If You Don’t Know Where to Start) viii

1. Find Your Own Productivity Balance 1

Section One – Help! I’m Just Not Getting Anywhere 7

2. Assess Your Energy Levels 8

3. Find Your Energy Drains and Enhancers 13

4. Improve How You Connect With Others 18

5. Simplify Unnecessary Complexity 24

6. Figure Out Your Key Priorities 29

7. Overcome Your Procrastination With Action 34

8. Create a ‘Feel Good’ State 39

Section Two – To Do: Get to Know SELF 43

9. Examine What’s Important For You Now 44

10. Find Your Key Values From Seemingly Random Things 50

11. Discover Your Needs and Desires 55

12. Use Past Failures to Build Resilience and Strength 61

13. Clarify Your Goals 68

14. Be Productive Across All Your Key Priorities 73

15. Work Out Where Your Actions Are Taking You 79

Section Three – Not Good Enough! 85

16. Face Your Productivity Ally 86

Use Your Emotions to Generate Positive Results 92

18. Unlock Your Perspective to Make Better Decisions 97

19. Understand How Your Brain Helps You to Be Productive 102

20. Take Control of Your Fear 107

21. Follow Your WANTs Instead of Your MUSTs 113

22. Use the Power of Criticism to Become Your True Best 117

23. Take Responsibility For What You Create 122

Section Four – Get Productive and Just Do It! 127

24. Identify Your Productivity Blockers 128

25. Thirteen Proven Productivity Strategies You
Need to Know 133

26. Develop Productive Thinking 157

27. Develop Productive Conversations 162

28. Ask Productive Questions 168

Section Five – Get in the Zone and Make Time Count 173

29. Take Control of the Impact You Make 174

30. Identify How You Add Value 179

31. Uncover Your Specific and Unique Capabilities 183

32. Get Results That Are Worth the Effort 190

33. Hone Your Key Message(s) 195

34. Mine Your Past Successful Strategies 199

35. Give Yourself Permission to Shine 203

36. Find the Tribe That Will Help You Soar 207

What Does True Productivity Feel Like? 212

Final Note 215

Further Reading 217

Thanks 218

About the Author 220

Index 222