I downloaded the eBook, How to be a Productivity Ninja by Graham Allcott. Please keep in mind that the one I downloaded is the free preview of the full book. The full eBook can be purchased for just under $10 from Amazon.
Even as a preview, this book offers quite a bit of information in a format that is easy-to-read and is realistic. None of us are perfect, but there are areas where we have more strength and other areas where we can use a little help.
Many time management books have been written over the years, many that I have read. Ultimately, we have to find our own way of doing things as everyone is different and the way we feel comfortable doing things is different. Allcott offers some great information on ways to do things, especially the small things, which could help anyone develop their own time management processes and increase their productivity.
Allcott puts things into perspective as he discusses the reality that we won’t ever get everything completed in one day. Have you ever noticed that if you write a list of things to do (I’m talking about everything that needs to be done) that there are at least a few things still left on your list at the end of the day? Yeah, me too. Coming to terms with this and understanding the psychological aspect of actually completing a task, start to finish, is what we desire, as Allcott explains.
There is a difference between being responsible and response-able. Allcott goes into depth about the difference between the two and gives ideas and suggestions on how to use both to your advantage, and how to be prepared to use both in your professional life.
Some topics that Allcott delves into include:
Zen-like calm introduces several ways to decrease stress through the use of technology, organization, good physical health, and how you create and maintain expectations.
Ruthlessness covers how to say ‘no’ to ourselves and others in a way that we can still be looked at as the good guy. Which is what we all want, right?
Weapon-savvy is knowing what tools to use, and when. We have tons of tools at our fingertips that most people wouldn’t even consider at times. Choosing which tools to use for which circumstances (and using them!) can make a huge difference in the outcome of a situation.
Stealth and camouflage covers several areas that involve turning off technology, getting someone else to turn down meetings for us, and choosing how and when to delegate.
Unorthodoxy is about how to stand out when necessary, how to push boundaries without stepping over the line, creating networking solutions and using your network to your advantage, and how to properly break the rules.
Agility covers how to plan for the unexpected and knowing when and whom to connect with (and why).
Mindfulness describes our ability to manage our minds and emotions through listening and meditation.
Preparedness focuses on how to be prepared overall, such as with our mental abilities, practical applications, and psychologically, and how to use these tools to our advantage.
Allcott puts everything into perspective as he ensures we don’t set unreasonable standards or obligations for ourselves, that we understand what is and is not realistic, and that sometimes we will make a mistake (everyone does).
If this preview of his book interests you, I would recommend purchasing the full-length book. There are some great tips in the preview and I am sure he has even more to offer in the full book. To learn more about becoming a productivity ninja or signing up for courses you can visit their website.