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How to be a Productivity Ninja: Worry Less, Achieve More and Love What You Do Kindle Edition

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'All the tips and techniques you need to stay calm, get through your tasks, make the most of your time and stop procrastinating. It's fun, easy to follow and practical - and may just be the kick up the bottom you need!' Closer '[Allcott] has distilled the wisdom of hundreds of business seminars into this handy little book to help us get organised, de-clutter our minds and desks and become altogether calmer, happier and more productive ... this book makes for a well-rounded manual to sharpen up your work methods.' -- Claudia Sunderhauf Waterstones.com

About the Author

Graham Allcott is a productivity trainer, social entrepreneur and founder of Think Productive. Think Productive run public workshops throughout the UK and also run in-house workshops for staff at a diverse range of organizations, including the Cabinet Office (UK government), The National Trust, eBay, Heineken, BT, GlaxoSmithKline and the University of Bristol. Prior to founding Think Productive, Graham's career has been primarily focused on social action. He ran community volunteering projects for the University of Birmingham before becoming Chief Executive of the charity Student Volunteering England, and has since worked on a number of social enterprise and charity projects. Graham lives in Brighton, UK.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3167 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KFEJNAE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,559 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Graham is a business speaker, passionate social entrepreneur and the original 'productivity ninja'. His first book How to be a Productivity Ninja reached No.1 in WHSmith's business chart and is also the author of Introducing Productivity and Knowledge Ninja.
His company Think Productive, trains some of the leading organisations across the world in time management and productivity.
Graham is married and lives in Brighton. Despite an intolerance of failure elsewhere in his life, he is an Aston Villa season ticket holder.

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I absolutely love this book. Clear, concise and jam-packed with fantastic ideas - it has transformed my working life and given me more time to do what I love doing. Highly recommended.
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When I first bought this book, I was worried for three reasons:

1- I thought it possible that it might be full of buzzwords and platitudes, like similar books I have come across.
2- I thought it might make unrealistic demands of me- I'm not superhuman.
3- I thought it might be hectoring in tone- I know I could be more productive and don't want to be made to feel guilty about it.

In actual fact, none of these things came to pass.

The book is written in a clear, accessible style, which actually makes you want to finish it and gets you excited about the tips contained in the upcoming chapters. All terms are explained fully and used to make points clearer, not to make the author seem clever.

It recognizes that we are all human and that we aren't expected to be perfect. Graham speaks about how in the past he wasn't good at some of the things he is advocating- he got better because he needed to for his work, and because he saw that it made a tangible difference. The book is realistic about how we procrastinate, are too hard on ourselves at certain points and probably let ourselves off too lightly at others.

It is extremely positive about the capacity of human beings to change the world around them and shows how productivity tools can help them to deepen the impact of what they do.

I am now really excited about putting some of the lessons the book advocates in place- so much so that at my annual appraisal I told my supervisor that one of my key training resources would be to use this book.

I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who is interested in working smarter, not harder and who wants to get a deeper insight into their own work practices and areas for improvement.
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The main reason why I love this book is that it has had a real impact with positive results for me personally - both in my business and personal life. I read it over 6 months ago and many of the concepts are part of my lifestyle now - I don't even have to think or waste time about certain things. The book is a balanced mix of business, motivation and "how to" while not being too rigid that you can't adapt to suit your own situation. Read it,apply it and you will see for your self.
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Been around the block with regards to productivity and systems. Have to say this book, to me, just regurgitates a lot of concepts that are more detailed in other books. Nothing new to my mind, just cherry picking the best bits from productivity systems that have been around for years. If you are new to this topic then it's a decent overview. But to my mind doesn't bring anything new to the table.
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This book largely describes the Getting Things Done (GTD) productivity system developed by David Allen. Although it acknowledges Allen's influence in parts, the level of innovation in content compared with GTD is fairly minimal, even if stylistically it's quite different. The book deserves credit for helping to further promote the system, for giving it some funky new clothes, and for adding some genuinely new ideas in terms of using modern apps and group management, but really the degree of plagiarism involved is almost-but-not-quite beyond the pale.
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I have read loads of management / productivity books, but have rarely been able to implement any of the strategies or techniques. This book is the exception. I cant say that I have used it all, but the strategies for managing emails (getting inbox to zero) really works for me. If nothing else, this is worth the price of the book.
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So for many years within the corporate world, I had literally been a slave to my inbox. I receive perhaps 250 emails a day, have a senior role which is about a lot more than dealing with emails all day and I got to the point that I couldn't see the wood for the trees. It was very stressful and I knew it was impacting my effectiveness and decision-making.

After doing a Coaching qualification, I realised there had to be another way (there always is!) and I searched on Amazon for a book to read on my holiday to try and bring some order back to my life. Stumbled across this book, thought the reviews looked a bit too good to be true, but ever the optimist, bought it anyway.

Within half an hour of starting the book, I was literally itching to get logged on and stuck into that email file. The book is written in a style that is real and felt so resonant to my challenges that it was like the author was in my head! It's all very straightforward, with quite a directive style (for those of us who need telling that what we are doing at the moment just isn't working!) with a lovely balance of humour. It all seemed very do-able and indeed it was - after returning from holiday and half a day sorting my email folders with lots of coffee and biscuits I have never looked bad. Now I know what I'm doing, nothing escapes me and I'm totally in control of the information flying into my inbox all day. Its very freeing and has massively helped me.

If you'd asked me 18 months ago if buying a book about managing emails could have such an impact, I would have laughed. I mean, how ridiculous! But its no small thing to say this book has changed my life and now I buy it for everyone in my team as its a secret I just want to share with the world!
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