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

Graham Allcott
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Book Description

In the age of information overload, traditional time management techniques simply don’t cut it when it comes to overflowing inboxes, ever-expanding to-do lists and endless, pointless meetings. Thankfully there is a better way: The Way of the Productivity Ninja.

Using techniques including Ruthlessness, Mindfulness, Zen-like Calm and Stealth & Camouflage you will get your inbox down to zero, make the most of your attention, beat procrastination and learn to work smarter, not harder.

Written by one of the UK’s foremost productivity experts, How to be a Productivity Ninja is a fun, accessible and practical guide to staying cool, calm and collected, getting more done, and learning to love your work again.

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'[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 '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

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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,609 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your own secret weapon 10 Jan. 2014
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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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The crazy ninja cover with pen sketch ninja matches the irreverent casual style in this book. No nonsense advice, made practical and digestible.
I personally learnt lots of fresh ideas, and was reminded again to DO stuff I knew worked, like tackling the hardest task in my day first. If you want a quick read - this is your book - it gets to the point, which when you want to be productive is the point.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Literally changed my life 21 Feb. 2014
By Julie B
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Fuego
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Loved it. While I was reading the book I was already putting into practice the advices on the book, and so far:
- My inbox at work is down to zero. Rather than having those nagging email that I cannot put away because I am waiting for something else in front on me, they are now @Waiting. Emails that I have to work on later, @Action. Result: Zen-like calm. Genius!!
- All my to-do lists (in my phone, on the fridge, on a notebook, on a post-it) are now organized. And now I know the difference between a project and a action. Result: Zen-like calm.
- Now I am working on my Check Lists. I know it will take time for me to get used to it, but I am going to persevere because I can trust Graham and the Ninja system, since it has been great for me so far.
Strongly recommend this book to giver clarity to yourself about what you call "to do list".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will look to Use the techniques
Very insightful and useful book. I fully intend to adopt the principles outlined within it, although think i may need to re-read to do so as have left it a little while. Read more
Published 10 hours ago by KopKlopp
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it!
Best book I have read on productivity by a long way. So many relevant references to modern office life and many "eureka" moments for me. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy plagiarism to help the unorganised ...
I agree that some of the stuff about vitamins etc is all a bit pointless but what is good about this book once you get the first chapters is that it gives loads of real practical... Read more
Published 1 month ago by si
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more efficient and calm after reading this book.
I downloaded this book during a period of "New Year" resolution-is. However, once I got around to reading it, I was impressed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stepas
3.0 out of 5 stars A good place to start, maybe
I think I have probably read too many of this type of book to get a lot out of it. However, it was sprightly and encouraging and quick and easy to read.
Published 3 months ago by Jill
5.0 out of 5 stars Some great tips that I can start using straight away
Some great tips that I can start using straight away. Can really make a difference to the way you look at organising your work life.
Published 3 months ago by Jago Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, lots of very helpful tips - would highly recommend
Published 3 months ago by JennyW
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
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. Read more
Published 3 months ago by James Wynn
5.0 out of 5 stars very helpful
Very helpful written in a straight forward dialogue making it easy to keep reading and some handy tips.
Published 3 months ago by Nanny2timesover
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