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

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

Graham Allcott
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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

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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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11 of 11 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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10 of 10 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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7 of 7 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too long, not really worth it. 27 July 2014
By Fedor
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Felt toooooooo long, and not very helpful in the end. It does have a few tips here and there, but it should be *much* shorter. Lots of fat to cut through. Addressed mostly to the people who work 9-6 in big corporations, although Freelancers may find useful stuff as well.
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4 of 4 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but complicates things a bit 10 Mar 2014
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I bought this when it was on Deal of the Day, so did not pay full price for it.

There’s definitely some useful information in this book. It also makes you feel very motivated; I came across some material I knew about, and some methods which I had considered before and rejected, and it made me realise they were methods worth implementing.

It’s also really good to hear that single-tasking gets things done faster and often more effectively. I am in a response based job where I wouldn’t be allowed to turn the email off at any point, but I’ve become much better at ignoring the stuff that doesn’t require an immediate response.

I would say that this book is probably aimed at people who are dealing with quite complicated flows of work, because some of the models seem to be overcomplicating things rather than simplifying them.

A lot of bosses could benefit from reading this book. A lot of people have incredibly poor working habits because working culture encourages that. I got so much more done after reading this book and implementing some of the methods.

The book could be substantially cut down; the information is good but the writing style explains the same thing several times and goes into a lot of detail describing problems we already know we have!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Changed my world, in essence it did what it says on the tin….Not often that happens!!
Published 1 month ago by Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars Productivity ideas
Simple concepts well explained
Published 1 month ago by Maureen Scholefield
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book to read & organise
Published 2 months ago by J. Amos
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on improving your productivity.
Excellent book purchased on Kindle. Lots of useful info, particularly on how to manage the great time thief - emails. highly recommended.
Published 2 months ago by S. Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed the book
I really enjoyed the book. Attention management and tools to help in a clear and useful layout. Refreshingly does not have a one theory fits all problems. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cain
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it!
This is a fantastic book - the title is a bit strange but this book has transformed my organisation skills - which I thought were pretty good anyway. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Badeske
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read if you are feeling overwhelmed.
Simple easy to read book. I bought it because I was wasting a lot of time and disorganised in my work. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Half Ninja
Great book for improving productivity but really just a codified commonsense approach. It goes on far too long and could be shrtened by two thirds and still have the same impact -... Read more
Published 3 months ago by scritique
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Easy to read with lots of suggestions to get you up and running. A lot of the ideas are from a variety of other 'productivity' methods but together in the Ninja approach work well.
Published 3 months ago by A. Ross
4.0 out of 5 stars A must-read reference for improved productivity
So many useful tips and workflow suggestions for improving the way you approach and conduct work. Also made for an addictive read - I'm usually short on attention but this book... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Scott Cassie
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