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How to be a Productivity Ninja. Forget Time Management: How to Get Things Done in the Age of Information Overload [Paperback]

Graham Allcott
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5 July 2012
In the age of information overload, managing attention and information not time is the key to staying sane and being productive. It's time to think like a Ninja! - Graham Allcott. Are you... Overloaded by your growing email inbox? Feeling stressed by your to-do list? Spending your days in frustrating and unproductive meetings? Secretly procrastinating? (Shhh.) There is another way. Whether you re in need of a complete productivity makeover or just a few good tips and tricks to improve what you're doing well already, this powerful, practical book will help you develop Ninja-level productivity. Learn how to keep your email inbox at zero, develop to-do lists that really work, unleash the power of checklists and transform your meetings. It's time to discover the Way of the Productivity Ninja.

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  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: READ Press (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956689310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956689313
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.1 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Graham's transition from charity chief executive to freelance consultant inspired him to set up Think Productive. Realising he would have to manage without a PA and his great team of do-ers , Graham began reading about workflow and productivity tools, developing his own ways of ensuring maximum productivity. With a mission to revolutionise stuffy time management courses, Think Productive launched in April 2009 and has earned rave reviews from the likes of British Airways, The Cabinet Office, Blackberry, eBay, University College London and Barclays Commercial Bank for its practical, at-desk coaching approach. Away from productivity, Graham s background and other big passion is for the charity sector. A keen social entrepreneur, he is the founder of Fruitful Consulting, a social enterprise consultancy and Intervol, an international student volunteering charity. Previous roles include Chief Executive of Student Volunteering England and Head of Volunteering at the University of Birmingham and as an advisor to UK Governments red and blue on youth engagement policy. He was the founding Chairman of READ International, an award-winning charity recycling English curriculum textbooks by sending them to Tanzanian schools, and is a trustee of the youth homelessness charity Centrepoint. 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Productivity Ninja 1 May 2013
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This is a handy book, if not a little overlong. There are some general good tips throughout it's 400 pages, that appeal more to common sense than 'super life-changing secrets', but they are definitely points worth making. It works, as I'm certain many other productivity books do, in getting you to 'want' to be productive, but this affect will always wear off after a week or so.

The real core of the book however is the CORD productivity model. This is the simple 4-steps of Collecting, Organising, Reviewing and Doing the things on your to-do list. The book contains easy to follow exercises and the system does work very well. Now that I have it set up I don't see myself straying from it anytime soon. My only issue is with the fact that it's put forward in a rather corporate style (or corporate trying not to be), which at first makes the whole thing seem like it's not going to work. Yet once you've understood the system, it's extremely easy to tailor it to suit your own needs. This is what makes the book worth it, as the other material within the book are probably things you can pick up from any modern productivity guide.

Well worth a purchase if you're finding it hard to organise yourself; helpful quick tips, and the sections relating to the CORD productivty system are certainly worth the price of the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful book 22 Oct 2013
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I really loved this book. I found the first 60 pages or so to be hard work and nearly gave up on it. Thankfully I kept on reading and from the Getting your inbox to zero chapter on the book really delivered. I have read a number of time management books and never really felt compelled to get stuck in to the exercises. With this I was inspired to try everything .After getting my e-mail inbox down to zero in 1 hour (still keeping it there every day) I trusted that Graham was definitely on to something with his CORD system. I am getting everything out of my head and down on paper and use the system the whole time now. I'm still very busy at work but stress levels are definitely more manageable now. Would recommend this book to absolutely anyone.I would love to get him in to my organisation for a day or two so that everyone here could learn the way of the Ninja. Our collective productivity and profits would definitely go through the roof.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Developing zen-like calm... 15 July 2012
By Elgee
The book turns traditional time management on its head, and asks us to accept the fact that we're never actually going to get `everything' done - so instead we should focus on finding ways to ensure that we're always doing the most appropriate thing at any given time. The book works its way through the CORD (collect, organise, review and do) system as a way of collating, processing and prioritising workloads.

Written in an engaging, down-to-earth tone, anecdotes and real-life examples are used throughout the book to illustrate ideas. The book's key metaphor, of approaching your work as a `ninja', gives a light-hearted approach that works really well. Developing ninja attributes such as zen-like calm, ruthlessness and unorthodoxy is an idea that gives a new spin to how we can work as efficiently and effectively as possible in the age of `information overload'.

As a coach myself I've worked with lots of people who have suffered with procrastination, lack of clarity and overload, and the engaging, straightforward advice Allcott given addresses these issues with simple tools, tricks and methods that stop us getting overwhelmed. He suggests a system that acts as a `second brain' - essentially getting everything out of your head and into a system that you can rely on and trust, and that won't fall to pieces when a sudden emergency rears its ugly head at work or at home and leave you wanting to throw in the towel.

I've read a few time management / productivity books, and this is the best so far. Loved it and would recommend it to anyone who has lots of balls to juggle!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars innovative, useful guide for modern working 2 Jan 2013
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As Allcott's first book, this must not be the last, if this is how he advocates managing productivity in the modern work place, I want to know more about his approach to other aspects of working life in the 21st Century!

How to be a Productivity Ninja is written clearly: it is humorous and insightful, with logical and detailed chapters, recognising the tyranny faced by millions on a daily basis coping with barrages of emails, frequent interruptions and the myriad of distractions we face, and how to utilise these, e.g. phone apps, to our advantage. This book is a joy to read and every page is filled with real life examples, detailed suggestions and practical solutions to ensure the worker's efforts are utilised to their best. There is even an interesting section about healthy lifestyles, including meditation, which whilst seemingly obvious and in the latter, recently recognised as a successful treatment for a range of health issues, often lacks focus in similar books.

Thoroughly recommended to all service industry officers, anyone using work email and those wanting to enjoy their work more, feel less anxious about their growing 'to do list' and 'get things done' effectively, with less stress.

Allcott is one to watch and one to emulate. The money and energy spent buying and reading this book will reap rewards! Get moving folks, we CAN achieve what we need to in the office, and start 2013 as you mean to go on, do your first Productive thing and purchase this book for yourself and your loved ones! We all need strategies to get things done in our age of information overload and this book holds it all!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best 'time management' book I've read.
Best 'time management' book I've read. Allcott's concept of 'attention management' seems very good insight. His system is very adaptable and you can build it up, bit by bit. Read more
Published 2 months ago by EPS
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book
it cuts to the chase and highlights the true fundimentals of modern corperate life. It is a fun read as well as adding many tools to survive in modern corperate life
Published 11 months ago by Jim Phillipson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love being an Email Ninja!
I loved this book, particularly the chapters around managing your inbox. If you follow the processes that Graham outlines in these chapters, you really can have an empty inbox. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Karen Skidmore
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't do 'self help' books...
... but this is different, and useful. I've always shied away from the never ending stream of 'how to... Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2012 by Ian Adderley
5.0 out of 5 stars The answer to stress free working!!!
Having been so enthused and energised by the 'Think Productive' workshops I have already attended, I sat down with the book with a sense of excitement about what I was about to... Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2012 by Hayley Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars The best out there as at 2012... and I have most of them...
There are a plethora of books on "time management"... You can take years to learn about eating frogs, embracing the now, developing 7 habits to get it all done... Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2012 by Mr. S. F. Sankey
5.0 out of 5 stars Really helped me to get more done and be less stressed
I'm back re-reading this book for a second time as it's had such an impact on my personal productivity. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2012 by RobbieG
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a happy little Ninja!
I took this book away with me on holidays for a bit of light reading - and could not wait to get back to the office to put some of the strategies into place! Read more
Published on 31 July 2012 by Andy Fryar
5.0 out of 5 stars This book works
I had attended several time management courses in the past, trust me they don't work. This book does. Why? because it understands we are all human and have human frailties. Read more
Published on 18 July 2012 by imagenick
5.0 out of 5 stars At last- something genuinely helpful!
If, like me, you've read the books, done the courses, yawned, & changed nothing, then this is the book that we have all been waiting for! Read more
Published on 17 July 2012 by Scottie dog owner
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