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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 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
on 18 March 2014
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
on 22 February 2014
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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2014
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
on 14 July 2014
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2014
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2014
Simple easy to read book. I bought it because I was wasting a lot of time and disorganised in my work. Yes, there are some tips which are obvious, however, I have begun to use the tips that struck a chord with me. The advice on how to manage an overflowing email inbox has improved my daily grind substantially.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2014
If you want a great intro to GTD, I think this would be amazing. Just get it.

If like me you've been doing this for a few years now it's a useful refresher with some good concepts and important additions to Allen. Worth skimming for the good bits, particularly around flow, and actually DOING.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 4 April 2014
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2015
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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