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5.0 out of 5 stars It has changed my working life - I actually do sleep better at night now, 16 July 2014
This review is from: How to be a Productivity Ninja: Worry Less, Achieve More and Love What You Do (Paperback)
I'm now on my second reading of the book and i'm implementing the ideas step by step. I started with my inbox and a task management system, and I'm now onto developing checklists. In hindsight the ideas seem obvious, but I needed them spelled out for me, with practical activities to get me started. It was too overwhelming a task, I needed the chapter by chapter systematic approach.

I found this book in dark times. I fell behind at work and never got caught up (or anywhere near caught up) ever again. I developed bad habits to shave seconds off each task (not filing emails, saving to the desktop, using the default file name doc1, doc2 thinking i'd come back to it later to file and name properly, scribbling notes on the back of whatever was nearest). A bad month, became a year, became 4 years. The result, chronic stress.

I had thousands of un-filed emails, I was 'firefighting' from the second I arrived to the second I left (often skipping lunch, working later than I should and at weekends - and all for free!), and the anxiety of what unknown issues were lurking in old emails or in the piles of papers that adorned every surface of my office was crippling. I didn't realise how HEAVY I felt all the time until this book motivated me to face up to the situation - it was never going to magically get better in a couple of weeks or months, I had to take control. Change was necessary and was the most urgent thing I needed to do for my health.

All outward appearance was that I was doing ok, before you all wonder why I still have a job at all! I was a duck - if you know what I mean.

I now feel so much better. I am still behind where I need to be, but I know exactly where I am thanks to the systems the book encouraged me to invest effort into (knowing the 'unknowns' helped so much mentally even if they are still outstanding), I know whats on the horizon, and i'm working my way through the current actions and the backlog simultaneously, prioritizing whats best for me and the company I work for. I'm now close to achieving the nirvana that is 'balance'.

It also touches on health and well-being, mindfulness, and work-life balance (but it never uses that term). These things are not covered in any great detail, but you are encouraged to check in with yourself and these areas of your life along side your thinking about work activities. Success at work isn't isolated from the rest of your life.

Yes, its a bit repetitive in places, but I like the tone generally, and the useful practical tips. I've gone from feeling like a complete fraud in the work place to feeling like I have something to offer my team.
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