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Work Smarter, Play Longer (A Daily Actions Guide): 33 Strategies to Boost Your Productivity by [Ross, Tara]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2414 KB
  • Print Length: 69 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ross and Sons Publishing (18 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J3WOFA2
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5.0 out of 5 stars There is gold waiting for those who will work smarter 25 Mar. 2014
By GE - Published on Amazon.com
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Tara's title says it all. Who doesn't want to work smarter and play longer? I certainly do. I was attracted to this book, having read her previous one, Social Media Mastery. It is clear from her own life stories and the challenges she has faced in integrating work and family that she has everyday insights that have already helped me move just that much farther towards the "play longer" goal. She offers her four Ps of productivity--overcoming perfectionism, avoiding procrastination, establishing priorities, and creating a life that fits her personality. This short book is an easy read, packed with powerful ideas, tools and tips. Some of what you read will be familiar but I found myself thanking Tara in my mind for reminding me of the obvious as well as not so obvious ways in which I could increase my productivity. One example, procrastination. She describe it as the thief of self-worth. That phrase in itself has helped orient me. But she goes further. She asks a series of provocative questions, which when I stopped to answer them I found new insights in how to address my own procrastination. With regard to the task--can you break it down (yes), delegate it (with some thought, yes), reframe it (yes, by chunking up to get meaning and motivation), reward yourself after completing it (yes, with a special treat, e.g. the luxury of reading a chapter in a book I was reading for pleasure). Such nuggets of gold are there for the taking. Of course, it is like the 49ers, they went to the gold fields, spent the time looking and doing the work, and in the end those who invested themselves in the process became rich. We have the same opportunity only with regard to the gold fields of our lives. Thank you Tara for pointing the way, giving tools, and encouraging us with your own life example.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful productivity tips 21 Oct. 2014
By Jerry floros - Published on Amazon.com
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My favorite is S.M.A.R.T and least favorite "time blocks"

It is good to schedule time but not always possible.

By scheduling time, I find that you are putting yourself under pressure as you're always bound by time (or time slots).

My general approach is to plan and schedule with times given as guidance, that way I can adjust my schedule as necessary.

The most important in productivity and efficiency is "flow" - do things in a natural flow like flowing water - this avoids "friction" which comes with
tight and rigid schedules.

And always give yourself a break - rest & relaxation - to recharge your batteries for the next flow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent practical guide to help you increase your productivity! 28 Mar. 2014
By Eliza Gordner, JD - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Tara Ross has delivered again in her 3rd Daily Actions book! In "Work Smarter, Play Longer," she provides practical, daily steps for increasing productivity, and removing blocks like perfectionism and procrastination to create more "play" or scheduled "unproductive" time for doing the things we really love and to recharge our batteries. A definite read if you feel unhappy with your current time management strategy or productivity levels, or if you're just looking for a little more free time to pursue a new project or interest, or to spend time with family and friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's OK To Be Me !!! 28 Mar. 2014
By Glenda Carlson - Published on Amazon.com
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In Tara's book "Work Smarter: Play Longer" she reminds us that it is quite OK to be exactly who we are, even with all of our feelings of inadequacy. She gives great guidance in how to overcome our feelings of procrastination and perfectionism, both of which I admit I have challenges with. This book helps me to feel more freedom to take risks and, learn from my own mistakes without feeling like I must have all the answers before I begin. It re-affirms my inward conviction that balance in every area of our lives is the key to being happy. Life is truly meant to be enjoyed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Identifies enemies like perfectionism 9 April 2014
By CTK - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the better productivity short reads. If you don't think that perfectionist behavior is holding you back, I'd suggest taking a look at this. The book also does a great job of explaining the motivations behind why we procrastinate and if the current concept of procrastination is even accurate anymore. I'd check it out!
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