The Productivity Book
by Michael Brecht
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GENRE: Non-fiction/time management
Ever wondered what the secret is to productivity? Here’s a hint: there isn’t just one. Introducing the Doodle Productivity Book! Containing in-depth interviews with 30 of the world’s top productivity & time management experts, this book lifts the lid on the industry’s best kept tips and tricks. The result? An engaging and practical guide that will help you find your natural pace, so you can work smarter—not harder.
Since the questions we asked opened a window into a day in the life of a productivity expert, we wanted our final conclusion to reflect this. So, here’s our summary of what a productive day should look like.
The perfect day starts the night before. Outline your goals. Whether this is a simple to-do list or time blocking, make sure tomorrow’s objectives are clear. Then sleep on it.
Everyone needs a different amount of sleep. Know what works for you and structure your schedule around that. Nearly all of our experts cited adequate rest as essential to maintaining productivity.
Wake up bright and early. Leave enough time to spend at least an hour and a half preparing for the day. Whether it’s reading, yoga, Pilates, running or simply thinking. Follow this with a healthy breakfast and you’re good to go.
Get to work. Now that you’ve prepared mentally, it’s time to take on the day. This period is when you’re at your most productive, so use it wisely. Let the calls go to voicemail, put your cellphone on silent and don’t answer emails. Emails are rarely worth your most energized and motivated moments. Unless it’s a creative meeting, don’t take it.
If you need time constraints, use a timer! Or the Pomodoro Technique.
Once you’re into the afternoon, time block to focus on admin and less important tasks like responding to emails and taking meetings. This will stop you from getting distracted and help you to focus on one thing at a time.
Because your brain is slower, this is the best part of the day to incorporate technology. So, start up your favorite tried and tested apps and use them to help you take notes, see your reminders, book appointments and whatever else is important. And remember, saying “no” can be more productive than “yes”.
By this point, you should have had a highly productive day. So, use the evening to relax with friends or family. But remember: A little planning the night before can go a long way toward having a successful, fulfilling tomorrow.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of The Productivity Book by Michael Brecht for the purpose of an honest review.
What a great book to read for someone like me who has difficulties with time management. I am a wife, church member, best friend, active gramma, reviewer, tour host, and would-be author. I am involved in two weekly Bible studies, training a service dog for my current and future needs, multiple doctors’ appointments, walking several times a week and those are just the highlights. I used to have a full-time job and I have no idea how I manage to get anything accomplished!
Reading through the interviews with different perspectives on how to manage productivity gives me so many, almost too many, things to think about, but the interview that most speaks to my life is by Andrea Feinberg. This piece of the interview fits so well with my life’s priority.
“Do you measure your productivity? If so, what’s your metric?
This is easy—I like to end each day recounting everything I accomplished to my husband. This helps me recall all the victories and advances.
Michael Brecht (2015-10-12T22:00:00+00:00). The Productivity Book (Kindle Locations 784-785). Doodle AG, Zurich. Kindle Edition.”
My biggest challenge now is weeding through the productivity tools and finding the ones that best suit me and my desired work load!
If you, or someone you know, needs real life examples of how others manage their priorities and the tools that help, this is definitely a book you’ll want to pick up.
I give The Productivity Book by Michael Brecht four steaming hot cups of Room With Books coffee.
©March 13, 2016
I am a serial entrepreneur, have more than twenty years of experience in IT and Digital Media and have held several international leadership positions in Europe and AustralAsia.
Since the beginning of 2014 I am CEO of Doodle – the world’s favourite online scheduling tool. Together with my fantastic team we have integrated Doodle into the Digital Portfolio of Tamedia AG, Switzerland’s largest media company. Our focus is to grow the business into a global application while strengthening its product offerings and continuing its successful monetisation. Doodle AG is a highly profitable business with offices in Zurich and Berlin.
My experience ranges from founding a start-up to various exits to multi-national corporates and subsequent integration. I enjoy topics of digital transformation and the leadership of highly innovative teams with a particular focus on growing a business internationally.
Now that digitalisation is increasingly becoming a topic for all businesses from start-up to large corporate, I have decided to start my own blog. Here you’ll find information on productivity topics, quotes about personal and professional efficiency, my reviews of awesome apps I use myself and I am trying to present a few stories that aren’t meant to be too serious too.
In my private life I am married and our home comprises of four children and our dog (an Australian Labradoodle). We are currently living in five different countries and I myself carry a German and an Australian passport. I enjoy sports, in particular football, swimming, tennis and all kinds of outdoor activities and I am passionate about the discovery of great wines.
Michael Brecht will be awarding 5 Doodle Premium Accounts for Free to randomly drawn winners via Rafflecopter during the tour.