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What To Do When There's Too Much To Do

Book Description

Look at your to-do list. It’s ridiculous. You can’t get all that done. You’re already at capacity. And it probably doesn’t even list every single thing you need to do. The last thing you want to do is more. As a skeptical audience member once told author Laura Stack before a presentation, “I don’t want to hear a productivity consultant telling me to do more with less. I want to do less and achieve more.” This is exactly what Stack offers. You’re never going to save time and increase efficiency by adding more to your bloated list. You need a system: a comprehensive approach that will enable you to organize your life around the tasks that really matter and let go of the ones that don’t. Stack’s innovative, step-by-step Productivity Workflow Formula allows you to spend less time and achieve greater results than you ever thought possible. By following her logical and intuitive process, you can wrestle your schedule into submission. Ultimately, you can recover as much as ninety minutes of your day (or even more) to use as you see fit. Stack shows how to separate the productive wheat from the nonproductive chaff—to home in on the high-value tasks, protect the time to do them, and focus on their execution. Throughout this book, you’ll learn how to scale back; reduce, reduce, reduce is Stack’s mantra. You’ll find dozens of ways to shrink your to-do list, calendar commitments, distractions, interruptions, information overload, inefficiencies, and energy expenditures. Each reduction will increase your results and save you time. You know you can’t work any harder—if you want to accomplish more, you have to work differently. Let Laura Stack show you how you can keep your sanity, advance your career, and spend more time with your family and friends.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Preface
  7. Introduction: The Case For Reduction
    1. Saving Our Own Lives
    2. Harsh Realities
    3. The Solution
    4. A Brand-New Model: The Productivity Workflow Formula™ (PWF)
  8. 1. Determine What To Do
    1. Why Do You Have So Much to Do?
    2. What Is Your Productive Value?
    3. Tracking Down Time-Wasters
    4. Where Does Your Time Go?
    5. To-Do Lists: Tracking What’s Left
    6. Triage: Wartime Prioritization
    7. Summary: PWF Step 1 Checkup
  9. 2. Schedule Time To Do It
    1. About That 4-Hour Workweek Idea
    2. Scheduling 101
    3. Further Reducing Your Commitments
    4. Learn to Say No—And Make It Stick
    5. Rescuing Your Time from Meetings
    6. In the Decision Comes the Dilemma
    7. Summary: PWF Step 2 Checkup
  10. 3. Focus Your Attention
    1. Driven to Distraction
    2. Handling External Distractions
    3. Heading Off Internal Distractions
    4. Slipping the Electronic Leash
    5. Focus Aids
    6. The Zen of Avoiding Distraction
    7. Summary: PWF Step 3 Checkup
  11. 4. Process New Information
    1. Taming the Information Glut
    2. Filing Precepts
    3. Your Personal Time Management System
    4. Basic Information Handling
    5. The 6-D Information Management System™
    6. The E-mail Decision Tree
    7. Summary: PWF Step 4 Checkup
  12. 5. Close The Loop
    1. Organized Implementation
    2. The People Problem
    3. Handling Micromanagers
    4. Reducing Inefficiencies and Breaking Bottlenecks
    5. The Quest for Constant Improvement
    6. Continued Progress Requires Constant Reevaluation
    7. Summary: PWF Step 5 Checkup
  13. 6. Manage Your Capacity
    1. Personal Energy
    2. Get Some Sleep
    3. Watch Your Diet
    4. Exercise Your Body
    5. Make Yourself Happier
    6. Maintaining Your Energetic Edge
    7. Summary: PWF Step 6 Checkup
  14. A Final Note
    1. An Extra Hour—Or More
  15. The Productivity Workflow Formula (PWF) Self-Assessment
  16. Notes
  17. Index
  18. About the Author