The Secret to Peak Productivity

A Simple Guide to Reaching Your Personal Best

The Secret to Peak Productivity

Author: Tamara Myles
Pub Date: February 2014
Your Price: $16.00
ISBN: 9780814433850
Page Count: 224
Format: Paper or Softback

ISBN: 9780814433867


Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Acknowledgments xv

1. Steps to Productivity 3

Maslow’s Pyramid 5

The Peak Productivity Pyramid 6

The Challenge of Change 9

Climbing the Peak Productivity Pyramid Levels 10

Productivity Pointers 13

2. Where to Start 15

Peak Productivity Pyramid Assessment 16

Scoring Your Assessment 16

Level 1: Physical Organization 22

Level 2: Electronic Organization 24

Level 3: Time Management 25

Level 4: Activity-Goal Alignment 27

Level 5: Possibility 28

Productivity Pointers 29

3. Level 1 : Physical Organization 31

Why Clearing the Clutter Matters 32

Getting Rid of Clutter 34

To Toss 36

To Do 37

To Keep 37

April’s Story 39

Using the Three To’s of Sorting 42

Filing Options 42

Adam’s Story 45

More on Filing 46

John’s Story 48

Advanced Techniques 49

Grace’s Story 52

Margaret’s Story 52

Productivity Pointers 56

4. Level 2 : Electronic Organization 57

Seven Warning Signs 58

Electronic Files 61

A, B, C’s of E-Mail Processing 62

Access 64

Batch 65

Check 66

Delete 67

Execute 67

File 68

Backing Up Your Files 69

The Future of Electronic Management 70

Productivity Pointers 72

5. Level 3: Time Management 73

Three P’s of Time Management 74

Defining Time Management 75

Importance 75

Choice Management 76

Productivity Pointers 77

6. Plan 79

Write Down Everything 80

Four Decision Categories 81

Beth’s Story 82

Using Calendars 84

One Life, One System 85

Paper Planner 87

Tracking Tasks Your Way 88

Productivity Pointers 88

7. Prioritize 91

Prioritizing with Urgent and Important 91

Box 1: Important and Urgent 93

Box 2: Important and Not Urgent 93

Box 3: Not Important and Urgent 94

Box 4: Not Important and Not Urgent 95

Productivity Pointers 96

8. Perform 97

Perfectionism 97

Overcoming Procrastination 98

Time Wasters 102

Multitasking 103

Interruptions 105

Stealing Time 108

Productivity Pointers 109

9. Level 4: Activity-Goal Al ignment 111

Life-Changing Skills 114

Why Goals Are Important 115

Reacting Rather Than Planning 116

Developing Your Vision 119

SMART Goals 120

Six Steps to Goal Setting 123

Step 1: Commit 123

Step 2: Understand 123

Step 3: Create Goals 123

Step 4: Break Down into Tasks 123

Step 5: Schedule 124

Step 6: Assess and Reassess 124

Productivity Pointers 125

10. Paving the Way to Possibility 127

Discipline 128

Resources 130

Attitude 130

Resources 131

Health 132

Resources 133

Holistic Time Management 133

Resources 135

Productivity Pointers 135

11. Level 5: Possibility 137

Maslow and Self-Actualization 140

Early Influences 142

Alternate Reality 143

The Five E’s of Possibility 145

Enjoy 146

Engage 147

Enable 148

Evolve 149

Explore 149

Possibility Goals in Mind 150

Productivity Pointers 152

12. Power Office 153

Organize Your Work Areas 157

Uncluttered Surfaces 157

Designated Areas 158

Backup Systems and Storage 158

Work Area Efficiency 159

Folder Systems and Files 160

Streamline Processes and Systems 162

Plan and Align Goals and Activities 162

Plan Tasks 163

Schedule Activities 165

Manage E-Mail 166

Operate from the Power Position 166

Possibility for the Power Office 168

Productivity Pointers 170

13. Hiring a Productivity Consultant 171

Hiring Attributes 172

Attribute 1: Empathy 173

Attribute 2: Honesty 173

Attribute 3: Assessing 174

Attribute 4: Questioning 174

Attribute 5: A Good Listener 174

Attribute 6: Experienced 175

Attribute 7: Specific to Your Needs 176

Attribute 8: Well Versed in Different Systems 176

Attribute 9: Flexible 176

Attribute 10: Simplifying 177

Attribute 11: Clear Business Policies 177

Attribute 12: Professional 178

Interview Questions to Ask 178

Certified Professional Organizers (CPOs) 180

References and Referrals 182

Resources to Find Consultants 184

Productivity Pointers 184

14. Case Study: John Allaire 185

When the Bubble Burst 187

Stepping Up the Peak Productivity Pyramid 189

Afterword 193

About the Author 195

Notes 197

Index 201

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