Personal Productivity Secrets: Do What You Never Thought Possible with Your Time and Attention... and Regain Control of Your Life by Maura Nevel Thomas--- Update, one year after I first wrote this review ---
I moved this book from 5 (amazing read) stars to 3 stars (kind of nice).
Motivational speakers and time management gurus are like New Year: they bring their load of inspiration for change, and this inspiration has a short life expectancy. After trying out a revolutionary promising lifestyle for a while, sooner or later our previous habits just take it over again. That may explain why I moved this book from 5 stars to 3. Lifestyle/self help isnt really my thing anymore.
Anyway, Personal Productivity Secrets was a nice read that had on me some minor yet durable changes:
- the idea that multitasking is nothing but switching our monotasking processor back and forth between several tasks. Avoid it. Do you remember last time you turned down the radio in your car because you were lost? Our brain is not good at dividing its attention.
- the brain dump. Just take a paper and a pen, isolate yourself, and write down *everything* that you have to do. Following the book the next step is then to sort that list on priorities, categories, etc, but I dont go that far. Just dumping my brain on paper is a very calming experience, I usually do it before going to bed.
- email management, although I already got it from https://ploum.net/stay-on-top-of-your...
- how creativity most often comes when you are not distracted by your electronic devices.
Globally, Maura Thomas has some very practical tips for everydays life and has some nice analogies to get them through.
To give the entire picture I also have to mention that while reading this book I had started using a to do list manager software and configured it as described in the book. That thing didnt work out for me, and the only to do lists I use these days are for groceries or simple stuff.
One last thing, I want to mention The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Cant Stand Positive Thinking. If you are fed up with all the motivational talk they sell in your self help shelve, you will love this book.
--- Original review ---
I already read a couple of time-management books but Personal Productivity Secrets really changed my mind. Through very easy and practical advices, Maura guides you into seeing the world with different eyes. (e.g.: have you noticed how brilliant ideas you come up to in the shower? Maybe it is because you dont bring your e-mail and all your electronic devices with you! or you can only manage what you see, and what you see is out of your head)
In her book, Maura Thomas invites you to adopt a new methodology with regard to achieving your goals and getting in control of all the things that happen in your life. She goes even further by showing how to implement her methodology on existing softwares.
Her book is very well written with an intro and a summary restating the key points of every chapter. Even more, she has summarized her all methodology down into a 10 e-mails newsletter. She definitely masters her topic and is passionate about it. If you need a proof of this just watch her in video ( http://youtu.be/DLmgkHy2-rE )
I highly recommend her book to everyone who wants to regain control over his life.
Six Ways To Take Back Control Of Your Life
True happiness comes from having much less than you think you need. By normal standards, my family was just getting by with what we had. It was either use my imagination to escape my reality or die of boredom. Which choice do you think I made? No longer was the day boring because the toys I had were old and worn. Suddenly, the little apartment we lived in turned into a massive playground where my siblings and I could play hide and seek. We could build forts.
Most people want to be in good health, experience well-being, be satisfied with work, accept themselves, be respected, and have supportive relationships. If your life feels hectic, monotonous, or incomplete, then you need to get back in control. Anything that holds value in life requires time, effort, focus, and is likely to cause discomfort along the way.
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How to regain control of your life
Confident people are the ones who feel in control of their lives. Loss of control over one's life is always associated with feelings of helplessness which is then followed by depression. In my previous article Why do i feel helpless I explained how not finding yourself in control of your life all the time can let you form false beliefs that limit your potential such as "I am no good" or "There is no way out".
In my studies I have found that many people who experience psychiatric symptoms or have had traumatic things happen to them feel that they have no power or control over their own lives. Control of your life may have been taken over when your symptoms were severe and you were in a very vulnerable position. Even when you are doing much better, others may continue making decisions in your behalf. Often, the decisions that are made for you and the resulting action are not those you would have chosen. Taking back control of your life by making your own decisions and your own choices is essential to recovery.
Back in , when I began researching my book about how women can overcome or bypass altogether the twelve most common professional crises and learn to thrive, I was floored by some of the advice and stories I heard. Rather than learning about huge cataclysmic changes that altered their lives, I heard more about tiny, daily mindset shifts that help people see the world in dramatically different, and more empowering and positive ways. And when they saw the world and their lives differently, they behaved differently. It was these behavior changes that paved the way for more happiness, success and fulfillment. To learn more about how we can take small steps to regain control of our life, I was excited to catch up with Amy Newmark who has been the publisher and author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul line of books since , when she and her husband and an investor group bought the company from its founders, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. Sometimes taking back control of your life starts with rediscovering what makes you tick, learning to take care of yourself, or making time for the people and things that you love. Five days a week, from Tuesday to Saturday, Rebecca Hill dedicates all of her time and attention to her customers.