What To Do When There's Too Much To Do

Reduce Tasks, Increase Results, and Save 90 Minutes a Day

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What To Do When There's Too Much To Do

Presents a straightforward, comprehensive system that allows you to do less and achieve more.

  • Presents a straightforward, comprehensive system that allows you to do less and achieve more
  • Offers an approach tailored to the realities of today's wired, 24/7 workplace
  • Features links to complimentary online bonus material that will make applying the system simple and easy

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.


 

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Overview

Presents a straightforward, comprehensive system that allows you to do less and achieve more.

  • Presents a straightforward, comprehensive system that allows you to do less and achieve more
  • Offers an approach tailored to the realities of today's wired, 24/7 workplace
  • Features links to complimentary online bonus material that will make applying the system simple and easy

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.


 

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Meet the Author


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Laura Stack is an award-winning keynote speaker, bestselling author, and leading expert in the field of human performance and workplace issues. She is the president of The Productivity Pro, Inc., which specializes in productivity improvement in high-stress organizations.

Laura has authored numerous productivity books, which have been published in more than 20 countries. She writes on improving productivity, lowering stress, and saving time in her columns in The Business Journal, Huffington Post, Productive, and Time Management magazines. Laura holds the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association and was inducted into the exclusive Speaker Hall of Fame (CPAE). She was the 2011-2012 President of the National Speakers Association (NSA).

Laura has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, and Forbes magazine. She has been a spokesperson for Microsoft, Dannon, belVita, 3M, Skillsoft, Office Depot, Day-Timer, and Xerox. Her client list features top Fortune 500 companies including P&G, Cisco Systems, Toyota, Wal-Mart, Aramark, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Time Warner, plus government agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service, the United States Air Force Academy, the Census Bureau, and the U.S. Senate.

For 25 years, Laura’s keynote speeches and seminars have provided audiences with immediately actionable ideas on time and stress management, life balance, and execution. She uses both high energy and high content to educate, entertain, and motivate audiences to produce greater results in the workplace. Laura’s live presentations include:

What to Do When There’s Too Much to Do (burnout and life balance)
Doing the Right Things Right (leadership and time management)
Execution IS the Strategy (team and employee productivity)
Attack of the Productivity Suckers! (focus and productivity)
Managing Your Time, Tasks, and Email (workflow and Outlook)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Case for Reduction

  • Saving Our Own Lives
  • Harsh Realities
  • The Solution
  • A Brand-New Model: The Productivity Workflow Formula

Step One: Determine What To Do

  • Why Do You Have So Much to Do?
  • What Is Your Productive Value?
  • Tracking Down Time-Wasters
  • Where Does Your Time Go?
  • To-Do Lists: Tracking What's Left
  • Triage: Wartime Prioritization
  • Summary: PWF Step 1 Checkup

Step Two: Schedule Time to Do It

  • About that 4-Hour Workweek Idea
  • Scheduling 101
  • Further Reducing Your Commitments
  • Learn to Say No -- And Make it Stick
  • Rescuing Your Time from Meetings
  • In the Decision Comes the Dilemma
  • Summary: PWF Step 2 Checkup

Step Three: Focus Your Attention

  • Driven to Distraction
  • Handling External Distractions
  • Heading Off Internal Distractions
  • Slipping the Electronic Leash
  • Focus Aids
  • The Zen of Avoiding Distraction
  • Summary: PWF Step 3 Checkup

Step Four: Process New Information

  • Taming the Information Glut
  • Filing Preepts
  • Your Personal Time Management System
  • Basic Information Handling
  • The 6-D Information Management System
  • The E-mail Decision Tree
  • Summary: PWF Step 4 Checkup

Step Five: Close the Loop

  • Organized Implementation
  • The People Problem
  • Handling Micromanagers
  • Reducing Inefficiencies and Breaking Bottlenecks
  • The Quest for Constant Improvement
  • Continued Progress Requires Constant Reevaluation
  • Summary: PWF Step 4 Checkup

Step Six: Manage Your Capacity

  • Personal Energy
  • Get Some Sleep
  • Watch Your Diet
  • Exerise Your Body
  • Make Yourself Happier
  • Maintaining You Energetic Edge
  • Summary: PWF Step 6 Checkup

A Final Note: An Extra Hour -- Or More

The Productivity Workflow Formula (PWF) Self-Assessment

Notes

Index

About the Author

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