Book Review: How to be a Productivity Ninja

Emma De Vita reviews the latest book by Graham Allcott, which gives tips on using your time effectively in a 24/7 world

How to be a Productivity Ninja
How to be a Productivity Ninja

When organisational belts are tightened, human resources get squeezed. So this motivational book by the productivity trainer Graham Allcott is well timed, not only for managers who want to get the most from their staff, but also for themselves. He defines productivity as "the ability to achieve what you want to achieve for the least effort". He writes: "Behind every extraordinary achievement lies an ordinary human being just like you."

His mantra is "time management is dead" - we live in a 24/7 world that never stops and you will never finish everything that you expect to get done. Think instead of attention management: how well you protect and use your attention determines your productivity success, so you must battle its mortal enemies such as stress, procrastination, interruptions, distractions, low-value commitments and annoying work practices.

Productivity ninjas know that ultimately they are in control of the information they receive and have enough hours in the day to get important stuff done. You just need a mindset that can be characterised by Zen-like calm, agility, mindfulness and preparedness. Only then will you be able to take the world by storm.

Emma De Vita is books editor of Management Today

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