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Make time count‘Packed full of practical, insightful exercises, supercharging your energy to power through any productivit...
Please feel free to post this                    sampler on your blog or website, or email                      it to anyo...
THIRTEEN PROVEN PRODUCTIVITY STRATEGIES YOU NEED TO KNOWHaving the right mindset, as in feeling enthusiastic and generally...
STRATEGY 1: COMPLETIONIf you are a marathon runner you will really be able              Completion accounts for most of su...
Completion strategy questions• 	How good are you at finishing tasks on a scale from 1 (poor) to 10 (great)?• 	What factors...
In all of these circumstances, it’s easy to end up with long task lists or ideas lists, alongwith the feeling that no matt...
Your bullseye activities might correspond to one day, a week or a longer period. Somepeople often use the bullseye for pla...
STRATEGY 3: VALUE ADDED RIPPLESIn a world filled with more and more complex jobs              Working with impact through ...
Value Added Ripples strategy questions• 	How good are you at considering impact ripples before you take action on a scale ...
the same. They like to deal with information in small bits. The Big Elephant strategyreminds us to break things down, make...
STRATEGY 5: PERFECTION BREAKHigh standards are great. They help us to do excellent                        Mind perfectionw...
The Perfection Break requires knowledge about what’s required, knowledge aboutwhat ‘good’ looks like and the judgement ski...
STRATEGY 6: POWER OF OTHERSProbably the largest obstacle to personal and organizational               Power of othersprodu...
create more effective inductions for new staff at work. It reminds us about an effectiveuse of coaches, mentors, colleague...
STRATEGY 7: ENERGY CYCLE                                                              Work with your best energyAre you a ...
Energy Cycle strategy questions• 	How good are you at knowing/being aware of your energy levels on a scale from   1 (poor)...
to keep going. As with all the other strategies, the Power of Five can be used in manycreative ways. For example, you can ...
STRATEGY 9: IT’S UP TO MEAs an individual, you have a tremendous amount of power and control                              ...
Spread good practice instead of reinventing the wheel and wasting time. Lead whereyou must and follow others to generate m...
is shaped by cultures that create conditions for ignorance, insecurity      Work with factsand fear to dominate people’s b...
more productive on their own by reminding them to check their facts before jumpingto conclusions and actions that will not...
STRATEGY 11: PLANNINGPerhaps the oldest and simplest productivity                   Planning saves time doingstrategy for ...
Often, the tendency is to list tasks that are indeed whole projects. This is counter-productive and demotivating, as it is...
STRATEGY 12: BINSAll activities benefit from a periodic review in order to decide             Bins are made for a reason!w...
Bins strategy questions• 	How frequently do you review what needs binning in your work and life on a scale   from 1 (not a...
The Lynchpin strategy helps you to really think about              Crack the key problemwhat you are focusing and/or worki...
GET PRODUCTIVE STRATEGIES EXERCISE1. Take each of the thirteen productivity strategies and brainstorm as many ideas   from...
• 	Invite an expert to assess our IT requirements.• 	Study our key competitors and identify our differentiation edge.• 	Co...
THIRTEEN PROVEN PRODUCTIVITY STRATEGIES YOU NEED TO KNOW:TAKEAWAY LESSONSYou made it. You have acquainted yourself with, o...
About the AuthorDr. Magdalena Bak-Maier is a highly sought after Organisational andIndividual Development Specialist, Neur...
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Always feel like there are never enough hours in the day? Constantly missing deadlines? Buried under an ever-growing mountain of work? You don’t need to increase your hours; you need to increase your productivity! Let executive coach Magdalena Bak-Maier teach you how to make your time count.
Get Productive will help you to:
• Identify key time drains
• Develop a focused mind
• Apply 13 proven productivity strategies
• Become creative, flexible & resilient
• Improve your communication and encourage productivity in others

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  2. 2. Make time count‘Packed full of practical, insightful exercises, supercharging your energy to power through any productivity roadblocks’ Guy Browning, The GuardianAlways feel like there are never enough hours in the day?Constantly missing deadlines? Buried under an ever-growingmountain of work? You don’t need to increase your hours;you need to increase your productivity! Let executive coachMagdalena Bak-Maier teach you how to make your time count.Get Productive will help you to: Identify key time drains Develop a focused mind Apply 13 proven productivity strategies Become creative, flexible & resilient Improve your communication and encourage productivity in othersBUY TODAY FROM YOUR FAVOURITE BOOKSTORE AVAILABLE IN PRINT AND E-BOOK FORMAT
  3. 3. Please feel free to post this sampler on your blog or website, or email it to anyone you think would enjoy it! Thank you. Extracted from Get Productive published in 2012 by Capstone Publishing Ltd (a Wiley Company), The Atrium, Southern Gate, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 8SQ. UK. Phone +44(0)1243 779777 Copyright © 2012 Magdalena Bak-Maier All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical,photocopying, recording, scanning or otherwise, except under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 or under the terms of a licence issued by the Copyright Licensing Agency, 90 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 4LP, UK, without the permission in writing of the Publisher. Requests to the Publisher should be addressed to the Permissions Department, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, The Atrium, Southern Gate, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 8SQ, England, or emailed to permreq@wiley.co.uk.
  4. 4. THIRTEEN PROVEN PRODUCTIVITY STRATEGIES YOU NEED TO KNOWHaving the right mindset, as in feeling enthusiastic and generally up to the task, is veryuseful for being productive. Having high,well-defined standards is good too. Howeverthat is not enough. What you also need for high-level productivity is the right strategyto take effective actions that move things forward in a considerable way and createspecific desired results.Imagine wishing to make a tasty recipe and having lots of energy and determinationto do it, but not knowing the key ingredients and their amounts. It would be difficultand risky to come up with the right goods on the first try. This is why strategies are soimportant. A strategy is a protocol of specific steps that creates the desired resultsevery time. What follows is a set of proven productivity strategies that are quite genericuntil you unleash your brain on them and let them really work!Let’s familiarize ourselves with each one before we begin to play and help you developyour own winning productivity formulas for any context and situation. 4
  5. 5. STRATEGY 1: COMPLETIONIf you are a marathon runner you will really be able Completion accounts for most of successto relate to this but you don’t need to be one tounderstand this principle. Most people have far moreof a problem with finishing rather than starting work.Often, it is the last 5% that seems to take most timeand yet, without it, there is no result. The time investedin starting, though, doesn’t count until a piece of workis finished and the result achieved. So completion is What you finish no longer pulls you downreally one of the simplest techniques for becomingproductive. This strategy will help your brain to identifyspecifically what needs to be done in order to complete something and then helpyou turn this into a checklist tool to get it done. Simple and pretty nifty actually! Thestrategy may also remind you that tasks like marathons require stamina and pacingyour energy to allow you to complete the whole run. The same applies to workprojects and activities you want to get done. 5
  6. 6. Completion strategy questions• How good are you at finishing tasks on a scale from 1 (poor) to 10 (great)?• What factors affect the score you are at now? What factors would increase it?• Are there specific contexts where you complete better than others? What gives you the drive in those circumstances?STRATEGY 2: BULLSEYE PRIORITIZATION Goal oriented bullseye prioritizingOne of the key challenges in being productive is Plan work sofocusing on the specific and most important actions ate s Speak S ketc eded that I finish s ti m in x hrsand/or results, and making those happen. This if n e ha to s ee raw pr t is e im om oje ndbecomes a larger challenge as you are called to do re v a eo ct p ab l a n w it h s e q u ence ne an d ou tm o nsmore and more, if your job grows without being Ta c k le yp lan t o check my assu m p ti en ti o n key attre-evaluated or if you are pursuing an ambitious in c o m in g r e q u e s ts t h at n e ed m yand resource-poor project where you may have to One important task at a timewear many hats. 6
  7. 7. In all of these circumstances, it’s easy to end up with long task lists or ideas lists, alongwith the feeling that no matter how much you do, there is always more to get done inlimited time. A great recipe for burn out! These conditions make keeping focus harderand many lose it completely, getting bogged down in trivial activities that won’t deliversignificant advantages. If you chase too many things at once, you are more than likelyto end up with few or no results to show for it. This is where the Bullseye Prioritizationstrategy comes in very handy. Just as in darts, you focus on the central target, wherethere’s a high pay off, and not the periphery. As you aim for the centre, you’re morelikely to hit it.The Bullseye Prioritization strategy invites you to take all your actions, ideas, tasks andinterests and, using a bullseye map, spread them across different domains so that onlyone item stays in the centre. This is vital! When you have that, you place another in thenext circle and work outwards. Don’t bother going farther than the fourth or fifth circle.I often suggest people stop after the first two and take meaningful action instead.Initially you might find that this exercise takes time as you rearrange items around thebulls-eye. However, having to choose between activities will help you train your brain invital decision making about what’s truly important to focus on now. 7
  8. 8. Your bullseye activities might correspond to one day, a week or a longer period. Somepeople often use the bullseye for planning three months ahead in combination with atwelve-month calendar. When you have an order to your focus, simply apply Strategy1 (Completion) which is to work towards a tangible goal (stepping stone) that will helpyou complete that activity. When you arrive at a sensible point with your central task,you can then give attention to the second activity and so on. The bullseye ensuresthat you no longer split your focus or, worse still, focus your energy on the peripherals.Instead, it forces you to stay with what’s key to your success now and focus yourwhole brain on that.Bullseye Prioritization strategy questions• How good are you at always working with your highest priority items instead of peripheral activities on a scale from 1 (poor) to 10 (great)?• What factors affect the score?• Are there specific contexts where you prioritize better than others? What makes it that way? 8
  9. 9. STRATEGY 3: VALUE ADDED RIPPLESIn a world filled with more and more complex jobs Working with impact through value-added activitiesand lack of extra time, it can be easy and temptingto just get on with your work before consideringthe larger questions about whether it makes sense The Taskto do what you do. ImpactValue Added Ripples is a critical thinking strategy Don’t aim to be busy, have impactthat reminds the brain to consider how what youdo make a difference, what value it creates andhow to optimize what you do for maximal effect to ensure you work smartly. As withthe previous strategies, Value Added Ripples can be applied to tasks and people. Itmight make you think about how to reconnect, rearrange or reposition things to createthe desired ripple effect that will amplify your effort and hard work, thus increasing yourproductivity. 9
  10. 10. Value Added Ripples strategy questions• How good are you at considering impact ripples before you take action on a scale from 1 (poor) to 10 (great)?• What factors affect the score you are at now? What factors would help you increase it?• Are there specific contexts where you do this more than others? What makes this so?• Where, specifically, might you wish to apply this strategy now?STRATEGY 4: BIG ELEPHANT Eat the elephant piece by pieceThis is one of the most basic and beloved productivitystrategies, which is based on a wise saying about howone eats an elephant – by breaking it down into smallpieces.Anything that is too large to chew in one go needs to bebroken down into small, bite-sized chunks. Our brains are Tackle one chunk now ! 10
  11. 11. the same. They like to deal with information in small bits. The Big Elephant strategyreminds us to break things down, make to-do lists, identify key responsibilities anddelegate tasks so that what appears to be a massive undertaking can be completed.Big Elephant might also remind you that big things have massive complexity withinthem. Think of a real elephant and its anatomical and physiological complexity. It isimportant to define the level at which you wish to delve in at the start, before riskinggetting lost in such a big animal.Big Elephant strategy questions• How good are you at dividing things up into manageable-sized chunks on a scale from 1 (poor) to 10 (great)?• What factors affect the score you are at now? How could you increase your score and in which areas/contexts would this be most effective? 11
  12. 12. STRATEGY 5: PERFECTION BREAKHigh standards are great. They help us to do excellent Mind perfectionwork that outperforms others and impresses. The resultswe create say a lot about us, whether it’s a company welead, a product we create, a service we deliver, the food we 100 90 10consume or how we look after others and ourselves. That 80 20said, perfection can be a real blocker of productivity. It can 70 30 Great effort !hold us captive to a negative mindset where what we do is 60 50 40never good enough. Know when 80% is good enough and when the last 20% is a ‘must’ sitting underneathThe Perfection Break strategy is a reminder that the startingpoint is always a work in progress: a draft. Improvementcomes after you have a start product, not before. And one of the biggest obstacles interms of personal productivity is often the start. The Perfection Break can be applied inmany ways and contexts. For instance, when you want to improve what you create andalso when you want to give others as well as yourself a break and accept that the workis good enough. 12
  13. 13. The Perfection Break requires knowledge about what’s required, knowledge aboutwhat ‘good’ looks like and the judgement skills to make appropriate decisions for whento continue, and how and when to stop. A good definition of what you aim to achieveat each point, combined with always aiming to do your best within those limits, helpsto stop perfectionism from being a paralyzer that can hamper your potential.Perfection Break strategy questions• How good are you at judging the level or standard required in the things you attempt on a scale from 1 (poor) to 10 (great)?• Are there areas where your productivity really suffers from not having a mastery of this strategy?• What would help you hone your judgement further? 13
  14. 14. STRATEGY 6: POWER OF OTHERSProbably the largest obstacle to personal and organizational Power of othersproductivity is people’s inability to ask for help from others.I am always amazed by the fear people have of appearingneedy, the worry that the feedback might be negative orsimply the isolation many people face having no one to ask.Asking for help, advice, a viewpoint or an effective strategyfrom someone who knows what they are talking about is byfar the quickest and most effective strategy for increasingyour productivity. Use the experience and know-howGetting others involved in the work through teams, groups or of others to help you find solutionsbrainstorms helps to spark innovation and often substantiallyimproves the final product. This is all provided that the people involved are those whohave the necessary knowledge and skill to help you. As a strategy, the Power of Otherscan be used in many creative ways. It can be applied to having honest conversationsabout difficult issues, problem-solving or idea-generation activities. It can be used to 14
  15. 15. create more effective inductions for new staff at work. It reminds us about an effectiveuse of coaches, mentors, colleagues and friends as well as the power of a kindstranger with a smile on a morning commute. It keeps us grounded and connectedwith other beings, which is not only effective but also critical for survival. Applyingthe Power of Others strategy effectively in your work and life will hugely improve yourproductivity and wellbeing, as well as helping you make wonderful friends andpowerful allies.Power of Others strategy questions• How good are you at reaching out to others for help on a scale from 1 (poor) to 10 (great)?• How good are you at making yourself available to help others on a scale from 1 (poor) to 10 (great)?• What makes it easy to connect with others and what impedes it?• Are you connecting with the sort of people that can best help you? Do you know who they are? 15
  16. 16. STRATEGY 7: ENERGY CYCLE Work with your best energyAre you a morning person or a midnightowl? Or maybe you peak at midday and thensuffer an afternoon slump. Most people’sproductivity varies throughout the day andover a working week. Awareness about whenyou are at your best is crucial in helping selectactivities that are well matched to your moodand energy levels for optimal productivity. Do the hard things at your peakChoosing difficult work at a time when you are feeling at your lowest is an easy recipefor failure. This has a double negative effect. Your brain begins to associate failure ofstarting a task in one state with general failure to be able to get something done at all.Before you know it, the work then ends up being constantly postponed. The EnergyCycle strategy is a powerful reminder to learn about your own peaks and troughs sothat you can be more effective. It also means using the knowledge you develop to planyour work and save yourself significant time being unproductive. 16
  17. 17. Energy Cycle strategy questions• How good are you at knowing/being aware of your energy levels on a scale from 1 (poor) to 10 (great) in a day or week?• How will your productivity change if you master this strategy?• How would you go about that?STRATEGY 8: POWER OF FIVE Power of 5 minutesA definite top obstacle to getting things done and being and feelingproductive is getting started. The Power of Five is a simple and highlyeffective strategy to get over that barrier. It involves setting a short 5 4but definite amount of time (for example, five minutes) for tackling 3 2something we are putting off. 1The interesting result of using this strategy is that as soon as you Put time to good usedelve into the task, you’ll often develop the necessary momentum 17
  18. 18. to keep going. As with all the other strategies, the Power of Five can be used in manycreative ways. For example, you can use the Power of Five as a reminder to takeadvantage of short, yet valuable, chunks of time for getting through tasks that can betackled over that time frame. You can also use it as a motivator for getting started, atime-management technique to put specific time limits on defined activities instead ofletting them expand indefinitely. On a most practical and immediate level, the Power ofFive can be used to take a few minutes to create simple and helpful to-do lists to giveyour work structure. I’m sure you will think of many other ways of using the strategy.Power of Five strategy questions• How effectively do you use this strategy at the moment on a scale from 1 (not at all) to 10 (frequently)?• What would be one way that you could begin to introduce this strategy into your work/life to help you raise your productivity? 18
  19. 19. STRATEGY 9: IT’S UP TO MEAs an individual, you have a tremendous amount of power and control I AIMover what you think, feel and do. You have a choice in how you show TO HELPup and what actions you take.It’s Up to Me is a strategy for exercising personal leadership andbeing in control of what happens to you. It focuses on identifyingroot causes of problems where you can act. Many times, you mightfind you are part of the problem, for example in relationships that arenot working out. It’s Up to Me should remind you to take personalresponsibility for your share of the problem and success. It shouldthen allow you to work from a place of good intentions and an openheart to improve things for others as well as yourself. This strategy Be responsiblespeaks to the core of productivity that is achieved when you respect for your partyourself and fully respect others. This respect is a key to achievingholistic productivity, as defined and set out in this book. It’s Up to Me is an invitation tobe a change maker and a leader: to model good behaviour. See what works and adopt. 19
  20. 20. Spread good practice instead of reinventing the wheel and wasting time. Lead whereyou must and follow others to generate movement behind their good ideas. All changebegins in you.It’s Up to Me strategy questions• How effectively do you use this strategy at the moment on a scale from 1 (not at all) to 10 (frequently)?• What would be one way that you could begin to introduce this strategy into your work/life to help you raise your productivity?STRATEGY 10: WORKING WITH FACTSOne of the key productivity strategies is to work with facts instead of assumptions.Assumptions are highly dangerous. They have no basis in reality and can reallyconfuse our thinking. It is incredible how often individuals, teams and, indeed, wholeorganizations work in a vacuum, in false realities or lands of make believe. Much of this 20
  21. 21. is shaped by cultures that create conditions for ignorance, insecurity Work with factsand fear to dominate people’s behaviour and ways of working.Working With Facts is a strategy that will remind you to create the Fact 2right conditions for examining what truly is, and for adopting the best Fa ct 3 Fact 4 Fact 1communication medium to serve this purpose. Imagine the costs ofhiring the wrong person – yet many people still choose to interviewemployees through CVs and poorly designed interviews. Think ofa group of people trying to pin down a meeting over email insteadof electronic meeting schedulers. Many such activities stem fromignorance and poor choices, waste valuable time, cost money and arehugely unproductive; likewise conflict, interpersonal turf wars, personal Gather all keyagendas and a whole list of other misdemeanours that take energy away info at oncefrom results into the wasteland of total lack of productivity.Working With Facts offers many possibilities. It can help improve team meetings,one-to-one discussions and help with larger planning and strategy creation activities.It helps people to feel involved and engaged. It can also help individuals become 21
  22. 22. more productive on their own by reminding them to check their facts before jumpingto conclusions and actions that will not create the desired results. Consideringhow you communicate, when and to what purpose is a critical strategy for successand probably the hardest to master, as it involves working with other people andcontinuously adopting and developing your style for best results.Working with Facts strategy questions• How effectively do you communicate at the moment on a scale from 1 (poor) to 10 (very good)? You may wish to consider different communication media in turn.• What stops you from adopting more effective communication methods in your key interactions or work projects?• What steps can you take to improve? 22
  23. 23. STRATEGY 11: PLANNINGPerhaps the oldest and simplest productivity Planning saves time doingstrategy for achieving amazing results isplanning. This strategy can include everythingfrom the humble to-do list, formalized projectmanagement approaches such as Prince2,to visualization techniques that allow you toimagine or envisage the outcome in its fullcomplexity. SuccessWhether the task is small or enormous, Good plans help to avoid chaoscreating a plan for what will be done, who willdo it, when, how and why is critical to productivity because it saves valuable time. Youprobably try to do much of this already. The key with using planning well on a smallscale is to list activities that are expressed in task form (something you can do) andwhich can therefore be achieved. 23
  24. 24. Often, the tendency is to list tasks that are indeed whole projects. This is counter-productive and demotivating, as it is nearly always impossible to get them done in onego. This means that assessing progress becomes difficult. Think about what happensto you when you set yourself a massive task that, in fact, is a whole project. Largeprojects require many tasks. They might have specific sequences. To maintain progressand feel a sense of momentum, you need to work with a list of subtasks, not just theproject. Planning through a simple to-do list that can be written down on a phone orsketchpad frees the brain from having to remember the information. This, in turn, helpsto ensure that you do not have to rely on your memory and that your brain is free toconcentrate on actions which create results.Planning strategy questions• To what extent do you use planning to help you stay productive on a scale from 1 (not at all) to 10 (frequently)?• In which areas of your life would planning really create a positive difference for you? 24
  25. 25. STRATEGY 12: BINSAll activities benefit from a periodic review in order to decide Bins are made for a reason!whether the activity is worth pursuing or if it is no longer neededin its current form and can be binned. Some tasks and work nolonger need to be done. Some become obsolete or lose priorityover more critical actions. Some need to be reviewed andpossibly reconsidered.Bins is a strategy that is often overlooked when you get verybusy. When you become so immersed in activities that you Time spent doing the wrongcan’t find a moment to look above the horizon line, you risk things is still wasted timelosing focus, going off on unhelpful tangents and losing valuabletime. The Bins strategy can be applied to everything from workto daily life. In effect, it is a decluttering strategy. As time moves and things change,including yourself, Bins is a way to make space and time for new developments,careers and projects as well as relationships and hobbies. As such, Bins is also astrategy to help maintain your happiness and satisfaction on a regular basis. 25
  26. 26. Bins strategy questions• How frequently do you review what needs binning in your work and life on a scale from 1 (not at all) to 10 (frequently)?• What would be the biggest benefit for you if you used this strategy on a regular basis?• Where would be the best place to start?STRATEGY 13: LYNCHPINSThe last strategy is a key to all productivity and that’s the lynchpin – identifying the keyproblem or root cause. Often, productivity suffers because you may be working onthe periphery of the problem, or you may be absorbed by activities that, while urgentor worth doing, are not going to move you as far forward as tackling the key area. Incommunication this means talking about surface stuff instead of exploring deeperemotional content that strengthens relationships and creates real interpersonal bonds. 26
  27. 27. The Lynchpin strategy helps you to really think about Crack the key problemwhat you are focusing and/or working on and why. Itwill remind you that being busy is not the same as beingproductive. Productivity is not simply about speed. Itis about making time count in all areas, creating theright sort of ripples and achieving inspiring results. TheLynchpin should also remind you about using the righttool to crack the problem. A combination of focusedeffort and the right tools will help ensure that you get theright things done in the least amount of time. Don’t aim to be busy, have impactLynchpins strategy questions• To what extent do you focus on identifying the lynchpins in your work and life on a scale from 1 (not at all) to 10 (frequently)?• To what extent do you feel you have a sufficiently rich toolbox of skills, experiences and contacts to help you be productive?• What is missing most and how could you acquire it? 27
  28. 28. GET PRODUCTIVE STRATEGIES EXERCISE1. Take each of the thirteen productivity strategies and brainstorm as many ideas from each one as you can imagine for applying each strategy in your life and/or work. The more lateral connections you can make for each strategy, the better. Aim for at least five. You’re doing well if you can think of ten.2. Go through your strategies and highlight any ideas that you Crack the key problem can definitely use or apply in your life right now. Make a plan to show how you will do this.Illustrative examples:• Ask my customers what they most value about my service.• Talk to my boss about my career prospects within the company.• Complete my qualification exam. Don’t aim to be busy, have impact• Write a letter explaining my position and ask for a meeting to follow up. 28
  29. 29. • Invite an expert to assess our IT requirements.• Study our key competitors and identify our differentiation edge.• Come up with one specific employee reward that aligns with our company values.• Give things more time to unfold before taking action.• Say what’s on my mind.• Do two house chores in the morning before work.• Use the end of the day to plan my key activities for tomorrow.• Remember that tiredness is normal and do not stress about it.• Spend thirty minutes of my peak time coming up with solutions to our key problems.• Alternate team meetings between morning, midday and afternoon.• Schedule meetings with X first thing on Monday. Work with your best energy• Figure out when my project manager is at his or her peak.• Introduce an energy-mapping exercise into a brainstorming session to work more effectively with the group.• Identify natural pick-me-uppers for late afternoon in the office. Do the hard things at your peak 29
  30. 30. THIRTEEN PROVEN PRODUCTIVITY STRATEGIES YOU NEED TO KNOW:TAKEAWAY LESSONSYou made it. You have acquainted yourself with, or refreshed your knowledge of,thirteen general strategies that will improve your productivity. Hopefully, as you workedthrough each set of strategy questions, you also developed awareness about thestrategies you use often and those you might not be using very much at this stage. Youalso might have discovered that, while you can be very creative in how you interpreteach strategy, and that’s very important for helping you to be productive, somestrategies will naturally fit and match your situation more directly. This is what we want.If you master this material well, you will easily be able to pick strategies relevant to anyproblem you face and then use them in combinations that will help you getgood results. 30
  31. 31. About the AuthorDr. Magdalena Bak-Maier is a highly sought after Organisational andIndividual Development Specialist, Neuroscientist, Learning Expert,Executive Coach, Trainer and Speaker, with over 10 years experiencein the field of consulting, training and developing people with top-tier organisations and highly intelligent and creative professionalsincluding renown scientists, artists and global social entrepreneurs.Magdalena’s productivity training has been used at the London Schoolof Economics, on the Imperial business School MBA Programme, atthe Royal College Of Music and at KLM/AirFrance. She has personallytrained over 5000 people in professional effectiveness, communicationand authentic leadership. She runs her own training and coachingpractice including regular workshops and development programmesas well as a bespoke consultancy service.Magdalena has a BSc from NYU and a PhD in Neuroscience fromCaltech. She is a professionally qualified coach and full member ofthe Association for Coaching (MAC) as well as an accredited NLPpractitioner. She is currently working on a series of articles forThe Times Higher Education. 31
  32. 32. Get yourcopy today.Give yourselfthe gift oftimeFOR MORE INFO VISITMAKETIMECOUNT.COM

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