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How To Be A Productivity Ninja

A summary of things you should know about How to be a Productivity Ninja according to Graham Allcott:


In this episode Graham Allcott takes a deep dive into his book, How to be a Productivity Ninja, where he shows you how to worry less, achieve more, and love what you do.

In his book Allcott combines all of his teachings from his public productivity workshops from all around the world into a simple, effective guide to working faster and smarter. The goal of the book is to teach you how to overcome procrastination, how to use email more efficiently, new ways to increase your personal time, and how to de-clutter an information overload.

This book is perfect for entrepreneurs who own more than one business or run a time intensive business and need help balancing their overloaded schedule in order to work more efficiently.

The Book’s Unique Quality (4:00)

My book is very real, hands on, and dives right into the practicality of where you are personally.

The Best Way To Engage (5:16)

I originally wrote the book to be read from front to back but there are some who pick in and out.

The Reader’s Takeaway (14:20)

Don’t manage time, manage attention. Look at the two or three hours that you are on top form and schedule your task according to that.

A Deep Dive Into The Book (6:36)

The first chapter is all about developing a mindset of a ninja to use in your productivity. This is about living in the present moment and not thinking about what you need to do or worrying about tomorrow. People’s best work happens when they are present and in the moment. We talk about being ruthless, ruthless with yourself and being ruthless with others. I go over reasons why we get stressed, attention management, and best ways to go about using your e-mail.

Then we get into what I call the CORD Productivity Model that has four elements which are capturing and collecting information, organizing, reviewing, and the psychology of doing. The capturing and collect element is about getting things out of your head and getting that information into what I call the second brain. The key to organizing is having a good set of list; I suggest having an overarching master to-do list and an overarching project list. The review element is where I ask myself a series of questions each morning to go over what I need to get done. The last element of the CORD productivity is the psychology of doing what needs to get done. Even though you know what to do it’s sometimes hard to find the momentum to get things started so I give you different ways to create it and ways to trick your brain into doing it.

There are also chapters on product management and meetings.

NOTE: That was just a summary. To get the full deep dive, play the audio clip at 06:36

Notable Quotes From The Book (15:05)

“Time management is dead.” – Graham Allcott

“A ninja is not a superhero but they often appear so.” – Graham Allcott

The Credibility/Inspiration Of The Author (0:35)

I run a company called Think Productive and am an author. For the last few years I’ve been involved in productivity training and coaching with some of the biggest companies in the UK and increasingly around the world. At the moment my life is traveling the world and being the evangelist for Productivity Ninja.

The inspiration for me was my own journey with productivity. I used to be a chief executive of a charity here in the UK and I went freelance. And when I went freelance I realized that I no longer had a team of people around me and knew I had a problem and needed to develop my own skills. I started reading lots of different books, blogs, and experimenting with different systems to develop my own take on the topic of productivity. I am a big believer that the things you struggle to learn yourself are the things you should teach to other people so I started doing just that.

Other Books Recommended By The Author (17:12)

Making It All Work by David Allen
Linchpin by Seth Godin

More Information About This Book and The Author

Buy How To Be A Productivity Ninja by Graham Allcott on Amazon today
Visit ThinkProductive.co.uk to learn more about Graham and his book
Follow Graham Allcott on Facebook and Twitter

More Information About This Episode

Download the full transcript here (coming soon)
Listen on iTunes, Stitcher , and SoundCloud

Related books:

Work Smarter by Nick Loper
Procrastinate on Purpose by Rory Vaden
Work Simply by Carson Tate

Relevant advice and tips:

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7 Productivity Tools That Every Entrepreneur Should Be Using Today

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Wade is a 4-time serial entrepreneur and is the Founder/Host of The Entrepreneurs Library. With a long time passion for reading books, Wade created an online resource and podcast for entrepreneurs who love to read personal and business development books. His long-term goal in life is to start an entrepreneurial home schooling program for children of business-minded families.