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How To Be REALLY Productive

How To Be REALLY Productive

Achieving clarity and getting results in a world where work never ends

Grace Marshall

Oct 2015, Paperback, 280 pages
ISBN13: 9781292083834
ISBN10: 1292083832
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How to be REALLY Productive has been officially announced as winner of 'The Commuter's Read' category for the 2017 Management Book of the Year award by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the British Library.

In the opinion of the awarding judges, this book will best serve commuters and retain their attention during a journey to work by inspiring them, informing them about and engaging them with a management and leadership topic.


If you want to know what it takes to be REALLY productive, read this. It's not just about to-do lists and managing your emails - it's about productivity you can really feel and a getting a better quality of life.

‘This book will challenge you to think differently about your work… and probably your life, too!

Graham Allcott, author of How to be a Productivity Ninja

‘I guarantee that you’ll keep coming back to this book for a refresher course in how to maintain balance in your life.’

June Dennis, Head of the University of Wolverhampton Business School

This book will change what you think it takes to be productive.

True productivity in a world where the work never ends is not about working harder, faster or longer. It’s about working smarter, doing your best work and coming home knowing you delivered.

You’ve already tried those other, old time-management techniques, but when you’re drowning in emails, meeting requests, deadlines, competing priorities, and never-ending to-do lists - they just haven’t worked! There’s always way too much to do and never enough time.

This is a better way.

How To Be Really Productive gives you practical guidance and key skills that will give you the freedom, space and mindset you need to get organised, focused and in control, to manage your workload and other people’s expectations and to get more of the right things done.

So take control today and discover a new, empowering approach that will banish the stress, pressure and craziness and leave you feeling calm, balanced and really, really productive.

About the author

Author's acknowledgements

Publisher's acknowledgements

Book map

Chapter 1 - Why Productivity isn't just about getting things done

Chapter 2 – From chaos to clarity

Chapter 3 – Mind monkeys and lizard brains

Chapter 4 – Fake work vs. real work

Chapter 5 – Real world tactics: how to be productive when the rest of the world isn’t

Chapter 6 – Tough love: setting boundaries and saying no

Chapter 7 – Being human: how your personality affects your productivity

Chapter 8 – Work–life rhythm

Chapter 9 – Jumping off the guilt trip

Chapter 10 – The art of juggling

Take your time

Notes and references


Grace Marshall is head coach and chief encourager at and author of the Amazon bestselling 21 Ways to Manage the Stuff That Sucks Up Your Time.

She is also a Productivity Ninja with Think Productive, one of the UK’s leading productivity training companies, helping organizations across the world survive information overload and get more done with less stress.