Strategies to Control Urgency, Reduce Stress and Increase Productivity
Urgency—that frantic feeling that we need to be doing more, and faster—is a destructive force in today’s workplace. Unnecessary urgency can be toxic, causing stress and burnout. But not all urgency is bad, and sometimes we really do need to get things done quickly. Too little urgency can lead to inaction and lost productivity. So how do we find the right balance where we can use urgency as a meaningful tool to keep productivity up, without generating burnout?
Urgent! is a guide to using urgency for good to help achieve your goals, to drive success, and minimise stress for yourself, your teams, and your business.
How to boost your productivity in 3 easy steps
Smart Work is the busy professional’s guide to getting organised in the digital workplace. Are you drowning in constant emails, phone calls, paperwork, interruptions and meeting actions? This book throws you a lifeline by showing you how to take advantage of your digital tools to reprioritise, refocus and get back to doing the important work. You may already have the latest technology, but if you’re still swamped, you’re not using it to your advantage. This useful guide shows you how to leverage the technology you have to centralise your work into one integrated tool. You’ll develop a simple and sustainable productivity system to organise your actions, manage your inputs and achieve your outcomes. The highly visual nature of the book helps you quickly grasp the ideas you need most.
Like most professionals, you want to do great work and achieve great things. But when half your day is spent on emails, phone calls and ‘extra’ duties, you rarely get a chance to shine. This book changes that. Get back in control so you can start performing like a star.
When work is coming at you from every direction, it’s difficult to focus and prioritise. Things get lost in the shuffle. But when you channel everything into a single stream, you settle into a flow and get more accomplished in less time. Smart Work is your guide to finding your flow— and the bottom of your inbox.
How to work better together
Smart Teams is a follow-on book to the best-selling Smart Work, published by Wiley in 2016. It aims to build on the personal productivity focus of Smart Work, and to help leaders, managers and supervisors create a culture within their team that will allow productivity to flourish. Whereas Smart Work looks at how each individual needs to work to boost productivity, Smart Teams examines how we work together in a more productive way. It looks at three core areas where workers come together and potentially drag each other’s productivity down – Collaboration, Congregation and Communication.
The books basic premise is that when we work together, we tend to create drag and friction which disrupts other people’s productivity, rather than working in a way that creates productivity flow. Smart Teams shows the reader how to create a set of team agreements that will encourage everyone to become more aware of the impact of their behaviours on other people’s productivity, as well as care enough to bother changing these behaviours. At the end of the day productivity is a leadership issue, and needs to be led at every level of the organisation. Smart Teams will provide a range of practical productivity guidelines and processes to help readers to delegate, negotiate workload, manage urgency, run more effective meetings, manage interruptions, make tele-conferences more productive, reduce email noise and harness the power of modern technology to communicate with others without becoming a productivity drain.
Like Smart Work, the Smart Teams book will also provide guidance on how teams can leverage technology to work together more productively.
Also available as an audiobook on Audible.