Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style
Make work simple by using the tools and tactics that are right for you
Your time is under attack. You just can’t get enough done. You find yourself wondering where the hours go. You’ve tried every time-management system you can get your hands on—and they’ve only succeeded in making your work more complicated.
If you sometimes feel you spend more time managing your productivity than doing actual work, it’s time for a change. In Work Simply, renowned productivity expert Carson Tate offers a step-by-step guide to making work simple again by using the style that works best for you.
Tate has helped thousands of men and women better manage their time and become more productive. Her success owes partly to the realization that most of us fit into one of four distinct productivity styles: Arrangers, who think about their projects in terms of the people involved; Prioritizers, who are the definition of “goal-oriented”; Visualizers, who possess a unique ability to comprehend the big picture; and Planners, who live for the details.
In this book, you’ll learnHow to identify your own productivity style as well as the styles of those around you—bosses, coworkers, staff, and family.How to select your “tools of the trade” to maximize your effectiveness, from the style of pen you use to the way you decorate your office.When face-to-face conversations are more effective than e-mails—and vice versa.What it takes to lead the perfect meeting.Why a messy desk is right for some, but a disaster for others—and how to tell.
After reading Work Simply, you’ll come away with a productivity system that truly and fundamentally fits you—and you’ll never feel overwhelmed again.
Work smarter, not harder, is a common piece of advice, and productivity expert Tate has her own take on how to do that. She looks at guilt, which can hold people up, and the "locus of control," or to what degree a person feels in control of his or her own life. Overcoming obstacles, according to Tate, clears the path to life changes, particularly the transformation of a reactive person into an active one. The bulk of the book is devoted to different personal productivity styles, highlighting tried-and-tested ways for making each approach work. Tate offers a 28-item quiz she calls the Productivity Style Assessment, a self-awareness tool designed to help readers determine whether they are prioritizers, visualizers, planners, or arrangers. She defines the characteristics of each, like strengths, pet peeves, and communication and decision-making styles. She also explores key strategies for achieving productivity, such as time management, strategically focusing your attention, and setting priorities. Much of her advice can be found elsewhere, but those seeking advice on this topic for the first time will find Tate to be a good guide.