Summary of Extreme Productivity

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Extreme Productivity book summary
Maximum productivity depends on careful planning, superior organization and tight focus.


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White-collar employees are working harder than ever. Many get to their offices early, leave late, work through lunch and stay at their desks over the weekends and on holidays. Yet these workers are often minimally productive. Robert C. Pozen, a former CEO who lectures on management issues at Harvard Business School, offers solutions for this dilemma in this sensible manual about time management, productivity and focus. His advice, which particularly applies to knowledge workers, is sound and generally useful. It seems like common sense, not new or flashy, but Pozen is good at helping you build confidence by establishing concrete processes. getAbstract recommends Pozen’s helpful guide to professionals, managers, knowledge workers and all who want to boost their time management and productivity skills.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to become more organized and productive
  • How to establish a productive daily routine
  • How to improve your reading, writing and public speaking
  • How to plan your career


Get Organized
To get your life in order and become more productive, spell out and prioritize your goals. Allocate time to meet them. Remember the results you want and don’t get sidetracked by low-priority tasks. Avoid the trap of becoming super busy attending to minor problems that distract...
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About the Author

Robert C. Pozen is a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of Too Big to Save? and a former chairman of MFS Investment Management.

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    Patrick Brigger 4 years ago
    Many known ideas, but always worth re-considering
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    David Forry 4 years ago
    Great book to start off 2013! Extreme Productivity by Robert Pozen
    Systematize Your Goals, Keep Your Eye on the Ball, Establish a Good Routine and much more in this excellent book. I'm starting with 6 steps to systemize my 2013 goals…“Write everything down, Organize by time horizon, Rank your objectives, Rank your targets, Estimate how you actually spend your time, Address the mismatch between priorities and time spent.

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