Summary of What to Do When There's Too Much to Do

Reduce Tasks, Increase Results, and Save 90 Minutes a Day

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What to Do When There's Too Much to Do book summary
You can take accessible, practical steps to get control over your ever-growing mountain of tasks.

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Productivity expert Laura Stack offers simple, innovative ways to help you enjoy a more productive and meaningful workday. She shows you how to prioritize your workload and create realistic daily, weekly and yearly work schedules by decluttering your files and inbox, identifying what’s really important, streamlining your workload and making more effective decisions. Some of her suggestions pertaining to health and exercise are extremely helpful, but can be found in other advice manuals. Nevertheless, most of her organizational ideas are novel and worth implementing. getAbstract recommends Stack’s realistic suggestions to everyone seeking to simplify a hectic schedule.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to be more efficient and reduce your workload
  • How to deal with those who waste your time
  • How to bring your best self to all you do
 

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“The Case for Reduction”
More is not better. You can be successful even if you do less. Studies show that a “60-hour work week results, on average, in a 25% decrease in productivity.” To channel your energy more efficiently, use the six-step “Productivity Workflow Formula”:

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About the Author

Laura Stack, head of The Productivity Pro, is a keynote speaker and author of Leave the Office Earlier, Find More Time, and three other books.


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    Lucinda Ham 3 weeks ago
    Good advice!
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    Agustin Esquivel 6 months ago
    Love the close the loop section, although in my industry its very hard to cut out some of this stuff. Micromanaging is a thing and its remedy is probably time. Multi-tasking is kind of the name of the game in service based movements.
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    Janet Dornan 11 months ago
    Interesting and helpful. Have heard some of the pointers before, but some new ideas to try.
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    Serghei GAINA 12 months ago
    Interesting reminds...
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    Diane McMillan 1 year ago
    Some good pointers. Some suggestions within the article have been around for years, but we all need to be remindered.....
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    Ann Baker 2 years ago
    Very helpful information
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    Neil Mentz 4 years ago
    Not the best primer I've read...on any topic covered.
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    Allie Gentry 4 years ago
    Gave me some good insight.

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