The Productivity Page

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The Productivity Page is an organized list of key resources including productivity articles, productivity books, productivity quotes, and productivity training.

The goal is to help you master productivity by learning the basics, then moving on to core productivity topics, and then learn some advanced concepts and ideas.


Getting Started with Productivity

This section provides some great starting points for getting productive:

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High Performance

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Task Management

Time Management

Work-Life Balance

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Books on Productivity

  • Getting Results the Agile Way, by J.D. Meier, is a guide to help you think, feel, and be YOUR best in any situation.  Agile Results is a personal results system for work and life.

Book Recommendations

Here are the top 10 productivity books from the Top Productivity Books page:

1. 18 Minutes


Peter Bregman shares a refreshingly simple approach to productivity.  His framework helps you establish your goals and priorities at the annual, daily, and moment-to-moment level, while dealing with distractions and setting boundaries.

2. Flow


You know those times where you lose yourself in the moment, or you are “in the zone.”  That’s flow.  Flow is a state of mind where you are fully energized and fully engaged in the task at hand.   You can also think of flow as your “peak” productivity experiences, where you are performing at your best.   Flow experiences are both demanding and rewarding.  This book is how to create more flow experiences in your daily life.

3.  Getting Results the Agile Way


This is my book.  I share with you a very simple approach for unleashing your productivity and realizing your full potential.  My approach combines what I’ve learned from sports psychology, positivity psychology, project management, and more to help you think better, feel better, and take better action.  It’s really about “better energy, better results.”

4.  Getting Things Done


This is a timeless classic for anyone who wants to master time management and, well, as the title says, actually get things done.  In essence, it’s about figuring out what’s worth getting done, and then making a time and place for those things to get done.

5.  Go Put Your Strengths to Work


This is one of the greatest books on how to actually use your strengths to sharpen your skills, improve your productivity, and generate more energy as you go.  Imagine if you could get better at what you do, while enjoying what you do, and actually have more energy when you are done, than when you started.  Energy is your force multiplier when it comes to productivity, and your strengths are the keys to generating this energy.

6.  Hyperfocus


This is a great book for helping you direct your attention for maximum results.  Chris Baily does a great job of helping you deal with different types of distractions, create a more effective work environment, control your motivation, and multi-task more strategically to stay engaged and enjoy your productivity.

7.  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People


This is another timeless masterpiece on the art and science of productivity.  Stephen Covey gives you a framework for thinking about priorities and doing them.  He teaches you how to be proactive, how to begin with the end in mind, and how to put first things first.  He also teaches you how to renew yourself and how to achieve better results with other people.  He help you become more productive by focusing on whole person productivity and by helping you collaborate more effectively to amplify your results.

8.  The 80/20 Individual


This book teaches you how to focus on the small set of activities that produce your greatest results.  A cornerstone concept in this book is that 80 percent of changes in the world result from the most powerful 20 percent of actions and ideas.  Learn how to use your “20 percent spike” as a lever for your own exponential results.

9.  The Power of Full Engagement


When people think of productivity they often think of time management.  But according to Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, the key is to manage energy, not time, if you want to achieve better results.  And they show you how to master your energy on every level: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.

10.  The Productivity Project


Imagine experimenting with all the different productivity approaches and methods out there to see what works and what doesn’t and then sharing your results and what you learned. Well, that’s what Chris Baily did during his pursuit of improving his personal productivity.

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Checklists for Productivity

Free Courses and Training on Productivity

  • 30 Days of Getting Results, by J.D. Meier, is free productivity training featuring self-paced lessons on goals, motivation, priorities, and time management.  I provide 30 self-paced  lessons that will help you get faster, better, easier results.  Do them at your own pace and learn how to master productivity with skill.

Free eBooks on Productivity

Productivity Personas

Productivity Personas are a simple way to identify and label common productivity behaviors and preferences.

The Productivity Personas give you a quick and simple way to know yourself, know others, team up, and change personas to change your results.

Here is a list of the Productivity Personas:

  • Starter
  • Finisher
  • Thinker
  • Doer
  • Simplifier
  • Maximizer
  • Critic
  • Can do
  • Opportunist
  • Perfectionist
  • Details
  • Big Picture
  • Facts and figures
  • Controller
  • Tinkerer
  • Marketer
  • Achiever
  • Randomizer
  • Daydreamer
  • Procrastinator

For an explanation of each persona, see Productivity Personas.

Also see Productivity Personas – Are You a Starter or a Finisher?

Quotes on Productivity

Here are some popular Top Productivity Quotes:

  1. “Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is specifically your own.“ –Bruce Lee
  2. “Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker
  3. “Fall seven times, Stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb
  4. “If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.” – Bruce Lee
  5. “It’s not knowing what to do, it’s doing what you know.”  – Tony Robbins
  6. “Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!” – Tony Robbins
  7. “Success breeds success.”
  8. “The path to success is to take massive, determined action.” – Tony Robbins
  9. “The perfect is the enemy of the good.” – Voltaire
  10. “Words may show a man’s wit but actions his meaning.” – Benjamin Franklin

View more Top Productivity Quotes for more interesting ways to express insights, strategies, and wisdom about productivity.