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Ce livre contient des clés vraiment pratiques et facilement applicables. Les 6 étapes du Productivity Workflow Formula™ proposées sont claires et permettent véritablement de gagner du temps dans l'exécution de nos activités au quotidien.
4.0 out of 5 starsEnergy and common-sense - with added value
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 April 2013
I really enjoyed this book by Laura Stack. I wasn't aware of her before, but I'd definitely look for her other books. She seems a human dynamo, and her personal energy comes off the page in waves. I felt encouraged by everything she said, and started to put her advice into practice even before finishing the book. It's revolutionised my working day. I still have too much to do, and I'm not leaving work any earlier, but everything feels much more in control!
Highlights for me were investing in an electronic 'To Do' list - I hadn't realised before how much negative energy there is in having an endless paper To Do list (or in my case, a To Do book) that feels massively long - even when you've done a task and crossed it out, it's still there on the list making the list look bulky and overwhelming, and it means you have to sift through the 'done' stuff to find the tasks that still need doing (which are sometimes hidden in between lots of crossed off items). Common sense, but I hadn't thought of changing to an electronic list. I'm so glad I did, because now when a task is done it disappears from immediate view (but is still accessible if necessary) and I have a much cleaner and shorter To Do list. I can also allocate tasks to future dates, which helps a lot.
I also really liked Stack's 6D principle. I don't always use every one of the 6, but knowing about them has helped me become a bit more ruthless with 'Discard' and 'Delegate'.
Finally, the NOT To Do list is also really useful. I use that a lot and it's helped me to be much more disciplined about the stuff I used to waste time doing.
I highly recommend this book, and will be dipping in to it regularly in the future.
4.0 out of 5 starsA pleasant surprise, with some remarkably good pointers
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 February 2013
I must confess to being wary of these productivity-boosting, mind-focusing, motivation-increasing self help guides. And, right on cue, there was the American, shoulder-padded, big-haired female author on the back cover about to take all under-achievers by the scruff of the neck and beat them into submission with an outsize portion of management speak and new age mumbo jumbo.
Well, I am not too big to admit when I get it slightly wrong. Laura Stack has written a book which does contain some very lucid and handy stratagems which could help any of us deal with our burgeoning workloads a lot better. Admittedly, there is the to-be-expected dollop of 'memorable' rules (the 6D approach: Discard, Delegate, Do, Date, Drawer, Defer) and she has set herself up in direct opposition to my old standby (the 'to do' list) which she sees as an exercise in yet more procrastination.
She adopts a somewhat draconian stance with in-office socialising (which admittedly can lead some to waste quite a bit of work time), though the 'no fraternisation' rule (other than online after work, physcially after work or on entering or leaving the building) is likely to cast you firmly in the role of social pariah - a lonely place to be even if you are clinging to your "Employee of the Month" sash.
Still, all in all, there are some valuable tips to pick up from this book, which it is claimed can save you 90 minutes per day. It is well written, easy to digest and doesn't patronise. Like all these things, I suggest you read it and apply what works for you in your workplace - unless of course you fancy inwardly digesting and applying ALL you have learnt (and presupposing that the position of office 'Gauleiter' is still available, of course!).
4.0 out of 5 starsPrioritising and enjoying your life
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 June 2013
Laura Stack tells us pretty early on that people (She is writing about American office workers but I suspect that Americans are having a big influence on anyone they work with) have 'defaulted to working long hours' and 'it is killing us'. Laura's book is aimed at getting you to think about what you do and making changes to get better results for working fewer hours.
The argument being that if you can deliver good results in a shorter time scale, you will be appreciated by the people you work with, go home on time or not too late and have a life outside the office.
In practice, if you have a lot of people doing very long hours in an office and you go home at 5:30pm every day and they want to ask you a question at 6:30pm, you can find you are in trouble with the office culture. Certainly the most cheerful examples in the book are where the Company's senior staff have got behind the idea of improving time management.
I liked the idea that with everything you get at work, the first question should be 'should I discard it?' the first of Laura's 6 Ds and also that if you get something small to do you should 'just do it' because dithering about it makes it a much bigger task.
Generally this book was very American-centric, which is fair enough Laura is American and working in the US Market. It may also be more useful depending what job you do. The advice seems sensible - like all time management books you need to read it and pick out what you think will help. I do like the basic premise that you need to look after yourself and have a life as well as work, so happy to give it 4 stars.
Overall this is a very useful book, with helpful reminders of time management techniques equally applicable in the workplace or at home (although most of the examples are given at work). I really liked her chatty style, up to date examples and chapter summaries.
Over the years, I have read many books about time management, have run training sessions and consider myself to be relatively organised and efficient so wondered what else I'd learn. The answer is three fold:
1) that it never hurts to be regularly reminded of techniques and to brush up where you've got into bad habits 2) that you need to give time to modern technology to use its full potential as calendars/filing systems/jotters etc 3) once you have established your priorities in a particular setting e.g. work, that you need to triage the demands on your time according to your priorities (just like a doctors surgery would do allocating difficult tasks to specialists and delegating less complicated/routine tasks e.g.to nurses
I shall be dipping into this again and again to reassess my time management- might even set it up as a recurring quarterly task in outlook!
I am all too guilty of buying these sort of 'life guides' and 'self-improvement' manuals and then never getting around to properly reading or implementing any of the ideas. I suspect I am not alone in this...
I can be a prevaricator who tends to tackle busy times and large volumes of work through head on aggression and energy rather than stealth or guile. So for me, this book is great - a mercifully short, no-nonsense guide to squeezing greater productivity from your day.
It clearly outlines in simple language how to take a more strategic approach on using your hours in the office. yes, it is a bit American to the British ear and there probably isn't much here that will rock the world of time management (so if you have other books/methodologies you like, probably stick with them) but I found some of the tips and tricks both interesting and genuinely useful.
So far i've read all of Mark Forsters books, all of David Allens books, Owen Fitzpatricks book, Steven Covey's First things First and now this one. There really isnt very much new to add to this plethora of time managment material. Like so many others have said, you need to schedule time to organise yourself and eliminate the distractions, have a closed targeted list, focus on quadrant 2 activites (important not urgent) and then structure your day to execute against your tasks - each of these books offers a system around each of these high value activities - it seems that the 5 star reviewers have found Lauras system to be the one for them. I think its worth a go.
Following are the books that gave me the most bang for my buck: Do it Tomorrow and Other Secrets of Time Management First Things First Getting Things Done: How to Achieve Stress-free Productivity
4.0 out of 5 starsGood advice (but most of it is common sense?)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 May 2013
Laura Stack has produced a clearly written and sensible book about time management. A lot of the advice is particularly pertinent for office-based workers, but may not be as relevant in other fields.
She covers prioritising, avoiding unnecessary tasks, avoiding distractions, removing bottlenecks in your work process, dealing with emails effectively and looking after yourself in order to be productive. All of this is common sense - but, as we all know, common sense isn't *that* common.
Like any book of this type, some will get more out of this than others, but even if it covers things you may already know, Laura's approach may well give you the boost you need to take action on these issues; at the very least it will help you evaluate how well you use your time and give good, clear pointers on using it more effectively.
If you have the time to read this book, you are probably good at time management anyway.
I did find it a nice read and it does raise a number of issues regarding how well you can manage your time and yes it does compare well to "the one minutes manager" (Blanchard and Johnson) as it follows many of the same themes: the one thing that makes it better is that I found it more readable, so if you have the time and need the help, you could do much worse.
So why 4 stars? Good content, although she can be a bit harsh re networking (chatting) which in some roles is important, plus the cost: I feel that at £11.75, for a one off read, the price is a bit steep.
This is a very useful book to help you organise and focus on doing important things. It did take me a while to read as I had too much to do!!! Most of the things are common sense but it helps you get started on arranging all the things you have to do and giving things the right priorities. I think it has a bias towards people working in offices but the principles work for everybody.