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Doodle launches The Productivity Book

We’re really happy to announce the release of The Productivity Book: 30 Professionals Talk About Time Management! This 200-page eBook is authored by Doodle CEO Michael Brecht, and is filled with personal stories and helpful tips from productivity experts that will help readers to be more productive with their time.

The Productivity Book from Doodle

The Productivity Book from Doodle

30 Professionals helped us with this book and provide us with an exclusive insight into how they structure their day. “Since productivity is at the heart of Doodle, I thought it would be interesting to interview leading productivity experts to find out what their thoughts are on how people can be more productive in all aspects of their lives,” said Michael Brecht.

“The interviewees shared a lot of details about their daily habits and productivity methods, and while each of them views productivity in a unique way, readers of the eBook will definitely be able to identify some clear trends that they can apply.”

The Doodle Productivity Book is now available to download through Amazon and iBooks and selected partners in various parts of this world. Download it today and start learning from some of the smartest minds in productivity!

Happy reading!
Your Doodle Team

Productivity Expert Allyson Lewis on time management

Productivity Expert Allyson Lewis

Productivity Expert Allyson Lewis

Allyson, thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, could you let us know what projects you are involved in?

I am the founder of The 7 Minute Life. You can improve your time management in 7 Minutes.

What’s the most recent adjustment that you’ve made to your personal productivity routine?

We have a virtual team of seven associates. I have turned over the project management to my project manager. I hate administration and details. Now, my only job is to think, write, think some more, speak, think some more, and shoot video. Every person on our team has “narrowed” their roles. Narrow responsibilities are much more productive and meaningful.

Do you follow specific time management techniques to organize your day?

There are 24 hours in a day, 1440 minutes, if you take 1% of your day – that is 14 minutes. The 7 Minute Life is built on the foundation of taking 7 Minutes in the evening to answer one powerful question, “What is my goal for tomorrow?” Literally set the timer on your smartphone for 7 Minutes in the evening and clarify exactly what you want to achieve by the end of your workday. After you understand your goal – then, you need to create your “5 before 11” list. This list contains 5 tiny “micro-actions” that you commit to accomplishing before 11 o’clock the next morning.

How do you cope with time constraints? Which ones do you really dislike?

Not sure what you mean by time constraints. Time is time. The 24 hours in a day are the boundaries that can’t be changed. I don’t really dislike the problem of having a 24 hour day. The key for me is to choose to plan how much of my time I will sleep, exercise, pray, and read.

In what ways has your perception of time changed as you’ve grown older?

I have plenty of time for my purpose in life. I have had to shed away the activities that are not in alignment with my purpose.

So what are the secrets about time management from your experience?

Time management is not about the “When.” Behaviours to improve your time management skills include:

■ Know what you need to do

■ Know the specific projects that need to be accomplished

■ Break down each project into high value activities

■ Break down your high value activities into “microactions” – a micro-action is a task that can be completed between 2 minutes and 20 minutes (due to attentional bandwidth), can be accomplished by you, can be started and COMPLETELY finished.

■ Then, and only then can you decide the “When” you will complete each micro-action by placing a task on your calendar.

Allyson, thank you very much for your time to answer these Doodle questions and we wish you all the best for your time management tool ‘The 7 Minute Life‘.

Allyson_Lewis Skydiving

Allyson_Lewis Skydiving

Remote working: bandwidth and security not the only issues

This week is Work Wise Week in the UK and many firms will be looking to deploy or increase homeworking strategies for employees. Companies, however, should look beyond purely connectivity and security issues to make remote working a success. “Applications such as online scheduling tools should form part of the overall technology armoury as part of a cultural change in the way companies view remote working”, said Phil Flaxton, chief executive of Work Wise UK. Read more in our press release! Making homeworking work better: Streamlining with Web platforms essential, Doodle says