Productivity Book Group Author Interview Series is an opportunity to learn about new and interesting productivity books and authors. I’ll be interviewing some of the authors that we have read or will be reading here on Productivity Book Group as well as other authors. These shorter podcast interviews will be injected between our normal discussion-format episodes that are published here on Productivity Book Group.
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Francis Wade, author of Perfect Time-Based Productivity [ http://amzn.to/1R77toe ]. Francis Wade, author of two productivity books, Perfect Time-Based Productivity and Bill’s IM-Perfect Time Management Adventure, alumnus of AT&T Bell Labs, 20+ year entrepreneur, newspaper columnist, recovering triathlete, avid reader and lover of all things personal improvement.
Enjoy the interview!
The Amazon book description states:
More demands on your time – that’s just a fact of modern life. You may be doing the job of more than one person and facing an onslaught of information, only to realize that ubiquitous, 24-7 technology has only made things worse. How do you stay ahead of the expectation that you should be able to meet all your obligations, old and new? In the face of these increasing pressures, what do you need to do to maintain your peace of mind? This book is primarily written for productive professionals who have already found a way to achieve positive results.
While the book has lots of specific, practical suggestions for new behaviors, at its heart is a four step approach that preserves and builds on the advances that you, as a professional, have already made in your career:
Step 1> Evaluate your current skills against best-in-class standards, discovering strengths and improvement opportunities.
Step 2> Set realistic targets for new behaviors that meet your unique, evolving needs.
Step 3> Create a personalized plan from these new targets that allow you enough time to succeed, by taking small steps.
Step 4> Craft your own habit change support environment.
By the end of the book you will have completed these steps many times, giving you an easy way to improve any skill that’s important to your peace of mind.
Our next reading selections are:
Our next Productivity Book Group reading discussion will be on Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin. That live discussion call will take place on March 26, 2016. Full details are available at productivitybookgroup.org by clicking on “Upcoming Books.”
(Please listen to understand the context of the resources provided. If we missed something, please comment on the episode and let us know!)
- Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport [ http://amzn.to/1TJ1kEZ ]
- HBS Working Knowledge: “Who Should Manage Our Work Time?” [ http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/who-should-manage-our-work-time ]
Francis Wade: “(At the Harvard Business School, the philosophy has long been to eschew formal training in time management, instead overloading students purposely to force them to learn for themselves how to prioritize and become better time managers.) It’s worse than I remember!”
- Flow (Part 1) and Flow (Part 2) by Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi, PhD
- Francis Wade on Twitter (@fwade)
- Perfect Time-Based Productivity (website) [ http://perfect.mytimedesign.com/ ]
- Francis Wade on Quora [ https://www.quora.com/profile/Francis-Wade ]
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