Get-it-Done Guy's 9 Steps To Work Less and Do More
“Robbins offers tips on how to streamline virtually every task!”
— Business Week
Building on his Get-It-Done Guy podcast, which just passed its 15 millionth download, the Get-It-Done Guy's 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More gives step by step advice on how to Live on Purpose, Stop Wasting Time, and much more. Learn how to ‘speed date' your tasks, set up an 'interruption time', or how to build your own zombie army.
What is it?
Get-It-Done Guy's 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More is a playful, yet serious guide to working less and doing more. In other words, creating a more productive life. Yes, it’s about getting more done at work. It’s also about getting more done in life. It lays out nine skills that apply anywhere you want to get greater results with less work. (For the buzzword-inclined, you can think of the book as business process re-engineering applied to individual productivity. I wouldn’t say that aloud, however.)
What sort of tips will I find?
Along with tips for running meetings and managing multiple projects, you’ll find content unique within the business literature. Everyone knows opening a new manufacturing plant requires detailed coordination and management. But only The Get-it-Done Guy gives serious treatment to the oft-overlooked project of creating an army of zombies to conquer the world (have you ever considered the supplies requirements for a zombie army? Zombies must be refrigerated or they fall apart). This book goes where other business books fear to tread. And unlike the others, this one’s funny.
How is it different than other books?
The best-known books on personal productivity are The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss, and Getting Things Done by David Allen. Tim’s book helps people build a financial engine to give them the life they want. David’s book helps achieve a peaceful, Zen-like mind by creating a system that handles everything in your life. The Get-it-Done Guy Book builds skills to make any pursuit less work. You can use it to work less and do more while building the financial engine that revolutionizes your life.
How can I use it?
You can also use it to do your existing job faster and better. One step of the Get-it-Done Guy system involves clearing your mind and life of clutter, but it doesn’t address inboxes; it addresses physical clutter and streamlining job demands that can lead to information overwhelm such as having to track several projects at once. Task management has already been presented in Getting Things Done, which is the system I have used for the last several years.
The book’s nine steps build a foundation for streamlining how you get what you want out of work (and life). The material is based on ideas I learned or developed during my years coaching, both coaching tools and techniques to help clients work less and do more.
What are the 9 steps?
Step 1. Live and work on purpose. This chapter covers techniques for aligning your life from your highest values down to what you’ll do today for work. It provides tools to keep you on track, and to find out when your daily actions are steering you away from your biggest goals. NEW! Download Chapter 1 here.
Step 2: Stop procrastinating. What is procrastinating except the very art of not doing the very stuff you know is most important? This chapter provides several techniques for nipping this in the bud, including how to use questions to kick yourself into actions. (Forget carrots and sticks. Curiosity works much better as a motivator!) NEW! Download Chapter 2 here.
Step 3: Conquer your technology. Technology was supposed be the answer. After reading this chapter, it will be. We cover re-establishing a healthy relationship with your technology and using it to help you stay on task. There are lots of juicy tactics here about handling email, voicemail, and using technology to make scheduling go more quickly.
Step 4: Cultivate focus. Focus, focus, focus. You’ll get more done. This chapter covers how to eliminate distractions, deal with interruptions, and keep yourself on one task or project until you’ve made serious progress.
Step 5: Stay organized (mentally as well as physically). Disorganization adds more work because you spend half your time just looking for the tools of your trade. This doesn’t just apply to stuff; it also applies to how you organize your information, your projects, and your processes.
Step 6: Don’t waste time. A lot of supposedly “on task” work, isn’t. Learn to recognize when your so-called work is just time wasting. Like spending too much time on personal productivity systems!
Step 7: Optimize! Even when you’re doing the right things for the right reasons, you can often better. This chapter covers how to find opportunities for improvement and how to develop ways to get the same stuff done with less work.
Step 8: Build stronger relationships. People are ultimately how everything gets done. This chapter provides some non-obvious tips about forming, deepening, and maintaining relationships.
Step 9: Leverage! The ultimate in Doing More, our final destination of leverage will give you several ways to make sure when you do get results, you get better, stronger, and faster than you’d ever dreamed possible.
What are people saying about it?
The response has been overwhelming!
- "WORK LESS AND DO MORE – VIDEO BOOK REVIEW "This is a MUST BUY book if you want to increase productivity"
- "5 Ways to Tame the Email Beast" on bnet.com "You can finally get email to be a useful tool again"
- "Review: 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More" on The Simple Dollar "A very solid and easy read with a lot of good little tips and ideas strewn throughout – much like the podcast, in fact."
- "Nine Ways to Work Less and Do More In Your Startup" in Start Up Professionals "You too can be a get-it-done guy"
- "Some Thoughts on Daily Action" on The Simple Dollar "I tried incorporating this [Daily Action Pack] idea into my work and personal routine this week and I have to say – it’s pretty awesome"