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Book of the Week – DONE: How To Work When No One Is Watching

If you struggle with procrastination, you need to read this guide on keeping yourself productive.

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What is “DONE” about?

How do you get things done when it feels like the world is conspiring to hijack your time, your attention and your focus? When distractions are everywhere and nothing seems to get accomplished? You turn to “DONE,” the hands-on guidebook that teaches the tools and strategies for overcoming procrastination, building stronger habits, harnessing daily energy and being more focused. You can be more efficient and effective with your time and get things DONE. Through stories, examples and activities, you’ll learn the importance of being in action, how to prevent obstacles from stopping you, how working with (and around) your brain can make all the difference in what can be accomplished every day and why one size does not fit all when it comes to productivity. Most importantly, you’ll understand how to leverage the trifecta of action, energy and focus to stay on track and get more DONE.

Topics include:

  1. How to be in action rather than motion, and why it matters
  2. How to get started when starting feels like too much work
  3. Dealing with distractions
  4. Using accountability to get things done
  5. Conquering procrastination caused by disorganization
  6. Managing your energy, not your time
  7. Building better habits
  8. Using focus to get more done
  9. Setting and achieving goals

Why should people read it? Who is the book for?

Read “DONE” to answer the questions about how to work most effectively – whether someone is watching or not. Learn the options you have to conquer procrastination of all kinds, have more energy, build better habits and be more focused. Then experiment to see what fits in best with your life. The information works great for anyone working from home, small business owners, independent consultants, freelancers, harried professionals and start-up entrepreneurs.

Single most important takeaway

“When it comes to any type of productivity, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Experiment and find out what works best for you.”

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Managing your energy is essential to managing your time. When you know your prime energy times, you can leverage it more effectively and get more accomplished with less effort.

Meet the author

Ellen Goodwin is a productivity consultant, TEDx speaker and author who uses neuroscience-based principles to enable individuals and teams to conquer all types of procrastination, build stronger habits and be more focused so that they can be more efficient and effective with their time. Goodwin believes that there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to productivity. This is why she advocates for experimentation to find the tools and techniques that will work seamlessly with your life and your business, no matter what you want to accomplish. She is the author of “DONE: How To Work When No One Is Watching” and the co-host of The Faster, Easier, Better Show podcast.


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