100 Things Productive People Do: Little Lessons in Getting Things Done

  • 2h 57m
  • Nigel Cumberland
  • Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
  • 2022

Following the success of the international bestseller, 100 THINGS SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE DO, Nigel Cumberland turns his attention to productivity.

100 THINGS PRODUCTIVE PEOPLE DO distills all the wisdom of a lifetime of coaching successful business people into 100 short chapters showing you how to boost your productivity and get things done.

It is packed with great ideas for achieving more and creating success. Explore the habits, tools, techniques and mentality of highly productive people and discover how to effortlessly take on your to-do list. Every chapter features a new idea that will help you work smarter, not harder. Mixing simple explanations with activities and exercises, you’ll learn the optimal mindset and habits you need to succeed.


‘Inside these pages you’ll find a powerful reminder of the many ways you can make your life – and other people’s lives – more successful. It will help you identify what success means to you and give you the building blocks for making that success a reality. This is your chance to overcome whatever obstacles are stopping you. Read it, act on it and experience the difference’ Marshall Goldsmith Ph.D., bestselling author of TRIGGERS

About the Author

Nigel Cumberland is an award-winning global coach who helps leaders and teams to optimize and enhance their success in both their careers and lives. He has coached and trained at some of the world's most prestigious organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank Group, Standard Chartered Bank, Google, Dell, LVMH, Christian Dior, Continental AG and the Dubai Government. He is also one of the elite Marshall Goldsmith approved coaches and a member of Harvard Business Review's Advisory Council. He is also a Freeman of the City of London and has been given the award as one of the world's top 100 leadership coaches.

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • Understand Your Need to Be Productive
  • Know What Needs to Be Done
  • Work in Short Bursts
  • Stay Healthy to Stay Productive
  • Say ‘No’
  • Prioritize
  • Know When to Switch off
  • Eliminate the Trivial
  • Know if You're a Morning or Evening Person
  • Share the Load
  • Become Tech Savvy
  • Do What You Love
  • It's Ok to Be Imperfect
  • Don't Procrastinate
  • Save Your Draft and Sleep on it
  • Keep Your Workspace Tidy
  • Learn from Setbacks
  • Use Each Day Well
  • Manage Your Emails
  • Start with the Hardest Task
  • To Burn or Not to Burn the Midnight Oil
  • Keep Meetings Effective
  • Work to Your Strengths
  • The Power of Repetition and Ritual
  • Keep a Productivity Journal
  • Finish What You Start
  • To Multi-Task or Not to Multi-Task?
  • Take a Break from Your Phone
  • Break down Large Tasks
  • Embrace Ergonomics
  • Stop Over-Promising
  • Follow the Two-Pizza Rule
  • Set SMART Goals
  • Ensure Goals are PURE and CLEAR
  • Never Avoid the Shitty Work
  • Work with the 80–20 Rule
  • Learn to Focus
  • Listen Well
  • Make Time for Yourself
  • Practice, Practice, Practice
  • Plan for Things Going Wrong
  • Seek Regular Feedback
  • Stop People-Pleasing
  • Early to Rise
  • Assumptions can Be Dangerous
  • Ditch Manual Processes
  • Reduce Time Spent in Meetings
  • Don't Burn Yourself Out
  • Eliminate Mental Overload
  • Be Productive with Your Free Time
  • Repeat Your Successes
  • Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
  • Get Out of Your Own Way
  • Create the Ideal Physical Environment
  • Identify Your Leaks
  • Master Hybrid Working
  • Seek a Mentor
  • Trust others
  • Master Your Memory
  • Align Your Work with the Team
  • Stand up When Working
  • Know Why You're doing What You're Doing
  • No More Overtime
  • Plant Seeds
  • If in Doubt, Communicate
  • Celebrate Your Successes
  • Master Deep Working
  • Change What Needs Changing
  • Accept What You Cannot Change
  • Be Productive after Meetings
  • Stretch Your Goals
  • Make Learning a Priority
  • Keep Your Laptop Organized
  • Ensure others are Productive
  • Avoid Excessive Screen Time
  • Group Tasks Together
  • Hire an Assistant
  • Picture What You Want
  • Find Your Motivation
  • Track Your Progress
  • Maintain a ‘Not to-Do’ List
  • Avoid Workaholism
  • Know Your Own Capacity
  • Always Do the Right Things Right
  • Make Friends with AI
  • Make Work Fun and Enjoyable
  • Use Online Tools and Apps
  • Make Time
  • Don't Let others Steal Your Time
  • Work on Your Own Sometimes
  • Don't Cheat
  • Record Unexpected Ideas
  • Choose Friends Wisely
  • Take Care Working in Groups
  • Talk More Face to Face
  • Invest in You
  • Be Open about Your Goals
  • Be Honest with Yourself
  • Become a Subject Matter Expert
  • Review Your Progress
  • And Finally
  • References


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