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I am a professor, but not of productivity or anything like that. I’m not a guru. I’m just a person—not too different from you—trying to get stuff done in a world that isn’t always so helpful: incessant text messages; instant notifications; people expecting us to be on-demand 24/7… you know what I’m talking about. I’ve read more about productivity than I’d like to admit. I’ I am a professor, but not of productivity or anything like that. I’m not a guru. I’m just a person—not too different from you—trying to get stuff done in a world that isn’t always so helpful: incessant text messages; instant notifications; people expecting us to be on-demand 24/7… you know what I’m talking about. I’ve read more about productivity than I’d like to admit. I’ve started and stopped just about every system out there. I’ve tried every Google-able time and task management hack. And I’ve spent a lot of time (probably too much time) dissecting and analyzing what works and what doesn’t. It took some years and some growing pains. I failed more often than I’ve succeeded, but a couple years ago, I figured it all out. Well, not all of it… but pretty close. I designed a system that is simple (so I don’t get frustrated), customizable to my personal idiosyncrasies (because what works for others won’t work for me), flexible to whatever my current goals are (because my priorities change), and most importantly, sustainable for the long haul. It will stand the test of time. It won’t be dropped and replaced by the next flavor-of-the-month. It’s here to stay. It’s designed to stay. And it’s designed to work for anyone: Simple to create and implement. Customizable to you. Flexible to your life. Sustainable for the long term. This book helps you setup your own productivity system by aligning your long term goals (the things you want to do) with your short term actions (what you do on a day-to-day basis.) In other words: This book shows you how to be a LONG TERM PERSON in a SHORT TERM WORLD. The book consists of 15 chapters, each presenting a critical component of long term productivity and goal management. You can read straight through or jump around as needed. It’s also meant to be referred back to from time-to-time. System maintenance, if you will. Specifically, the book shows you how to: Assess your current trajectory—to get where we want, we must know where we’re currently heading Brainstorm your aspirations—the ambitious and the simple, the visible and the hidden Conceptualize conceptualize goals in a way that makes them immune to failure (using the SMARTEST Method) Determine your productivity resources using a TEFLON Analysis (time, energy, focus, grit, and others) Establish a weekly and daily schedule that allows you to balance your ambitions and obligations Find more time to get stuff done Guard our precious time and maintain progress despite knocks on the door and people who expect us to be available on-demand 
 Harness rules of efficiency deciding what to do and when to do it to maximize our moment-to-moment effectiveness Incorporate long term practices like meditation and exercise that will ultimately help you realize your ambitions Journal and record your progress using “productivity journals” Keep up with everything as it comes your way—how to balance it all, our obligations, our families, and our goals Learn-by-doing and improve your productivity by learning from the best source of all—you! Modify your system based on lessons learned—don’t leave good information on the table and don’t repeat mistakes Negotiate with the short term world so that, over time, it becomes easier and easier to get things done Optimize your system for the long haul by listening to your inner voice and knowing when, and how, to change priorities or goals


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I am a professor, but not of productivity or anything like that. I’m not a guru. I’m just a person—not too different from you—trying to get stuff done in a world that isn’t always so helpful: incessant text messages; instant notifications; people expecting us to be on-demand 24/7… you know what I’m talking about. I’ve read more about productivity than I’d like to admit. I’ I am a professor, but not of productivity or anything like that. I’m not a guru. I’m just a person—not too different from you—trying to get stuff done in a world that isn’t always so helpful: incessant text messages; instant notifications; people expecting us to be on-demand 24/7… you know what I’m talking about. I’ve read more about productivity than I’d like to admit. I’ve started and stopped just about every system out there. I’ve tried every Google-able time and task management hack. And I’ve spent a lot of time (probably too much time) dissecting and analyzing what works and what doesn’t. It took some years and some growing pains. I failed more often than I’ve succeeded, but a couple years ago, I figured it all out. Well, not all of it… but pretty close. I designed a system that is simple (so I don’t get frustrated), customizable to my personal idiosyncrasies (because what works for others won’t work for me), flexible to whatever my current goals are (because my priorities change), and most importantly, sustainable for the long haul. It will stand the test of time. It won’t be dropped and replaced by the next flavor-of-the-month. It’s here to stay. It’s designed to stay. And it’s designed to work for anyone: Simple to create and implement. Customizable to you. Flexible to your life. Sustainable for the long term. This book helps you setup your own productivity system by aligning your long term goals (the things you want to do) with your short term actions (what you do on a day-to-day basis.) In other words: This book shows you how to be a LONG TERM PERSON in a SHORT TERM WORLD. The book consists of 15 chapters, each presenting a critical component of long term productivity and goal management. You can read straight through or jump around as needed. It’s also meant to be referred back to from time-to-time. System maintenance, if you will. Specifically, the book shows you how to: Assess your current trajectory—to get where we want, we must know where we’re currently heading Brainstorm your aspirations—the ambitious and the simple, the visible and the hidden Conceptualize conceptualize goals in a way that makes them immune to failure (using the SMARTEST Method) Determine your productivity resources using a TEFLON Analysis (time, energy, focus, grit, and others) Establish a weekly and daily schedule that allows you to balance your ambitions and obligations Find more time to get stuff done Guard our precious time and maintain progress despite knocks on the door and people who expect us to be available on-demand 
 Harness rules of efficiency deciding what to do and when to do it to maximize our moment-to-moment effectiveness Incorporate long term practices like meditation and exercise that will ultimately help you realize your ambitions Journal and record your progress using “productivity journals” Keep up with everything as it comes your way—how to balance it all, our obligations, our families, and our goals Learn-by-doing and improve your productivity by learning from the best source of all—you! Modify your system based on lessons learned—don’t leave good information on the table and don’t repeat mistakes Negotiate with the short term world so that, over time, it becomes easier and easier to get things done Optimize your system for the long haul by listening to your inner voice and knowing when, and how, to change priorities or goals

46 review for Long Term Person, Short Term World: Sustainable Productivity in a World of Limited Time, Unlimited Tasks, and Endless Interruptions

  1. 4 out of 5

    Vincent Noel

    Short, to the point and enjoyable if you’re into productivity literature. Most of it is not new, but it is a nice recap. Some stuff I have not seen anywhere else — like the suggestion to prepare in advance instructions on what to do when you fall off the wagon. The book could do with more editing though — around chapter 11 some paragraphs are almost repeated but not quite.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rachanont

    Valuable book to read for becoming productive person in new year. Good and Valuable book to read for becoming productive person in new year. Recommend for all productivity nerd and newbies.

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