Did you know that the average worker gets to concentrate for three minutes before being interrupted? Email, social media, friends, colleagues, housemates, hunger, informative Scotcampus articles: there are hundreds of things that’re trying to grab at your attention at any given moment. Work Simply wants to help you fight back.
What’s it about?
Author Carson Tate is a renowned productivity consultant for big US companies, but don’t let that put you off. She’s mainly just an incredibly well-informed expert with a finely-tuned skill: breaking down and solving the problem of productivity. And this book is all about using those skills to help you get the most out of your time.
Based on sound science that debunks the whole ‘right brain/left brain’ theory (yup, you can ignore those web surveys now) and a vast array of studies and examples, she offers a new breakdown of working styles.
With this outlined, readers are then offered a survey to find out where they fit on the spectrum, and then a range of solutions to various productivity problems tailored for each archetype.
Who’s it for?
From the cover blurb, Work Simply looks squarely aimed at suits. But once you dip into Carson Tate’s material, you’ll find it refreshingly free of management speak, corporate jargon and narrow goals from money-grabbing business folk. (Although if you’re into that kind of thing, we’re pretty sure this stuff can help there too).
In fact, this book is designed to be accessible to everyone. It’s written in plain, simple and friendly language; science and stats are cited in an easy-to-digest manner; and case studies avoid overly specific scenarios that could alienate a wider audience.
Is it any good?
Work Simply is not one of those lazy self-help books that’s designed to lure in idle daydreamers and people who are more interested in picking up an interesting titbit or two than reaching their goals. It’s actually a manual for productivity, and everything is arranged to be as useful and easy-to-use as possible.
Packed with useful tips and tailored questionnaires to help you find your productivity type and identify effective solutions to your procrastination problems, Work Simply is one of the best study aids we’ve come across.
From the mind map contents page that lets you dip in and out to address the issues that matter to you, to the solution breakdowns by personality type, every aspect of the book is designed to ensure you find the solutions that work best for you. And that’s about the highest praise you can give a book about productivity.