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A virtual reading group dedicated to personal productivity (and related) books!
A virtual reading group dedicated to personal productivity (and related) books!

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Productivity Book Group Author Interview Series is an opportunity to learn about new and interesting productivity books and authors. I’ll be interviewing some of the authors that we have read or will be reading here on Productivity Book Group as well as…
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The Paradox of Choice - @prodbookgrp #productivity #books #podcast

Productivity Book Group [ http://productivitybookgroup.org ] discussed The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less [ http://amzn.to/2hIDDzn ] by Barry Schwartz, PhD. Enjoy the discussion! The Amazon book description states: Whether we’re buying a pair of…
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Less than two weeks left before our live (telephone-based) book discussion on The Paradox of Choice (http://amzn.to/2hIDDzn) by Dr. Barry Schwartz, on September 23rd at noon EDT. Join us! It's a fascinating read and will help you edge our your productive gains by reducing choice! This is the ONE book you should be reading right now. ;-)
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Productivity Book Group [ http://productivitybookgroup.org ] discussed Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World [ http://amzn.to/2hECDsQ ] by Cal Newport. Deep Work, as defined by Cal Newport is Professional activities performed in a…
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In case you want to refresh your memory about "Deep Work" by Cal Newport before our live book discussion call today, check out https://www.evernote.com/l/AAvhcqm1v_tKqoALw1kglVsb9784tYo6FZ4. Enjoy!
And, talk to many of you at noon EDT!
Hi, productivity book readers!

We are discussing Deep Work by Cal Newport tomorrow at noon ET! Hope you can join us!

Full details here:
https://plus.google.com/b/107492583543074762156/events/copebalm92je8bcm985ostpdvpc?authkey=CMfO5LOK4ZySwAE
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Hi, productivity book readers!

We are discussing Deep Work by Cal Newport tomorrow at noon ET! Hope you can join us!

Full details here:
https://plus.google.com/b/107492583543074762156/events/copebalm92je8bcm985ostpdvpc?authkey=CMfO5LOK4ZySwAE
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Fellow Evernote Certified Consultant Stacey Harmon is presenting a free @Evernote #productivity webinar: https://plus.google.com/+StaceyHarmon/posts/8dX2UmiG8YW
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For September, we'll be reading The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz [http://amzn.to/2hECDsQ]

Book Description (Amazon)
Whether we're buying a pair of jeans, ordering a cup of coffee, selecting a long-distance carrier, applying to college, choosing a doctor, or setting up a 401(k), everyday decisions—both big and small—have become increasingly complex due to the overwhelming abundance of choice with which we are presented.

As Americans, we assume that more choice means better options and greater satisfaction. But beware of excessive choice: choice overload can make you question the decisions you make before you even make them, it can set you up for unrealistically high expectations, and it can make you blame yourself for any and all failures. In the long run, this can lead to decision-making paralysis, anxiety, and perpetual stress. And, in a culture that tells us that there is no excuse for falling short of perfection when your options are limitless, too much choice can lead to clinical depression.

In The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz explains at what point choice—the hallmark of individual freedom and self-determination that we so cherish—becomes detrimental to our psychological and emotional well-being. In accessible, engaging, and anecdotal prose, Schwartz shows how the dramatic explosion in choice—from the mundane to the profound challenges of balancing career, family, and individual needs—has paradoxically become a problem instead of a solution. Schwartz also shows how our obsession with choice encourages us to seek that which makes us feel worse.

By synthesizing current research in the social sciences, Schwartz makes the counter intuitive case that eliminating choices can greatly reduce the stress, anxiety, and busyness of our lives. He offers eleven practical steps on how to limit choices to a manageable number, have the discipline to focus on those that are important and ignore the rest, and ultimately derive greater satisfaction from the choices you have to make.

About the Author
Barry Schwartz is the Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action in the psychology department at Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, where he has taught for thirty years. He is the author of several leading textbooks on the psychology of learning and memory, as well as a penetrating look at contemporary life, The Battle for Human Nature: Science, Morality, and Modern Life. Dr. Schwartz is married and has two children.

Grab a copy of the book: http://amzn.to/2hIDDzn

And, join us on September 23, 2017 at noon Eastern Daylight Saving Time!

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N.B. We are reading and working through One Year to an Organized Life by Regina Leeds with Russell Wild, for discussion in our December Productivity Book Group call. Please check out the book ( http://amzn.to/1Oux3SO ) and start working on the week-by-week activities outlined in the book (and you can start at any time of the year!).
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For June, we'll be reading Deep Work by Cal Newport [ http://amzn.to/2hECDsQ]

Book Description (Amazon)
One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare. If you master this skill, you'll achieve extraordinary results.

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep-spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there's a better way.

In DEEP WORK, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four "rules," for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.

A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, DEEP WORK takes the reader on a journey through memorable stories-from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind, to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air-and no-nonsense advice, such as the claim that most serious professionals should quit social media and that you should practice being bored. DEEP WORK is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.

About the Author
Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, who specializes in the theory of distributed algorithms. He previously earned his Ph.D. from MIT in 2009 and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004.

Grab a copy of the book: http://amzn.to/2hECDsQ

And, join us on June 24, 2017 at noon Eastern Daylight Saving Time!

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N.B. We are reading and working through One Year to an Organized Life by Regina Leeds with Russell Wild, for discussion in our December Productivity Book Group call. Please check out the book ( http://amzn.to/1Oux3SO ) and start working on the week-by-week activities outlined in the book (and you can start at any time of the year!).
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