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A virtual reading group dedicated to personal productivity (and related) books!
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For March, we'll be reading Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time by Brigid Schulte [ http://amzn.to/2kD36Nk ].

Amazon book description:
"Overwhelmed is a book about time pressure and modern life. It is a deeply reported and researched, honest and often hilarious journey from feeling that, as one character in the book said, time is like a "rabid lunatic" running naked and screaming as your life flies past you, to understanding the historical and cultural roots of the overwhelm, how worrying about all there is to do and the pressure of feeling like we're never have enough time to do it all, or do it well, is "contaminating" our experience of time, how time pressure and stress is resculpting our brains and shaping our workplaces, our relationships and squeezing the space that the Greeks said was the point of living a Good Life: that elusive moment of peace called leisure.

"Author Brigid Schulte, an award-winning journalist for the Washington Post -and harried mother of two - began the journey quite by accident, after a time-use researcher insisted that she, like all American women, had 30hours of leisure each week. Stunned, she accepted his challenge to keep time diary and began a journey that would take her from the depths of what she described as the Time Confetti of her days to a conference in Paris with time researchers from around the world, to North Dakota, of all places, where academics are studying the modern love affair with busyness, to Yale, where neuroscientists are finding that feeling overwhelmed is actually shrinking our brains, to exploring new lawsuits uncovering unconscious bias in the workplace, why the US has no real family policy, and where states and cities are filling the federal vacuum.

"She spent time with mothers drawn to increasingly super intensive parenting standards, and mothers seeking to pull away from it. And she visited the walnut farm of the world's most eminent motherhood researcher, an evolutionary anthropologist, to ask, are mothers just "naturally" meant to be the primary parent? The answer will surprise you.

"Along the way, she was driven by two questions, Why are things the way they are? and, How can they be better? She found real world bright spots of innovative workplaces, couples seeking to shift and share the division of labor at home and work more equitably and traveled to Denmark, the happiest country on earth, where fathers - and mothers - have more pure leisure time than parents in other industrial countries. She devoured research about the science of play, why it's what makes us human, and the
feminist leisure research that explains why it's so hard for women to allow themselves to. The answers she found are illuminating, perplexing and ultimately hopeful. The book both outlines the structural and policy changes needed - already underway in small pockets - and mines the latest human performance and motivation science to show the way out of the overwhelm and toward a state that time use researchers call ... Time Serenity."

Grab a copy of the book: http://amzn.to/2kD36Nk

And, join us on March 25, 2017 at noon Eastern Daylight Saving Time!

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N.B. We are reading and working through One Year to an Organized Financial 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 February, we'll be reading Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes by William Bridges, PhD [ http://amzn.to/2hIzVqU ]. If you've ever felt like your productivity dips when "change" (as you'll learn is different from "transitions," according to Bridges) is happening in or around your life, Transitions is for you!

Amazon book description:
Whether it is chosen or thrust upon you, change brings both opportunities and turmoil. Since first published 25 years ago, Transitions has helped hundreds of thousands of readers cope with these issues by providing an elegantly simple yet profoundly insightful roadmap of the transition process. With the understanding born of both personal and professional experience, William Bridges takes readers step by step through the three stages of any transition: The Ending, The Neutral Zone, and, in time, The New Beginning. Bridges explains how each stage can be understood and embraced, leading to meaningful and productive movement into a hopeful future. With a new introduction highlighting how the advice in the book continues to apply and is perhaps even more relevant today, and a new chapter devoted to change in the workplace, Transitions will remain the essential guide for coping with the one constant in life: change.

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

And, join us on February 25, 2017 at noon Eastern!

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N.B. We are reading and working through One Year to an Organized Financial 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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Join us for January's reading selection, SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient...Powered by the Science of Games by Jane McGonigal, PhD!

We'll be updating the website and publishing the G+ event here in the next couple days. But, if you have a loved one looking for a good holiday gift...hint, hint. ;)
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Join us for our next live, productivity book discussion, when we'll be discussing One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer, PhD. This short and poignant book is one in which we can go into several veins of discussion, so looking forward to it!

To grab a copy of the eBook or paperback, and support Productivity Book Group, click here: http://amzn.to/1uogtwx.

Check out some book summaries and reviews:
- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/266621.One_Small_Step_Can_Change_Your_Life
- http://www.leanblog.org/2012/01/book-review-one-small-step-can-change-your-life-the-kaizen-way/
- https://litemind.com/one-small-step-can-change-your-life/ (this includes a great, interactive mind map!)

Hope to see you on November 19th!

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The essential guide to kaizen—the art of making great and lasting change through small, steady steps—is now repackaged as an impulse paperback with a dazzling new cover that speaks to its proper positioning as a self-help/inspiration title that’s applicable to business as well.

Written by Dr. Robert Maurer, a psychologist on the staff of both the University of Washington School of Medicine and Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, and an expert on kaizen who speaks and consults nationally, One Small Step Can Change Your Life is the gentle but potent way to effect change. It is for anyone who wants to lose weight. Or quit smoking. Or write a novel, start an exercise program, get out of debt, or conquer shyness and meet new people.

Beginning by outlining the all-important role that fear plays in every type of change—and kaizen’s ability to neutralize it by circumventing the brain’s built-in resistance to new behavior—Dr. Maurer then explains the 7 Small Steps: how to Think Small Thoughts, Take Small Actions, Solve Small Problems, and more. He shows how to perform mind sculpture—visualizing virtual change so that real change comes more naturally. Why small rewards lead to big returns by internalizing motivation. How great discoveries are made by paying attention to the little details most of us overlook. Rooted in the two-thousand-year-old wisdom of the Tao Te Ching—“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”—here is the way to change your life without fear, without failure, and to begin a new, easy regimen of continuous improvement.

Source: https://www.workman.com/products/one-small-step-can-change-your-life

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We're meeting in two hours to discuss The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell (Nobel Prize-winning philosopher and mathematician). Details at productivitybookgroup.org/upcoming-books/ (Dial in information in the image attached also.)

Haven't read the book but still want to join the call? Check out these summaries:
- http://www.gurus.org/dougdeb/Courses/Happy/Conquest/outline.html
- https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/one-among-many/200905/russell-happiness
- http://blog.timlebon.com/2011/08/self-help-classics-no-1-bertrand.html
- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51783.The_Conquest_of_Happiness (See the first commenter "Lotz" for a pretty darn good summary by itself...other commenters do a thorough job as well)

Hope some of you join us today for the live discussion!
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ICYMI: #ProdChat, the weekly #productivity chat - Keeping Relationships Productive | http://goo.gl/0G5x1H
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