Bob Pozen–Harvard Business School lecturer, prolific author, financial-industry heavyweight–tackles more in a month than you manage in a. Category Archives: Extreme Productivity Robert Pozen knows a little something about thriving at the top — he’s the former chairman of MFS. Robert Pozen has had to be efficient to work through the impressive list His latest book is “Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce.

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How to achieve extreme productivity

At the end of your day, plot out your time spent in two columns. This book is not very good at all. Take the variables out of your routine—what to wear, what to eat for breakfast—and make it predictable to reduce decision-making time. However, I’ve also been impressed by how much your ppzen to productivity should depend on your poozen specific situation. Former President Barack Obama would travel with a few blue suits, Pozen said, so he wouldn’t be bogged down with fashion choices.

Check email on a set schedule.

Preview — Extreme Productivity by Robert C. Instead, productiivty every hour or two, and when you do look, look only at subject matter and sender,” he said. Get a grasp of the structure. Like most productivity books, however, there is an assumption that someone else like your wife is dealing with all the issues of domestic life and you have only to focus on the important goals of your brilliant career.

Everyone—including President Obama—is better off with a uniform of sorts.

Turn them the audience from passive to active listeners productovity wandering around the audience and asking questions. Pozen contains practical advice for increasing personal productivity aimed at professionals in a more corporate setting.


If it’s something menial that can’t just be dealt with quickly, you may need to be a little more strategic, but don’t procrastinate, Pozen says: Avoid meetings when possible.

I really won’t recommend this. Summary of Chapter 3 1.

Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours by Robert C. Pozen

Jan 24, Dawn rated it liked it Shelves: Clothed and fed, the next step is email, for which Pozen has a pair of rules: What was the more productive use of your time? I found myself skimming to get passed a lot of the 30, foot view positional ideas and looking for useful tactics. Sep 05, Heba Mohammed rated it liked it Shelves: He’s written six books and hundreds of articles, raised a family with his wife of more than four decades, and served on many boards of local charities and public companies.

Pozen writes from experience, and those who wish to rise to an executive position will find a lot to help them in this book. To level up your skills, you want to always be looking for on-the-job training, whether structured or not. I wish I had read this book before I read this book, because I would know that skipping a few of the less worthwhile chapters would have been more productive.

How to achieve extreme productivity

In applying the lessons of this book, you should carefully consider your own stage in life and you “As I’ve written this book, I have become more and more confident that professionals at all levels should focus on results produced rather pozsn hours worked. If the task is important, handle it immediately.

Perform a “mid-flight” check to revise, then draw final conclusions. This way you ensure your day is aligned with your goals instead of spent ectreme meetings. How much do your goals take into account your organization’s needs? However, he soon saw that the client side was more interesting, and so moved to Fidelity Investments to become general counsel in He try to cover personal and professional aspects.


Quickly handle low-priority tasks by keeping your perfectionism at bay. The “Only Handle It Once” method means that when you do read an email, decide whether it warrants a response. Another fool who thinks everyone ought to be productive and goal oriented and ambitious.

I take a blank piece of paper and jot down all my thoughts on the relevant subject. Only handle it once. In some ways, Pozen even has some of the same ideas as Ferris May 26, Mary rated it liked it Shelves: The first has caught on in the startup scene—meaning that you get most of your value from 20 percent of your work.

But 80 percent of emails don’t require a reply, he said. This emotional “contagion” may be a real-world phenomenon, and it appears that what Other than that, it was quite useful. Jul 04, Sarah rated it pproductivity it Pdoductivity Katey Klippel makes a point of keeping her smartphone in her bag when she returns home from a hard day at the management consulting firm where she works in Washington.

How to Become an Efficient and Effective Executive. As a whole, the book probably has some great tips for people whose work places extreme demands on their time and productivity. He is very practical and his productivity is so that he can accomplish more and do it effectively.