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Productivity Book Group
Productivity Book Group is a virtual, personal productivity book discussion club and podcast. All are invited to read and discuss these personal productivity and related books with us!
GENERAL INFORMATION
We meet once a quarter by Zoom (audio, video or domestic and international phone dial-in options). In between those quarterly discussions, we interview productivity authors and record book summaries/reviews of other productivity books.
If you use Google Calendar, it’s easy to keep up-to-date as you can subscribe by visiting http://goo.gl/ym3Vl and clicking on “+Google Calendar” icon on the lower-right corner of the Productivity Book Group calendar.
DISCUSSION
It’s easy! Read the book noted on the schedule and then join the teleconference call at the date/time in the calendar or as posted in http://productivitybookgroup.org/upcoming-books/.
Join us in our digital community for Productivity Book Group via http://productivitybookgroup.org/community and you can discuss any of the books we are reading in the events created for each reading selection!
SCHEDULE
Please visit our Upcoming Books page to see the next few reading selections and the dates of our live discussion calls. For prior book discussions, please visit our Episodes page for the archives of those calls. We welcome your questions, concerns, recommendations and suggestions! Thank you!
Here’s to your productive life,
Ray Sidney-Smith
Productivity Book Group

Productivity Book Group Ray Sidney-Smith | rsidneysmith.com

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Productivity Book Group
Productivity Book Group is a virtual, personal productivity book discussion club and podcast. All are invited to read and discuss these personal productivity and related books with us!
GENERAL INFORMATION
We meet once a quarter by Zoom (audio, video or domestic and international phone dial-in options). In between those quarterly discussions, we interview productivity authors and record book summaries/reviews of other productivity books.
If you use Google Calendar, it’s easy to keep up-to-date as you can subscribe by visiting http://goo.gl/ym3Vl and clicking on “+Google Calendar” icon on the lower-right corner of the Productivity Book Group calendar.
DISCUSSION
It’s easy! Read the book noted on the schedule and then join the teleconference call at the date/time in the calendar or as posted in http://productivitybookgroup.org/upcoming-books/.
Join us in our digital community for Productivity Book Group via http://productivitybookgroup.org/community and you can discuss any of the books we are reading in the events created for each reading selection!
SCHEDULE
Please visit our Upcoming Books page to see the next few reading selections and the dates of our live discussion calls. For prior book discussions, please visit our Episodes page for the archives of those calls. We welcome your questions, concerns, recommendations and suggestions! Thank you!
Here’s to your productive life,
Ray Sidney-Smith
Productivity Book Group

    Get Organized Digitally! with Dr. Frank Buck

    Get Organized Digitally! with Dr. Frank Buck

    Get Organized Digitally!: The Educator’s Guide to Time Management







    I had the pleasure of interviewing yet again Dr. Frank Buck, author of Get Organized! Time Management for School Leaders [ http://amzn.to/2kfhJap ] and his newly-published book, Get Organized Digitally!: The Educator’s Guide to Time Management [ https://amzn.to/3ony6jk ]. Frank Buck, Ed.D., is a veteran school administrator, public speaker, productivity coach, and author. Most people are overwhelmed by the amount of paper and digital information in their lives. Dr. Buck makes organization easy so you can increase productivity, decrease stress, and enjoy life. Global Gurus ranked him #1 in the world in the “Time Management” category for 2019, 2020, and 2021. His career path took him from band director to principal to central office administrator and now to productivity coach, writer, and speaker.







    Productivity Book Group Author Interview Series is an opportunity to learn about new and interesting productivity books and authors. We interview authors that we have read or will be reading here on Productivity Book Group as well as other authors we think you might like. These podcast interviews are injected between our normal discussion-format episodes that are published here on Productivity Book Group.







    Enjoy the interview!







    The Amazon book description states:







    In today’s world, we’re often overwhelmed by our digital devices and the volume of available digital information. Get Organized Digitally! outlines a complete digital organizational system for the busy educator and helps you harness the power of technology to save time.This book is your go-to source, presenting the “nuts and bolts” of exactly how to make technology work for you in both your personal and professional life.Amazon.com







    Our next reading selections are:















    Show Notes:







    (Please listen to understand the context of the resources provided. If we missed something, please comment on the episode and let us know!)







    * Find Frank Buck at frankbuck.org















    Please visit our Upcoming Books to find out the details and the schedule for upcoming book discussion calls.







    Please feel free to visit Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or whichever podcast directory or app you prefer to access Productivity Book Group…and feel free to rate and review us there! This helps expand our readership and bring new discussion callers into the fold. Thank you.







    Finally, all podcast episodes are archived at ProductivityBookGroup.org under “Episodes” so if you missed a group discussion and want to review it, feel free to head over and give it a listen.















    Note: All registered service marks, trademarks and other copyrighted materials mentioned on the podcast are that of their respective owners. This group is not affiliated with or officially endorsed by those copyright owners.

    • 46 min
    The Productivity Zone by Penny Zenker – Author Interview – Productivity Book Group

    The Productivity Zone by Penny Zenker – Author Interview – Productivity Book Group

    Dr. Frank Buck sat down to interview Penny Zenker, author of The Productivity Zone: Stop the Tug of War with Time [ https://amzn.to/323FjNI ], for Productivity Book Group’s Author Interview Series.

    Productivity Book Group Author Interview Series is an opportunity to learn about new and interesting productivity books and authors. Dr. Buck and I will be interviewing some of the authors that we have read or will be reading here on Productivity Book Group as well as other authors we think you’d like to hear from. These shorter podcast interviews will be injected between our normal discussion-format episodes that are published here on Productivity Book Group.

    Enjoy the interview!

    The Amazon book description states:

    We’ve all experienced days where we’re “in the zone,” effortlessly meeting our objectives and feeling amazing. Wouldn’t it be great if we could experience this feeling every day? With this book you can discover how. The Productivity Zone takes you through the 10 Core Drivers that help you avoid procrastination and perfectionism and perform in the Productivity Zone. These 10 drivers are grouped into three core segments: Championship Psychology, Winning Strategies, and Sustainable Results. This is the only resource that combines both the skills and the mindset together in these 10 Core Drivers into one package. A deficiency in any one of the elements will stand between you and your best results.

    Our next reading selections are:



    Show Notes:

    (Please listen to understand the context of the resources provided. If we missed something, please comment on the episode and let us know!)

    The Productivity Zone: Stop the Tug of War with Time [ https://amzn.to/323FjNI ]

    Take Back Time with Penny Zenker podcast

    To find Penny Zenker and all that she discussed on the show, check out PennyZenker360.com.



    Please visit ProductivityBookGroup.org and find out the details and the schedule for upcoming book discussion calls. If you plan to read ahead or read a little more slowly, please visit ProductivityBookGroup.org and check out the schedule on the “Upcoming Books” page.

    Please feel free to visit Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or whichever podcast directory or app you prefer to access Productivity Book Group…and feel free to give the episode or show a rating or review! This helps expand our readership and bring new discussion callers into the fold. Thank you.

    Also, all podcast episodes are archived at ProductivityBookGroup.org under “Episodes” so if you missed a call and want to review it, feel free to head over and give them a listen.

    Finally, we have a digital community where we can discuss the productivity books we’re reading. You can access it on the Web, as well as via Android and iOS apps, and we’re very excited to have you join us there. Please visit https://productivitybookgroup.org/community and you will be taken to the new digital community to join. See you there!



    Note: All registered service marks,

    • 25 min
    The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness by Stephen R. Covey, PhD – Productivity Book Group

    The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness by Stephen R. Covey, PhD – Productivity Book Group

    On December 29, 2021, Productivity Book Group hosted its final book discussion of the year, The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness by Stephen R. Covey, PhD.

    Buy a copy on Amazon, bring a copy home from your local, independent bookstore, or borrow a copy from your local library, and listen to the discussion above! (Note: Amazon is showing the cover of the The 8th Habit Personal Workbook for the book, so it’s a bit confusing. But, the links here to the Amazon listings are for the book (you’ll see the title is correct), not the personal workbook. However, I also recommend that if you want to work through the 8th habit materials, the personal workbook is worth getting also!) 

    Enjoy the discussion!

    About Stephen R. Covey, PhD (Adapted from Wikipedia)

    “Stephen R. Covey was an American educator, author, business leader, [co-founder of FranklinCovey Co.,] and keynote speaker. [Author of more than a dozen works, h]is most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. His other books include First Things First, Principle-Centered Leadership, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families, The 8th Habit, and The Leader In Me: How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time. In 1996, TIME magazine named him one of the 25 most influential [Americans]. He was a Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chair in Leadership and professor at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University at the time of his death [in April 2012 from complications from a bicycling accident].” Covey is survived by his wife, nine children and 55 grandchildren.

    About the Book (Amazon)

    Over half a million copies sold.

    From the author that brought you the New York Times bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People comes a guide to accessing and encouraging the human potential for greatness.

    In the more than twenty-five years since its publication, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has become an international phenomenon with more than twenty-five million copies sold. Tens of millions of people in business, government, and schools have dramatically improved their lives and organizations by applying the principles of Stephen R. Covey’s classic book.

    The world, however, is a vastly changed place. Being effective as individuals and organizations is no longer merely an option—it’s a requirement for survival. But in order to thrive, innovate, excel, and lead in what Covey calls the “New Knowledge Worker Age,” we must build on and move beyond effectiveness. In this era of human history, our call is for greatness—holistic fulfillment, passionate execution, and significant contribution.

    Accessing the higher levels of human genius in today’s new reality requires a change in thinking: a new mindset and a new skill-set—in short, a new habit. The crucial challenge of our world today is this: to find our voice and inspire others to find theirs. It is what Covey calls the 8th Habit. The 8th Habit is the answer to the soul’s yearning for greatness, the organization’s imperative for significance and superior results, and humanity’s search for its “voice.”

    Covey’s books have transformed the way we think about ourselves, our purpose in life, our organizations, and about humankind. Just as The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People ...

    • 52 min
    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, 30th Anniversary Edition by Stephen R. Covey, PhD – Productivity Book Group

    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, 30th Anniversary Edition by Stephen R. Covey, PhD – Productivity Book Group

    On September 29, 2021, Productivity Book Group [ https://productivitybookgroup.org ] hosted its penultimate 2021 book discussion in which we discussed, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (30th Anniversary Edition) by Stephen R. Covey, PhD with additions by Sean Covey.







    About the Author (Wikipedia)







    “Stephen R. Covey was an American educator, author, business leader, [co-founder of FranklinCovey Co.,] and keynote speaker. [Author of more than a dozen works, h]is most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. His other books include First Things First, Principle-Centered Leadership, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families, The 8th Habit, and The Leader In Me: How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time. In 1996, TIME magazine named him one of the 25 most influential [Americans]. He was a Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chair in Leadership and professor at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University at the time of his death [in April 2012 from complications from a bicycling accident].” Covey is survived by his wife, nine children and 55 grandchildren.







    About the Book (Amazon):







    *New York Times bestseller—over 40 million copies sold**The #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century*

    One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for nearly three decades. It has transformed the lives of presidents and CEOs, educators and parents—millions of people of all ages and occupations. Now, this 30th anniversary edition of the timeless classic commemorates the wisdom of the 7 Habits with modern additions from Sean Covey.

    The 7 Habits have become famous and are integrated into everyday thinking by millions and millions of people. Why? Because they work!

    With Sean Covey’s added takeaways on how the habits can be used in our modern age, the wisdom of the 7 Habits will be refreshed for a new generation of leaders.

    They include:Habit 1: Be ProactiveHabit 2: Begin with the End in MindHabit 3: Put First Things FirstHabit 4: Think Win/WinHabit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be UnderstoodHabit 6: SynergizeHabit 7: Sharpen the Saw

    This beloved classic presents a principle-centered approach for solving both personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and practical anecdotes, Stephen R. Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity—principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.











    Here Dr. Covey speak about Habit 1 – Be proactive.











    Here’s a brief book summary of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People!







    Our final 2021 reading selection is:







    Join us on December 29, 2021 for our discussion of The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness by Stephen R. Covey, PhD.







    Show Notes:







    (Please listen to understand the context of the resources provided. If we missed something,

    • 57 min
    The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin – Productivity Book Group

    The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin – Productivity Book Group

    Productivity Book Group [ https://productivitybookgroup.org ] discussed The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals [ https://amzn.to/3ql2x98 ] by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin. Enjoy the discussion!

    The Amazon book description states:



    Believe this: every single space in your house has the potential to function efficiently and look great. The mishmash of summer and winter clothes in the closet? Yep. Even the dreaded junk drawer? Consider it done. And the best news: it’s not hard to do—in fact, it’s a lot of fun.

    From the home organizers who made their orderly eye candy the method that everyone swears by comes Joanna and Clea’s signature approach to decluttering. The Home Edit walks you through paring down your belongings in every room, arranging them in a stunning and easy-to-find way (hello, labels!), and maintaining the system so you don’t need another do-over in six months. When you’re done, you’ll not only know exactly where to find things, but you’ll also love the way it looks.

    A masterclass and look book in one, The Home Edit is filled with bright photographs and detailed tips, from placing plastic dishware in a drawer where little hands can reach to categorizing pantry items by color (there’s nothing like a little ROYGBIV to soothe the soul). Above all, it’s like having your best friends at your side to help you turn the chaos into calm.

    Our next reading selections are:





    Show Notes:

    (Please listen to understand the context of the resources provided. If we missed something, please comment on the episode and let us know!)



    * The Home Edit (Instagram)

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    Avery Labels (5429)



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    Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen



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    Work Clean: The life-changing power of mise-en-place to organize your life, work, and mind by Dan Charnas



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    Organizing from the Inside Out, second edition: The Foolproof System For Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life by Julie Morgenstern









    The callers you hear in this episode are readers just like you, and you are more than welcome to join us on the live calls to discuss productivity books too! Please visit ProductivityBookGroup.org and find out the details and the schedule for upcoming book discussion calls. If you plan to read ahead or read a little more slowly, please visit ProductivityBookGroup.org and check out the schedule on the “Upcoming Books” page.

    Please feel free to visit iTunes, Stitcher or whichever podcast directory or app you prefer to access Productivity Book Group…and feel free to review us there! This helps expand our readership and bring new discussion callers into the fold. Thank you.

    We have a digital community where we can discuss the books we’re reading. You can access it on the Web, as well as via Android and iOS apps, and we’re very excited to have you join us there. Please visit http://productivitybookgroup.org/community and you will be taken to the new digital community to join. See you there!

    Finally, all podcast episodes are archived at ProductivityBookGroup....

    • 56 min
    Struggle by Grace Marshall – Author Interview – Productivity Book Group

    Struggle by Grace Marshall – Author Interview – Productivity Book Group

    Productivity Book Group Author Interview Series is an opportunity to learn about new and interesting productivity books and authors. These shorter podcast interviews will be injected between our normal discussion-format episodes that are published here on Productivity Book Group.

    I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Grace Marshall, author of Struggle: The Surprising Truth, Beauty and Opportunity Hidden in Life’s Sh*ttier Moments [ https://amzn.to/3gNuCUj ]. Enjoy the interview!

    The Amazon book description states:

    Struggling? You’re in the right place.

    In a world that’s obsessed with fast hacks, quick wins, and Instagram-perfection (cue “Everything is Awesome”), struggle has become a taboo. A sign that something’s gone horribly wrong. But what if we’ve got it all wrong about getting it wrong?

    What if struggle isn’t a battle to fight, a trap to avoid, or a sign of weakness? What if struggle is precisely where the magic happens – where we do our best, most important work?

    Whether you’re wading in treacle, waiting for the storm to pass or just damn tired of the hustle, this thought-provoking exploration will shine a surprising new light on the truth, beauty and opportunity hidden in life’s shittier moments.

    Author of the award-winning ‘How to be Really Productive’, Grace Marshall is known for her “refreshingly human” approach to productivity. Featured in The Guardian, Forbes, Huffpost and BBC Radio, her work as a Productivity Ninja has taken her from Norway to New York, helping thousands of people – from startup founders to corporate managers, artists to engineers, students and CEOs – to replace stress, overwhelm and frustration with success, sanity and satisfaction.

    Our next reading selections are available on Upcoming Books.

    Show Notes:

    (Please listen to understand the context of the resources provided. If we missed something, please comment on the episode and let us know!)

    If you’d like to learn more about what Grace noted about “fawning” as an additional stress response, see Understanding Fight, Flight, Freeze and the Fawn Response.



    Please visit ProductivityBookGroup.org and find out the details and the schedule for upcoming book discussion calls; check out the schedule on the “Upcoming Books” page.

    Please feel free to visit Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or whichever podcast directory or app you prefer to access Productivity Book Group…and feel free to review us there! This helps expand our readership and bring new discussion callers into the fold. Thank you.

    Finally, all podcast episodes are archived at ProductivityBookGroup.org under “Episodes” so if you missed a call and want to review it, feel free to head over and give them a listen.



    Note: All registered service marks, trademarks and other copyrighted materials mentioned on the podcast are that of their respective owners. This group is not affiliated with or officially endorsed by those copyright owners.

    • 35 min

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Great interaction about productivity

With so many productivity books, it’s nice to be able to get a heads-up about what people are reading and discover new books. I’ve actually bought many books based on the weekly book reading.

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