Stress-Free Productivity: A Personalized Toolkit to Become Your Most Efficient and Creative Self (Paperback)
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From the author of The Anxiety Toolkit, a guide to creating your own personalized productivity plan, using self-science to make systems that work for you.
There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all productivity plan. The tricks that work for your colleague may not work as well for you. Or perhaps they don’t work at all. The fact is that everyone has their own productivity quirks to make them work efficiently and effectively. They just don’t know how to crack them.
Enter former clinical psychologist Alice Boyes. In this innovative guide, she will help you diagnose your unique productivity profile and give you the framework to formulate a powerhouse personalized system. Drawing on groundbreaking research, countless examples, and quizzes in every chapter, this book will help you be the most growth-oriented, most effective and efficient, and most creative and visionary version of yourself.
If you’ve ever felt that you’re too much of a perfectionist to be productive, or if the prepackaged advice from experts just doesn’t work, this is the book for you. It will help you achieve more success and have the freedom to spend more of your time and energy on what’s most meaningful to you.
About the Author
Alice Boyes, Ph.D., is a former clinical psychologist-turned-writer. The author of The Anxiety Toolkit and The Healthy Mind Toolkit, she is a popular blogger for Psychology Today (where her articles have more than 16 million views) and Harvard Business Review, and contributes to various magazines. Dr. Boyes also serves as the resident emotions expert for Women’s Health (Australia/New Zealand edition), and her research has been published by The American Psychological Association.
“Yes! You can be productive and creative without sacrificing your emotional health. In this groundbreaking book, Boyes has created an exciting new paradigm for productivity that is based on your unique self and your psychological well-being.”
—Guy Winch, TED speaker, author of Emotional First Aid, and cohost of the Dear Therapists podcast
“A brilliant, practical handbook to manage the wide-ranging psychological barriers to producing exceptional work. It is an entire master class in creating productive habits, healthy decision-making, anxiety management, curiosity, self-compassion, and creativity.”
—Dr. Todd B. Kashdan, Professor of Psychology, Director of the Well-Being Laboratory at George Mason University, and author of The Art of Insubordination: How to Dissent and Defy Effectively
“Using the latest research on topics like habits, creativity, resilience, and emotional health, Boyes has created a guide to productivity that’s nurturing, approachable, and packed with practical strategies for how you can do your most innovative work and survive your workweek.”
—Scott Barry Kaufman, author of Transcend and host of The Psychology Podcast
“Boyes challenges the unhealthy—and simply false—notion that there’s a necessary trade-off between productivity and mental well-being. On the contrary, she shows us how to use evidence-based tools to get things done without overworking, pulling our hair out, and wearing ourselves down. I’ve already used several of these tips in my own life and plan to return to them again and again.”
—Amy Gallo, workplace expert, cohost of HBR’s Women at Work podcast, and author of the HBR Guide to Dealing with Conflict
“Boyes will show you how to find creative ways to be productive. She goes into detail on how to cultivate a compassionate inner voice and is working with self-compassion in interesting new ways.”
—Christopher Germer, clinical psychologist, co-creator of the Mindful Self-Compassion program, and author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion
“The productivity paradigm is shifting, and Alice Boyes is leading the way. In her signature style she integrates practical tools and inspirational wisdom to offer a truly refreshing perspective on what it means to be a productive human being.”
—Seth Gillihan, clinical psychologist and author of Retrain your Brain: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks
“Boyes shows you how to use self-awareness to advance your career with a practical plan that’s tailor-made to your unique situation. Anyone who is fed up with one-size-fits-all guides to productivity should read this book. You’ll learn how to be productive in a self-compassionate, creative way that incorporates the best elements of you.”
—Emma Seppälä, Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education
“I’m a huge fan of Alice Boyes’s kinder, gentler approach to productivity. It makes me realize I don’t have to be Michael Phelps or Elon Musk to get things done. It’s helpful and practical without the unnecessary pressure.”
—Al Jacobs, author of the NYT bestseller The Year of Living Biblically
"Dr. Alice Boyes delivers a surprising and engaging take on productivity, and guides you toward the work that truly matters. Stress-Free Productivity presents an easy-to-follow and compassionate approach to help you feel less overwhelmed and more energized. Rather than telling you how to pack more into your day, Dr. Boyes shows you how to tap into your creativity and self-compassion to be more effective in your work and personal life. This book is well worth your time!"
—Barbara Markway PhD, clinical psychologist, author of The Self-Confidence Workbook