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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a virtual book tour for The Productivity Book by Michael Brecht, a non-fiction/time management book available now from Doodle AG.






The Productivity Book



by Michael Brecht



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GENRE: Non-fiction/time management


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BLURB:


Ever wondered what the secret is to productivity? Here’s a hint: there isn’t just one. Introducing the Doodle Productivity Book! Containing in-depth interviews with 30 of the world’s top productivity & time management experts, this book lifts the lid on the industry’s best kept tips and tricks. The result? An engaging and practical guide that will help you find your natural pace, so you can work smarter—not harder.


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GUEST TOPIC: Give us an interesting fun fact or two about your book
One of the most fun and interesting things about The Productivity Book, and something our readers will appreciate, is that increasing productivity and mastering time management does not need to cost a thing. In fact, the main tools that people used were everyday objects you can find around the house, for example:

1) Pen and paper. Simple, tried, and tested. Nearly everyone we spoke to for The Doodle Productivity
Book said that this was the only method they used for planning. The reasons were clear: everything is in one place, there are no notifications, and it doesn’t run out of battery. Some pair it with select free apps, but the classic planning method is still the first choice for the experts.

2) A timer. This one is our favorite. The simple kitchen timer! Almost everyone has one laying around in a draw, and if you don’t—you know someone who does. If you’re really pushed, your phone probably has one built-in. People use them in multiple ways, and there are several techniques such as the Pomodoro Technique that incorporate them into their routine, but they repeatedly stood out as one of the primary weapons of productivity experts everywhere!

Many people are tired of spending money on quick fix solutions. There are so many new technologies coming on to the market every day—whether it’s software or hardware—that promise to change your life. It’s a billion dollar industry. Luckily, our book shows that you don’t need to break the bank for the latest smartphone, mobile device or watch if you want to improve your life.





EXCERPT:


Quote Laura Stack:


What are some of your favorite productivity tips & apps?   


Obviously, I love Doodle! I use it to schedule client conference calls and I talk about it in my presentations! Other apps I like:   


TripIt. I use this for plane, hotel, directions and ground transportation. Simply forward your confirmation emails and TripIt automatically populates your digital itineraries. It also means I can access all my details on my phone as I’m walking through the airport.


Evernote. Sync content from the cloud to your desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone. When I see an article I like online, I simply right-click, clip the page, file it in a Notebook and tag it for easy searching. I drag large PDF documents into new Notes to read on upcoming business trips. I use Evernote in conjunction with my Livescribe Smartpen, so my handwritten notes from meetings and conference calls sync through Wi-Fi to my online account. I can listen to recordings right before meetings to refresh my memory.


TouchDown. Microsoft Outlook users can sync their data to their phones, which is really handy, except the native apps require them to tap multiple icons to access different modules. Instead, I use the TouchDown ActiveSync Exchange client. This allows me to click ONE icon to access my Email, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, and Notes, as well as handle Out of Office and Rule settings.


Square. My smartphone is a portable credit card processing machine. Using a small scanner that plugs into the earphone jack, I can accept payments for things like book sales and speaking fees. I slide the card through the scanner, enter the dollar amount and ask the buyer to sign with a fingertip. The buyer can enter an email address to receive a receipt.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


I am a serial entrepreneur, have more than twenty years of experience in IT and Digital Media and have held several international leadership positions in Europe and AustralAsia.


Since the beginning of 2014 I am CEO of Doodle – the world’s favourite online scheduling tool. Together with my fantastic team we have integrated Doodle into the Digital Portfolio of Tamedia AG, Switzerland’s largest media company. Our focus is to grow the business into a global application while strengthening its product offerings and continuing its successful monetisation. Doodle AG is a highly profitable business with offices in Zurich and Berlin.

 

My experience ranges from founding a start-up to various exits to multi-national corporates and subsequent integration. I enjoy topics of digital transformation and the leadership of highly innovative teams with a particular focus on growing a business internationally.


Now that digitalisation is increasingly becoming a topic for all businesses from start-up to large corporate, I have decided to start my own blog. Here you’ll find information on productivity topics, quotes about personal and professional efficiency, my reviews of awesome apps I use myself and I am trying to present a few stories that aren’t meant to be too serious too.


In my private life I am married and our home comprises of four children and our dog (an Australian Labradoodle). We are currently living in five different countries and I myself carry a German and an Australian passport. I enjoy sports, in particular football, swimming, tennis and all kinds of outdoor activities and I am passionate about the discovery of great wines.


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