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Get-It-Done Guy’s 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More, by Stever Robbins ISBN 978-0-312-66261-5

I have read a lot of self help books and this one is arguably one of the best. In short it is practical, easy to read and generally related to where I am in life! Stever Robbins has tackled a topic that most of us have struggled with, how to work less, yet at the same time do more, or at least more of the right things. The quick and dirty summary of the nine steps are as follows:

1. Live on purpose
2. Stop procrastinating
3. Conquer Technology
4. Beat distractions to cultivate focus
5. Stay organised
6. Stop wasting time
7. Optimise
8. Build stronger relationships
9. Leverage.

What makes it easy to read is that there is a logical progression between steps and the author’s unique sense of  humour, which adds interest to the journey, though I’m not sure how zombies fit in. In seeking to assess how this book has affected me, I suppose the biggest impact is simply in terms of more tools for my tool bag, which I can use myself or make available for those I support and counsel. Knowing who we are what we want to achieve in life is crucial to all that follows, and sadly so many that I talk to have never sorted this out.

I resonated with many of the concepts shared but the most challenging was the third step on conquering technology. It was great to be reminded that I am not the only person who wastes an inordinate amount of time trying to get technology to work for me and not me work for it! Like many others I swallowed the lie that said computers, voicemail and mobile phones would give me more freedom and help me to work less but all too often I find they make me work more. Robbins’ approach to this, when coupled with his suggestions of how to stay focused and organised will hopefully revolutionise my office practices, if I can just get round to starting them! OK maybe I need to re-read the chapter on procrastinating…

Finally, the section on relationships and how to intentionally develop them was excellent, as were the suggestions for resolving conflict. The fact is relationships are central to everything, especially if they can help you work less and do more.

Great book, now all I have to do is apply it and “get it done’!

10 comments to Get-It-Done Guy’s 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More, by Stever Robbins ISBN 978-0-312-66261-5

  • I agree, Padre. Not only is Stever’s style easy to follow, but his ideas are actually useful and easy to implement, which is a nice change from other self-help-type books. Best of luck in applying those new “tools.”

  • Hi Ian. Thanx for visiting my blog. I received my copy of Get It Done Guys a couple of weeks ago, the book is gathering dust in the bookshelf right now. I really need to read the book and implement the ideas outlined in it – in my life 🙂 Am really disorganized. Would be much more productive if I structure my work routine.
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  • Hi Ian – “Stop procrastinating” – really hits home with me. I’ve seen it so many times with people and I even used to be a culprit myself. I then bought a book by Jack Canfield which emphasized the importance of taking action, and now I run my own website as a result. I think if I could give anyone advice in this department, it would be that you really have to just get on with it and take action. You will be amazed what you can achieve when you actually do.
    Thanks for the good read.

    All the best
    Bill Jenkins

  • Ian

    Yes, I too have struggled with procrastination and I just need reminders every now and then to stop me falling back into the habit. Well done for taking action.

  • Amiel Sac

    Stay organised

    Wow. This really is something that many tend to miss out. After all, its really hard to stay organized amidst all the pressures we’re dealing with. But really, this really has tremendous benefits. I can attest to that

    Amiel "the marriage therapist"

  • Ian

    Yes, I too find it a constant challenge to stay organised, but my time management skills are improving.

  • Great words. Thanks for sharing. The most difficult thing to overcome for me is procrastinating.

  • Ian

    The key for me has been to try not to think about it – just do it – start quickly and work out the finer details as I go along.

  • Hey, thanks for posting these. I’ve definitely got to agree with the first 2 on the list as well: find a purpose and then don’t procrastinate doing it! You’ll just drag it out longer and lose focus. If you really want something in life, go for it, and go for it with your all!


  • Ian

    Hi Danielle,

    Procrastination is one of those things that every time you think you’ve got on top of it… it catches up with you again. An Nike says… just do it!

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