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Achieving stress free productivity, is it feasible??!!


Dr. Mona Abdel-Halim

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Life styles these days are getting so hectic with too many responsibilities and tasks to finish in all aspects of life. We all spend our days rushing between work demands, family demands and personal demands. Now what is the result? A stressed tired body and an exhausted mind and many tasks that are missed and unaccomplished. No doubt that this stressful life style will eventually affect our productivity. Isn't there a way to achieve a stress free productivity?

The answer is YES. It all starts by self organization and self management. My husband, a businessman, and I were lucky to come across the books of David Allen; "Getting Things Done" and "Making It All Work". They are really transformational books. They explain the importance of having a stress free relaxed mind in order to achieve your maximum productivity and creativity both as regards work, family life and personal life so that you avoid wearing yourself down.

The books teach you how to capture all the things that have your attention, and how to organize these things into actionable and non actionable things. They also teach you how to proceed with the non-actionable things and how to plan for the actionable things. You will find yourself gradually becoming organized. Projects (work related or family related) will be clear in front of you with well planned steps to achieve them placed in your calendar. You will find also actions being deferred or delegated. The more you absorb the system, the more you will not feel anxious, stressed or overwhelmed, and the more you will become productive. Interestingly enough, several applications based on these books are now available to download on your smart phone, iphone or ipad making the system accessible in your hands as a tool to organize your life.

"Making It All Work", in particular, unlocks the full power of these methods and teaches you confidently how to take charge of everyday commitments and how to relate them with your life goals and vision.

I would highly recommend that you all read these two books, they are really inspirational. I am sure they will positively influence all aspects of your lives including your work as dermatopathologists facing loads and loads of slides to report on, difficult cases to think about, lectures to prepare, cases to present, students and juniors to teach and above all families to take care of and a personal life not to neglect.
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Dr. Phillip McKee

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I would have liked to have read these books many years ago. Mind you, if you are very obsessive/compulsive as I am, it would probably not have helped me. As for delegation!! I have always had to redo the work myself.
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Robledo F. Rocha

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I’ve appreciated your reading recommendation, Mona. I’ll read them as soon as I finish “Try and make me! Simple strategies that turn off the tantrums and create cooperation” and achieve progress with my two children.
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Mark A. Hurt MD

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Mona,

I have started listening to these books, them I am going to [i]read [/i]them. They are fascinating so far, and I think will help me with organizational processes. Many thanks for your recommendation.

MAH
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Dr. Richard Carr

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I think I need shooting - I have a zillion unfinished projects but I was thinking that was normal! If it helps my golf handicap I will give it a go. Delegate to the (far) better half to order them as well! It often costs me a lot of money for example I tried to register for the ISDP meeting 90 minutes before the 500 euro deadline (UK time) but I suspect they are using Italian time because it was already unaccessible and the following day it was 600 euro! (but I say well it is only money!)
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Dr. Richard Carr

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Thinking about it I now feel stressed - off to the gym with the lovely (other half) now. Always break up your day!
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