“Startlingly Impressive”- Marcello Recommends: “Folding Time” by Productivity Expert, Neen James

How to achieve twice as much in half the time.”  Sounds pretty good right?  Almost sounds too good to be true, actually.

Well, if you’re Neen James, or one of her clients, or one of the fortunate few whose company was wise enough to tap into her brilliance, you already know that efficiency and productivity are well within the realm of possibility.

Neen’s latest book is about being accountable for our time, engaging our attention and leveraging our energy.”  It provides tested systems and processes that can enable you to enjoy a better quality of life, grow your business, advance your career, enjoy deeper relationships, build your reputation, increase your personal profile, and have the pleasure of reconnecting with friends, colleagues and family members.

Neen, who I’m grateful to consider a friend, is what you’d call a “super-productive connector” and “thought leader.”  She’s one part Tony Robbins, one part Emily Post, a spoonful of  Grace Kelly and a dash of Oprah all wrapped up into one delectable dish of Aussie fabulous-ness.    She consistently and generously connects like-minded individuals so they can create mutually beneficial opportunities and outcomes.

My mother used to cut out articles that she thought would help me in some way and then mail them over with nice little hand-written note or personally introduce me to influential acquaintances who she thought could be potential mentors.  Neen possesses the same kindhearted forethought and has updated the process with today’s technology.

Folding Time  offers nuggets to those who seek peace of mind and productivity while managing a busy schedule and personal responsibilities.    Like the other books I’ve recommended here on the MMP blog, I thought you’d appreciate her timely affirmations and keen guidance as well.

Below are a few excerpts and concepts covered in Folding Time to whet your appetite;




“The most productive people I know do less, not more… but they do more of the things that matter to them. ”

“Be active, not busy.”

“Schedule activity, recovery and re-energy.  Maximum capacity requires forward planning.”

“Learn how to say “no” nicely.”

“15 minutes is the true secret to productivity.”

6 minute theory- “If you invest 10% of every hour you will maximize the remaining 90% of that hour.”

Concentrate on long-term goals and focus on short-term results.”

Not too many people can give you an hour anymore, “Host a tele-coffe or tele-cocktails.

Surround yourself with VIPs (Very Inspiring People) and eliminate VDPs (Very Draining People) from your life.  VIPs  can be friends, family members or business colleagues who are impressive to you, who inspire you to do better.  Spending time with VIPs motivates and invigorates you and ultimately accelerates your productivity.”

Conscious Celebration theory:   “We always have time to do what matters.”

Make happiness and joy a priority.” – via Kim Woodsworth

“Workout when you wake up.  Get it done early.  No interruptions, no excuses– do it.”

Associate your bed with sleep– Experts will tell you the only activities that belong in bed are sleep and sex.   It’s not a good idea to use your bed to watch TV, listen to the radio or read excessively.    Do not bring work to bed. ”

“Listen with your eyes.” –  The invaluable lesson her neighbor, Donovan, taught her when he was only 5 years old.

“Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year- and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade. ”  – via Tony Robbins







Impressive Aussie- Marcello Recommends: Secrets of Super Productivity by Neen James

Secrets of Super-Productivity by Neen James

A few weeks ago I attended a private business conference in Indianapolis. It’s an annual gathering that’s kinda like a Dead Poet’s Society for special event entrepreneurs. One of the featured presenters at this multi-day event was  productivity expert, Neen James, from Australia.

Not only did she offer sage advice with regard to personal and professional efficiency, she totally owned a room that was filled with 40 alpha-male control freaks who can be very unforgiving if you don’t bring your A-game.

I can’t share specific details from that particular presentation, but I can at least refer you to her public book release, Secrets of Super-Productivity: How To Achieve Amazing Things In Your Work Life. Neen graciously sent me a signed copy in a  very impressive follow-up package after the conference.   It read like a modern version of How To Win Friends and Influence People.   James touches on everything from task prioritization, the importance of social surroundings, continuing education, financial fundamentals and general wellness tips.

Secrets of Super-Productivity would make a great gift for anyone you know who is old enough to read and who’ll eventually be on their own someday.   Like the ability to balance a check book and display simple social graces, I firmly believe that the gospel of Neen should be standard fodder for school curriculums everywhere. SOSP is also a great investment for the successful professional who likes or needs a little  reminder of what got them to the top and more importantly… how to stay there.

Here are a few excerpts to whet your appetite:

Neen James

“Stop trying to manage time and learn how to make time.

“…The other thing most people overlook is the need to schedule time before and after each meeting to prepare and complete follow-up activities… Jason and I had a ‘decompression session‘ after each day of educational content in order to digest what we learned, discuss implementation strategies and just to chat about anything else BUT business in order to avoid information-overload.

“Many people have a tendency to want to keep e-mails.  Set yourself some guidelines for what you want to keep and delete the rest once you have read or actioned them.” Jason @soundconnectdj recently tweeted:  ‘WOW.  Just hit 10,000 unread emails.‘    It’s good to be busy and in demand, but I think JJ needs a little Neen-inspired Delete Key session.

“Make an appointment with yourself for the first of January every year to reflect on the year that was and the year to come. My friends know that I’m usually on a plane to Costa Rica at the beginning of each New Year.  The reflection begins on take-off and evolves into a month of introspection and rejuvenation.  11 years ago I read that mandatory sabbaticals yield significant results for CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, it’s been a part of MMP’s annual playbook ever since.

Sleep is vital for renewing body and mind and yet we often forfeit sleep time so we can do other activities.”  ..  “The important thing is to discipline yourself to get a good night’s sleep and  rise early so that you can make the most of every day.”

“You will feel more in control of your life when your home is a retreat rather than an obstacle course or a constant reminder of things that need doing!  Spend some time spring-cleaning… remove the clutter, tidy problem areas, create storage solutions and eliminate the mess.”

Connect with Neen on Linkedin, Twitter, & Facebook or visit her online productivity store for additional resources & booking information.mp

*Editor’s note:  I still get choked up every time I see that scene from Dead Poets.  🙂

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