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Want to conquer your e-mail inbox once and for all? Need help getting organized and staying focused? Start listening! Millions of people already benefit from the innovative, time-saving tips that Stever Robbins dispenses each week in his number-one-ranked Get-It-Done Guy podcast. Now he’s come up with a nine-step plan to transform even the most overwhelmed into an overachiever. You will learn to:

  • Beat procrastination by speed dating your tasks: You’ll face anything if it’s just for three minutes; schedule small, finite periods of time for those tasks that seem too overwhelming to get started on.
  • Give your technology a performance review: Our smart phones, PDAs, and computers often make less work in one area while making much more work in others. Review your technology to make sure it’s delivering on its promise.
  • Cut out the small talk: Small talk builds superficial relationships, which is a grand waste of time. Ask better questions to make instant connections that’ll benefit you for years to come.

Written in the uniquely humorous style Stever is known for, Get-It-Done Guy’s 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More will help you break the bad habits slowing you down and holding you back. Work less and do more - your free time is waiting!

©2010 Stever Robbins (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

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Painful to listen to unless you are 20 something

What would have made Get-It-Done-Guy's 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More better?

Less of the quirky personality of the author. He had good points however the delivery method depended on being on his weird wavelength. Injections about things such as zombies to make his point were funny at first, tired in the end.

Would you ever listen to anything by Stever Robbins again?

If his style matures, the book is written to amuse the 20 something crowd.

Would you be willing to try another one of Stever Robbins’s performances?

Not likely that I would spend the time or money.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Get-It-Done-Guy's 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More?

I listened to the book several months ago and just remember feeling, good points but awful delivery. Too many of his personal experiences etc I could not relate with.

Any additional comments?

I commend the guy for trying.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Thanks to your work, now I can't sleep, Stever!

This is a superb audiobook. I listen to many, and do not use effusive praise lightly. I usually listen to audiobooks and podcasts before bed, to help me relax before sleep. Get-it-done-guy is one of my favorites, and the 10 minutes or so usually offered is a great break from my day. Stever tickles my funny bone like he put "make this girl laugh" on his life map. But now that I have so many hours of his humor, all in one place, and it is so good - both well written and educational in a "stop what you're doing and reorganize your life right now" kind of way - how is it that I am supposed to get any sleep? I keep giggling out loud and waking up my husband, who then listens himself and then chuckles so loudly that I still can't sleep, even though husband has stolen the earphones. What the heck!?! Here is the part of the review where I would say that Stever is a cross between "insert business guru here" and "insert comedian's name here", but he is such an original that comparisons are useless. Go get an episode of the podcast. Any will do. If you do not laugh, go buy a "How to get a sense of humor" audiobook instead. If you laugh, or change your life for the better, or - most likely - change your life for the better while figuring out how to invest in the Depends brand so you can listen to more, then you should buy this audiobook. Possible also while buying the hard copy so you can use a highlighter for the good parts. S'what I did, and look how happy I am. Well, except for the not being able to sleep part...

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Listen to some of his Podcasts first

I usually don't write reviews unless I feel I've wasted my money. If you're considering this book, listen to his Podcasts first. I DIDN'T do this, and if I had, I likely wouldn't have bought the audiobook. If you like his podcasts, you'll have a better chance of liking the book.

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  • Timmy
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 10-03-10

My First Audiobook Purchase Well Worth it!

I recently decided to switch over to audiobooks. Lately, I've been finding that I don't really have time for anything. I'm staying late at work just to finish off tasks, and I'm not having much of "me" time or with friends. So I decided to take action and purchase this audiobook. A world I dreamed of was what Stever's first words were. I saw myself with everything he said. I'm really good at procrastinating! Really I am! But i don't want to be! After listening to the audiobook, even I, a really good procrastinator became an action orientated person. I finish tasks even if they attempt to intimidate me with their size. I really recommend this audiobook filled with real life tips. Oh and before I forget, his voice is not monotone or boring. To be honest, in parts it's actually funny because of his Bernese (female) voice impersonation.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Eric
  • Kennesaw, GA, United States
  • 09-25-10

Both useful and humorous

I have listened to several "Get Organized" books and Get-It-Done-Guy's 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More is by far the easiest to listen to. Stever has a way of presenting useful tips and tricks to help you become more productive without making it a bore to listen to. I actually laughed out loud at times while listening!

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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The jokes waste time.

There's is some good practical advice such as finding your purpose and focusing on it; and some very highly unpractical advice such as having a file folder for every day, or writing down frequent arguments with your spouse and writing down the solution for that argument in order to use it on demand. That may work in theory with a robot, but not in real life with a human.
However, the entire book is overshadowed by the author's unsuccessful attempt at humor. He inserts jokes everywhere. The jokes are not funny. His jokes are hyperbolic silly analogies, which could be funny if he limited them to 1 per chapter. However, he uses them very frequently, almost every 2 or 3 sentences. Instead of amusing, they're irritating because they turn into riddles that force the reader to decipher what he is referring to and why it should've been funny. They're very distracting from the point that he is trying to make. The worse part is that they make the book longer than it needs to be without adding any value. He is defeating the purpose of the book which is to save time and add value. The author is not showing respect for the reader's time. This advice is available elsewhere in much shorter and more succinct reads. Save time and skip this book.

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Do not waste your time...it's...just terrible

I can usually find a pearl in any book to make it worth the investment of time...but with this book, not so much. This book is just demeaning to functional human beings. I found myself thinking about the low-funtioning people who read this book, I was frustrated & worse, I was ashamed to think that I could need this amount of guidance to accomplish a task...
...it's just so bad...I can't even do this review justice except to say that you've been warned.

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  • Mark
  • DERBY, United Kingdom
  • 03-12-12

OK

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Didn't teach much new. That said as a first book on the subject it would be ok

If you’ve listened to books by Stever Robbins before, how does this one compare?

no

Did Stever Robbins do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

n/a

What did you take away from Get-It-Done-Guy's 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More that you can apply to your work?

a few organisational tips

Any additional comments?

no

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  • K
  • Australia
  • 01-05-12

Great Book with Great Ideas

If you could sum up Get-It-Done-Guy's 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More in three words, what would they be?

Stever provides 9 Steps to help you get more organised in your life at work and home. <br/>His approach introduces real practical steps combined with humour and wit, to emphasise each of the steps.<br/><br/>The presentations of his ideas are clear and concise and the book is just as relevant for a student in their teens or a leader in business.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Get-It-Done-Guy's 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More?

For me the best lessons from the book relate to the management of email. This is one I think most people could use.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I have listened to this book several times. The first time, at a desk hanging on to every syllable. The other times while exercising.

Any additional comments?

Stever Robbins also delivers the Get-It-Done Guys podcast on the iTunes Store. If you have any doubts about this book, I recommend you listen to the podcast and if his style appeals to you, then get the book.<br/>

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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The BEST practical book about productivity.

- Many practical tips how to work less.
- Amazing performance by Stever with his stories and his jokes.
- Chapter about Leverage is the best.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Sally
  • 11-04-10

Brilliant and funny organising tool!

I have been listening to Stever Robbins, Get It Done Guy's podcasts for the last couple of years and when he announced his book was coming out - I was keen to buy.

Not only does Stever offer practical tips to 'work less and do more' but Stever makes you think about why you currently work the way you do and evaluate where you might be wasting time. He also acknowledges that you don't have to change systems regularly to be effectice.

The style is quirky and humorous, I listened on my walk to and from work and often found myself laughing out loud at the examples.

If you like David Allen and want to be more organised - whether at work or at home then this is the book for you.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful