- Author: Dermont Crowley
- Publisher: Wiley
- RRP: Paperback: $22.95
- E-book: $14.99
As Dermot Crowley points out in the book, most of us are busy and find it a struggle to fit everything into our working week and still find time to have a life. Most of us are guilty of allowing our schedules to fill up with ‘noise’ (non-important meetings/tasks/emails) at the expense of our core functions. It is this noise that Crowley aims to help readers overcome with inexpensive, workable strategies.
He explores the idea of the integrated productivity system, which combines the elements of inputs, actions and outcomes. This then forms the basis for the remainder of the book, with detailed sections on each of the three elements.
Crowley offers simple yet practical tips for taking the hassle out of non-core activities (such as ‘treat your inbox like your letterbox … which is used only to receive letters and not as your document filing system)’.
There probably isn’t anything revolutionary in the book, but it does contain a lot of simple tips that, on reflection, readers might think ‘that makes perfect sense, why didn’t I think of that before’.
Combine these with first-hand examples from both Crowley’s own life as a small business owner as well as those of his coaching clients.
Smart Work is a great read for anyone seeking practical tips to boost productivity, both within their business or job and in their own lives.
With a pragmatic approach and accessible writing tone, it is clear why the likes of Commonwealth Bank, KPMG and other household name brands have engaged the Irish-born Crowley to impart his productivity knowledge and insight.