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Update: About 6 months after winning this contest, in an unrelated event, I was approached by Wiley Publishing and invited to “write the book” on productivity for their Secrets series. Personal Productivity Secrets: Do what you never thought possible with your time and attention, and regain control of your life! was released in paper and electronic formats in May of 2012, and in audio format in June of 2013!

Well, the votes are in and thanks to all the wonderful support from my friends, clients, and colleagues, my book proposal was selected as the winner in the Business Book Pitchfest, sponsored by Networlding and Crowdspring.  I am truly humbled by the support and grateful to every person who voted for me.  I’m excited to put my work together in a productivity book, and about the opportunities for new partners, customers, and directions that a published book could bring.

I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me, and first is deciding to self-publish (with a small boutique publisher) or pitch to an agent or a large publishing house.  I look forward to learning about the publishing industry, and if you have any insight for me, I would be very grateful for you to share your wisdom with me.  Please contact me directly at maura at regainyourtime dot com.

A short description of the productivity book-in-process is below, and I’d also love to hear from you if you have specific challenges or areas of interest related to this topic, that you would like to see addressed in the book.  Would you read this?

Book-in-Process:  Control Your Attention, Control Your Life:  Succeeding in the Attention Age

Summary:

Change is upon us.  Technology is evolving faster than ever before, and the sheer volume of information to manage is staggering. Digital Convergence is changing the way we communicate and learn. Although technology evolves very quickly, our brains evolve very slowly, and the rapid advance in technology over the last 40 years is shaping that evolution. It is literally rewiring our brains. The old ideas of multitasking and time management in the “Information Age” are being replaced by new ideas of focus and the Attention Age. The secret of productivity, of getting things done, of living the life we want now comes down to the ability to manage our attention. This goes way beyond time management, and it’s much more complicated than a calendar and an address book, or even the latest gadget or app. It requires greater knowledge of how our brains work, an understanding of the demands on our attention, and a rich, but uncomplicated, arsenal of behaviors, techniques, and technology.  This book will contain step-by-step instructions to learn to control attention by effectively managing the details of a busy life (commitments, communication, and information), discussing not only a behavioral methodology but also incorporating paper, PC, Mac, handheld, and cloud-based solutions.

I’d love to hear from you.  Thanks for reading, and for voting!

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