“The secret to feeling and being highly accomplished is to rewire our brain to make intentional high value decision, have very focused attention, and have the sustainable energy to make it all happen.” ~ Kory Kogon, Adam Merrill, Leena Rinne in The 5 Choices: The Path to Extraordinary Productivity

The authors (Kory Kogon, Adam Merrill and Leena Rinne) describe the purpose of this book is to “help you get out from under that gravel, take fresh breath and reclaim your life.” Very well achieved by describing the 5 critical techniques in The 5 Choices – The Path to Extraordinary Productivity, there’s something to learn and implement for all of us who want to streamline work and make our days more productive.

5choicesThere have been many books on productivity and will continue to stream in in future and we need them now than ever before. The practical and workable advice from the experts at FranklinCovey is much needed now in the current state of high multitasking and hyper-connected work culture where more can be done in less time and there’s no end to what can be done. The technologies are empowering us with us with better collaborations, networking and tools to get work done faster, but they are also overpowering us with distractions and to a certain level of tech-addiction. How many times have we all felt that we are working more than ever before but rank ourselves much lower on productivity scale. We’re all busy most of the times, but are we productive? Do we make use of our time in a way that gets work done before the stress of deadlines engulfs us? And most of all, do we truly understand the meaning of being productive?

“The 5 Choices is time management redefined for the twenty-first century: it increases the productivity of individuals, teams, and organizations and empowers you to make more selective, high-impact choices about where to invest your valuable time, attention, and energy.”

Commitment, engagement, productivity are not mere buzzwords, they have a huge impact on employee satisfaction and to an organizations’ bottom line.

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” ~ Paul J. Meyer

These are the 5 choices that which can lead you to excellence in the midst of competing priorities:


I’ll share some thought-provoking questions from the book that might nudge you to answer (which can be highly illuminating):

  • When have you been extraordinary?
  • Do you know the difference between urgent and important?
  • What is my return on the moment?
  • What price are we paying by working on non-important things?

Creating balance is about choice and the journey starts with awareness, the ‘5 choices’ are the fuel to productive action and that’s the beginning of a journey to achievement.

To rise on our own scale of self-worth, to have a satisfying work life and to come home without carrying the work monkey on our backs, the solution is all about being productive in a given amount of time. Maybe we must come up with a new word which combines productivity and satisfaction. The two go hand-in-hand and if we have the good mix of satisfying productivity in our lives, nothing beats that achievement!

I take back from this book a few items that will be on my checklist to implement in the next few months and I have a strong feeling that my productivity ranking is going to shoot up if I am able to implement only 50% of what I aim for.


Know more about the book at: http://www.the5choices.com/