17 Productivity and Work Efficiency Exercises

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Each of us holds the potential to make a unique and powerful contribution to the world. But things like procrastination, perfectionism, poor time management and distractions often limit our ability to do deep, productive work.

Our 17 Productivity & Work Efficiency Exercises (PDF) pack includes a diverse range of science-based techniques for practitioners to help others become more productive and efficient.

It contains 17 evidence-based tools to help others prioritize better, eliminate time wasters, maximize their personal energy, and more. These strategies are scientifically linked with increased confidence, job satisfaction and better work-life balance. Meanwhile, practitioners like you can save time, streamline your practice, and serve your clients more effectively.

$ 47

You will be equipped with the following tools:

  • Deep Work Plan

    Introduce clients to deep work and devise a plan to help them engage in deep work in their own working life.

  • Becoming More Productive by Outsourcing

    Help clients determine why they choose not to outsource work to others with specialized skills and knowledge. a complete career change or if they can change their current role to fit their needs better.

  • Creating a Comfortable Workspace

    Help clients create a more comfortable working environment by analyzing and optimizing their workspace’s physical and psychological characteristics.

  • Detecting Mind Wandering

    Train the ability to detect mind wandering through mindfulness meditation.

  • Eliminate Procrastination

    Help clients identify how their procrastination manifests and reflect on how they can challenge and eliminate it.

  • Energy Drainers and Givers at Work

    Help clients identify the activities and experiences at their work that energize them and those that deplete their energy.

  • Finding a Complementary Partner

    Help clients work more effectively by partnering with people with complementary strengths and skills.

  • Giving Yourself Permission to Make Mistakes

    Help clients reflect on the effects of their perfectionism on productivity in the workplace and explore ways to reduce the negative influence of perfectionism on productivity.

  • Identify & Eliminate Your Workplace Time Wasters

    Help clients improve their work efficiency and productivity by identifying their time wasters and reflecting on ways to eliminate them.

  • Making Important Things More Enjoyable

    Help clients get enjoyment out of important everyday tasks by pairing them with a more gratifying activity.

  • Maximizing the ROI of Your Time

    Help clients analyze how they spend their time at work and identify low return on time investment (ROTI) activities.

  • Personal Energy Restoration Plan

    Help clients devise a personal energy restoration plan to maximize the amount of rest possible during a typical working day.

  • Practicing Essentialism at Work

    Teach clients about essentialism and explore ways of applying it to their professional lives.

  • Priority Dartboard

    Help clients make a visual representation of work tasks based on their relative importance.

  • The 80-20 Way to Productivity

    Help clients understand the 80/20 principle and identify aspects of their work where the principle can be applied to improve productivity and efficiency.

  • The Costs of Perfectionism at Work

    Help clients understand their perfectionism (how it manifests itself, what triggers it), analyze its effects on their life, and then take action to challenge and overcome it.

  • Your Personal Flow Profile

    Help clients create a unique and personal flow profile.

This pack contains the 17 highest-rated productivity & work efficiency tools that our practitioners use for their own development, in coaching, in the workplace, for teaching, or in a therapeutic setting. Each of the tools has been created in collaboration with universities and experts around the world. 

All of the tools are rooted in science, draw from the latest research and insights from the field of productivity, and include references, practical advice, and a detailed description of how to use them.

Download them today to develop coaching expertise, become a better leader, and help others grow.

*Please note that these tools are also included in our Positive Psychology Toolkit.

The following experts create our tools and resources:

  • Alicia Nortje


  • Anna K. Schaffner


  • Claire Vowell


  • Elaine Houston

    B.Sc. (Hons)

  • Gabriella Lancia


  • Heather S. Lonczak


  • Hugo Alberts


  • Jeffrey J. Gaines


  • Jeremy Sutton


  • Jessica Swainston


  • Joshua Bourne


  • Joshua Schultz


  • Lucinda Poole


  • Maike Neuhaus


  • Melissa Madeson


  • Nicole Celestine


  • Oliver Page


  • Tchiki Davis


This product is designed for helping professionals, that is anyone who supports and assists others in achieving their goals and improving their well-being. That could be through teaching, counseling, coaching, mentoring or managing. That means it's suited to coaches, therapists, psychologists, counselors, workplace managers, HR professionals, educators, social workers, medical professionals, and community organizers. It's also suitable for individuals with an interest in personal growth and development.

Yes, of course! While these tools were designed with practitioners in mind, they are written in an accessible way so that anyone can benefit from them.

Upon purchase, you will receive access to a .zip file containing all the tools as PDFs. If you have any difficulty accessing the tools, please contact us at info@positivepsychology.com.

This can vary a lot from one exercise to another. As a general rule, most take around 30 minutes to complete but can take longer if more reflection is required. Some tools take place over a longer period of time, such as a week.

The tools can be adapted for the self, individuals, groups, teams, and different client populations. You are free to use your own experience and expertise to adapt the tools to your own particular scenario.

Yes, but in order to promote good practice, please note that you are advised to use the tools within the boundaries of your professional expertise. For instance, if you are a certified clinician, you are advised to use the training within clinical psychology. Likewise, a school teacher may use the tools in the classroom, but it would not be advisable to use them for clinical populations.

The exercises and interventions aren’t specifically designed for any particular age group, but you can adapt any of them so that they are suitable and age-appropriate.

The vast majority are, yes. Every tool has an icon that indicates whether it has been tested at least once in a scientific study and published in a peer-reviewed journal. We always include references and credits for each tool. The tool developers are academics with scientific and experiential backgrounds.

You’re free to download these tools in PDF format and print them for your personal or professional use, such as in a coaching or classroom setting. You’re not allowed to publish these tools publicly.

Within seven days of your purchase, if you decide that the tools aren’t for you, we’ll be happy to offer a refund.

Absolutely! Send Lucy, our Practitioner Success Manager an email at lucy@positivepsychology.com and she will gladly take care of you. Alternatively, you can call us on 1-424-272-1280 (our working hours are 9am-6pm EST, Monday - Friday). We look forward to hearing from you.


  1. Clare Parsons

    The tools are really helpful. The design is incredibly simple to follow, and the instructions are clear. I used the finding flow activity with a coachee yesterday, which helped them recognize their energy levels in specific tasks.

    Clare Parsons L&D Consultant

  2. Mary Simpson

    These tools are clearly well researched and constructed, with key learnings underpinned by scientific and psychological theory.

    Mary Simpson Teacher and Coach

  3. Kate Halpin

    Interactive tools and worksheets to help drive reflection and conversation during coaching session!

    Kate Halpin Director at Employ for Ability

  4. Adnana Ionescu-Stinga

    I enjoyed all the worksheets, and I think they are very well-structured, well-explained, and full of useful information. I personally enjoyed “Giving yourself permission to make mistakes”, “Eliminate procrastination”, “Personal energy restoration plan,” and “Energy drainers and Givers” the most useful in my practice.

    Adnana Ionescu-Stinga Personal Development Coach

  5. Sarah Murphy

    This set of exercises was comprehensive and is very helpful for many, both professionally and frequently in one’s personal life too. I can see many situations where I can use them within my own team, as well as with private coaching clients. 

    Sarah Murphy Coach and Trainer

  6. Lorette Theron

    I find the 17 Productivity and Work Efficiency Exercises very useful with my coaching clients, and they come to significant insights into their ways of working and how they can change them.

    Lorette Theron Industrial Organisational Psychologist

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