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Uptime: A Practical Guide to Personal Productivity and Wellbeing (Hardcover)

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Google’s Executive Productivity Advisor offers insights on how to make the “new way of work” work for you, providing actionable steps to optimize your productivity, accomplish more, prevent burnout, and cultivate a harmonious work-life balance.

Every day, tens of thousands of Google employees, from executives to interns, rely on Laura Mae Martin’s tips and best practices for how to make the most of their time. Now, with Uptime, Laura brings her unique approach to productivity and well-being to anyone who wants to be more effective and experience “calm accomplishment,” whether at work, at school, or in their own personal lives.

Laura began her Google career in sales but quickly carved out a niche for herself as a productivity expert. For more than a decade, she’s been coaching Google executives and employees on how to achieve a state of “productivity Zen”—a holistic approach to conquering everything from the avalanche of emails in their inboxes to becoming the master of their own calendars and running excellent meetings. Her strategies have been widely adopted by many, including entry-level employees looking to amplify their individual impact, middle managers, and top executives working across global teams.

As many of us have moved to a hybrid environment blending work and home, managing our time efficiently and remaining productive is more important than ever. In Uptime, Laura shows how to thrive no matter where you’re working, giving concrete steps that help you focus on your priorities and keep good systems, routines, and tactics in place.

Uptime explains how to make technology work for you and make “feeling on top of it” your new normal. It’s a blueprint for operating at the highest levels of productivity while enhancing your own personal well-being.

About the Author

Laura Mae Martin is the Executive Productivity Advisor at Google. She coaches Google’s top executives on the best ways to manage their time and energy and sends out a weekly productivity newsletter that reaches over fifty thousand employees. During her thirteen-year tenure at Google, Laura has worked in sales, product operations, event planning, and now executive coaching. She holds a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and three children.

More about Laura and resources from this book can be found at

Praise For…

“Whether you’re a parent, an executive, an entrepreneur, or a student, this book offers timely and timeless tools to make the most out of your precious time. Through concrete tactics and practical routines, Laura Mae Martin guides you toward achieving ‘productivity Zen’—the perfect balance between accomplishment and calm.”  — Greg McKeown, author of the New York Times bestsellers Essentialism and Effortless

“Working with Laura was eye-opening to me—she taught me how to manage my productivity using features, shortcuts, and best practices. She actually brought joy back to working through my inbox!” — Robert Kyncl, CEO of Warner Music Group

Uptime is a game changer for anyone seeking to maximize their productivity. Laura has a gift for creating and communicating tactics that not only are immediately actionable but also feel exciting to put into practice.”  — Dr. Amantha Imber, host of the How I Work podcast and the bestselling author of Time Wise

“Like our Google Workspace products, Laura’s strategies help individuals and organizations achieve the highest levels of productivity. Uptime highlights accessible methods to reach your full potential and is a must-read guide for everyone to benefit from the wisdom she’s been sharing with Googlers for years.”  — Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud

“Want to elevate your life to the next level? Look no further than Uptime. I’ve been coached by Laura, and her approach is nothing short of transformative. Get your hands on this book, and you’ll discover how to be your best self—without the burnout.”  — Jim Lecinski, professor of marketing at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management

Uptime offers terrific and practical tips that allow you to keep your personal and professional life running at top form. Readers will discover a new way of working that maximizes their productivity and allows them to relax, refresh, and recharge during downtime. This book is for anyone looking to balance productivity and well-being.”  — Jonathan Rosenberg, former SVP of Products at Google and the New York Times bestselling coauthor of Trillion Dollar Coach

Uptime is an eminently practical guide to reclaiming your time and peace of mind. Inboxes are never-ending by nature; Laura Mae Martin will show you how to strategically design your days to free yourself from the riptides of reactive work.”  — Jenny Blake, Webby-nominated podcaster and author of Free Time

Product Details
ISBN: 9780063317444
ISBN-10: 0063317443
Publisher: Harper Business
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2024
Pages: 240
Language: English