Thursday, April 7, 2016

Virtual Book Tour for The Productivity Book by Michael Brecht

The Productivity Book
by Michael Brecht


GENRE: Non-fiction/time management



Ever wondered what the secret is to productivity? Here’s a hint: there isn’t just one. Introducing the Doodle Productivity Book! Containing in-depth interviews with 30 of the world’s top productivity & time management experts, this book lifts the lid on the industry’s best kept tips and tricks. The result? An engaging and practical guide that will help you find your natural pace, so you can work smarter—not harder.



Excerpt Two:

Quote Jason Womack:

What do you think the next productivity trend will be?

Within 10 years, we’re going to have more free time thrust upon us than ever before. We’ll look back and say, “I didn’t see it coming.” The “it” that I’m talking about is the everyday automation of tasks and activities that currently take time to do every day. Your car will automatically refuel itself when power gets low. Your refrigerator will automatically re-order (and schedule delivery for) what you run out of as you need it. Your children will come home with a fully customized dashboard they plug in to study just what they need for the test they are preparing to take. The ways and places that the things we have to do today will disappear and result in HOURS a day of free time. My fear is that this will overwhelm and then depress hundreds of thousands of people.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I am a serial entrepreneur, have more than twenty years of experience in IT and Digital Media and have held several international leadership positions in Europe and AustralAsia.

Since the beginning of 2014 I am CEO of Doodle – the world’s favourite online scheduling tool. Together with my fantastic team we have integrated Doodle into the Digital Portfolio of Tamedia AG, Switzerland’s largest media company. Our focus is to grow the business into a global application while strengthening its product offerings and continuing its successful monetisation. Doodle AG is a highly profitable business with offices in Zurich and Berlin.

My experience ranges from founding a start-up to various exits to multi-national corporates and subsequent integration. I enjoy topics of digital transformation and the leadership of highly innovative teams with a particular focus on growing a business internationally.

Now that digitalisation is increasingly becoming a topic for all businesses from start-up to large corporate, I have decided to start my own blog. Here you’ll find information on productivity topics, quotes about personal and professional efficiency, my reviews of awesome apps I use myself and I am trying to present a few stories that aren’t meant to be too serious too.

In my private life I am married and our home comprises of four children and our dog (an Australian Labradoodle). We are currently living in five different countries and I myself carry a German and an Australian passport. I enjoy sports, in particular football, swimming, tennis and all kinds of outdoor activities and I am passionate about the discovery of great wines.


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Interview with Michael Brecht
As a kid did you write or make up stories?

Yes I did, I loved dreaming my own stories and indeed, a few times I started my own books, but never finished them. The first book that I actually published was a children’s book in Australia, written by primary school kids and their stories about the Australian Bush-Life.

Where does most of your Character inspiration come from?

Our Productivity Book gives you an insight into the minds of 30 productivity experts who have to overcome hurdles themselves every day. We went straight to the source: We wanted to open a window into the day of their lives and discover their personal approaches from sunrise to sunset. We received answers that are often nuanced, often personal and always undeniably focused.

Do some qualities of your characters come from real people?

See above

What was the inspiration for your book?

Our book is unique as it provides real value through input from 30 time management experts and my own advice. It is practical, helps in a very concrete way reflect your daily habits and the feedback we have received so far is tremendous with many readers thanking us for all these recommendations. The fun factor is that many of the 30 productivity experts have the same routines, say in the morning or while facing tough challenges. So becoming more productive is really feasible for everyone out there and it gives me great pleasure to state this as a possibility for everyone.

What is your favorite spot to write?

The Beach.

What advice would you give budding writers?

Enjoy what you do, stay true to yourself and never give up.



Michael Brecht will be awarding 5 Doodle Premium Accounts for Free to randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. Best of luck to you and your book!!

  2. This sounds like exactly what I need for my business.

    Good luck with your book. I'm wishing you a ton of success!

  3. I enjoyed reading the interview and the excerpt! This book sounds like such an interesting read. Looking forward to checking out this book.