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The 25 Best Time Management Tools & Techniques: How to Get More Done Without Driving Yourself Crazy [Kindle Edition]

Pamela Dodd , Doug Sundheim
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A no-fluff, easy-to-read compilation of the best advice from the top 20 time management books. Recommendations cover five areas: Focus, Plan, Organize, Take Action, and Learn. Short chapters cover the A to Z of time management from finding out what time means to you to prioritizing, overcoming procrastination, and managing stress and well being. Read the book from start to finish or zero in on specific areas for improvement. The book includes a useful annotated bibliography and bonus sections on recommended books on being successful and how to buy books for much less.


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Clear, focused, full of action-oriented suggestions. This is THE new management reference guide!! -- Andrea Nierenberg, author of Nonstop Networking, New York, NY

Doug and Pam clearly spell out the foundations of success and take people exactly where they need to go. -- Michael J. Brathwaite, Executive Director, Business Network International for New York City, NY

This book is contemporary, practical, and well researched. A priceless guide to smarter, better business and living. -- Alastair Rylatt, author of Winning the Knowledge Game, Sydney, Australia

From the Publisher

There are many reasons why this book won a "Fresh Voices of 2006" award from the Writer's Marketing Association. It's not only well-written; it also covers the broad topic of time management in a practical, useful way. If you've ever been confused about how to tackle your time management issues, this book can definitely help.

Product Details

  • File Size: 820 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Peak Performance; 1 edition (December 15, 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001L1RCYY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,569 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall a Well Written Book and Worth a Read July 18, 2006
Format:Paperback
No matter how well you manage time, this book will make you better at managing time and return your investment many times over.

You get the benefit of the top twenty books on time management in one easy to read book. The authors took an interesting approach to writing this book. They started by reading the Amazon.com customer reviews for over 40 time management books. Then they bought and read the top 20 of these books. The key points from these books were then summarized as 25 clearly described tools and techniques and grouped into five areas of focus:

* Determine what is really important to you.

* Manage your plans to get results.

* Organize your living and work spaces.

* Manage your actions.

* Implement continuous improvement.

Each of these five areas has a brief description of what is to be covered. Within each area the relevant tools and techniques are concisely described so that you can put what you have learned into action immediately.

The simplicity of this book is a distinct benefit - the book is easy to read and the techniques are succinctly presented - preventing the reader from getting lost in the details and hence never addressing their time management issues. Anyone looking to get a handle on time management issues has immediate access to proven concepts and tools for changing what they are doing now.

For those wishing more information on a particular tool or technique, the authors reference specific books or provide directions where this additional information can be found. Generally this works well. However, I was disappointed on one occasion. In the section on creating a vision, I would have liked to see examples of vision statements rather than being referred to another book.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book That Can Change The Way You Look At Life... October 18, 2006
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Format:Paperback
When I first picked up this "Time Management" book, I thought it would be just that - a simple time management book. HOWEVER, it turned out to be a book about changing your life and the way you look at it!

The reason is because Pam outline the EXACT steps necessary to take control, manage, (and have fun!) in every part of your life. From getting clear on exactly what your PURPOSE and VALUES are in life, to managing external factors like your schedule and activities.

But, in my opinion, the best part of this book were the chapters on getting clear about who you are. Not metaphorically or any 'woo-woo' type stuff like that. But really pragmatically and in a step-by-step fashion. I never thought having a vision, defining your values, and setting goals could be so logical and easy to understand. Yes, there is definitely an emotional factor to it (as Pam explains in the book), but she goes further in explaining the exact step by step method of setting goals, a vision, and plan for your life that is importan to you! That you feel great about!

If there's a huge takeaway from this book, it's the ordered steps Pam gives you on managing YOU and your TIME. Putting a value on your time.

Take the money away - you can get that back. Take the time away - and it's gone forever. This book is an essential read on how to make the most of your TIME...and thus your life!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have foundation for anyone in business February 25, 2006
Format:Paperback
"The 25 Best Time Management Tools & Techniques" brings its readers the value of a workshop that might cost hundreds of dollars.

Authors Dodd and Sundheim take the best of the best ideas in one, easy to access volume organizing the material into five sections:

Focus

Plan

Organize

Take action

Learn

Read this book with paper and pencil in hand so you can do the work and get on track. Easy to follow direction guides you to the basic steps of getting clear about how you want to spend your time.

The instruction in this book is rich with resources and life experiences. You don't have to reinvent the wheel or read a stack of books to get what you need. If you're going to read one book, this is a top choice. If you want more, the resources in the appendix make it easy to put your hands on what's next. There's even a section about "how to buy books for (much) less."

The advice given in this book is geared for business and covers a lot of ground from planning and communicating, to keeping your desk clean (and why that's important). It's a great book for anyone wanting to move up in the business world, building a home based business (including network marketing!), or starting in a new work environment. I recommend this book HIGHLY as a gift for college grads that are embarking on a journey into the work place.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Title DOES fit the content! April 2, 2006
Format:Paperback
The 25 Best Time Management Tools and Techniques How to Get More Done Without Driving Yourself Crazy. Wow that is an ambitious title. That is what I thought when I first started this book but once I started reading it I knew the title fit. If you have read books time management or just all the tips in every magazine you come across and you still feel like time gets away from you this ebook will help you make you life more manageable. It is simple, easy to read and it gives concrete time management techniques. More importantly, however, it shows you how to apply it to your own life. Most time management books give you tips on how to make lists and plan your day but this book takes it one step further - it explains how take action on those plans and how to learn from your mistakes if your plans are not effective. "25 Best" takes you through the process of overcoming procrastination, learning to say no, delegating appropriately, and how to communicate strategically so you can get more out of the time you have.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
this book was suppose to be a textbook for a class so i don't have much to say about it but it does have some good tips that i will utilize in the future.
Published 11 months ago by Jacqui Engels
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - highly recommend
Excellent Cliff's notes on time management. I was looking for something of a checklist to hit the high points and give me a few pointers as a refresher. Read more
Published on October 14, 2010 by Jackie Fine
1.0 out of 5 stars Simply awful
I'm not sure if this book has a single original thought. The authors flaunt the fact that they used Amazon. Read more
Published on September 14, 2010 by J. Fernandez
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read but you will need to dig deeper
This book is some type of a summery of other time management books.
if you do not like to read long books or do not have the time to you may consider reading this book you... Read more
Published on June 21, 2009 by M. Mousa
5.0 out of 5 stars Simplicity At It's Best!
In a word, simple. After all, in the end, when you've really nailed down the things that work-the things that make the biggest difference- it's often the most simple methods in... Read more
Published on February 28, 2009 by Vincent Harris
1.0 out of 5 stars Unless you truly are desperate, this is not a book to spend money on
Twenty-five best time management tools and techniques? I'd say there are about four here. Number 17, for example is about a half-page: "Take risks." Thanks, very informative. Read more
Published on October 12, 2008 by Jim Teague
5.0 out of 5 stars Simplicity makes it perfect!
It is very simple guide that covers almost all critical time management tools and techniques. The level of simplicity shows that the writers are great masterminds of the subject. Read more
Published on September 1, 2008 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect ,Quick and Easy Guide !!
I recommended it !! I like much no need over 300 page for good guide. Also it come with appendices for buy a book and some recommended books! Is concise and direct to point !
Published on June 16, 2008 by JR
2.0 out of 5 stars The 25 Best Time Management Tools & Techniques
I was not impressed with the value of the ideas in this book. Very basic information that most people already know. Read more
Published on March 3, 2008 by William Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for professionals and students alike!
Tired and stressed? I understand! I work full time and go to school full time. With this on my plate, I certainly need the help this book offers! Read more
Published on January 29, 2008 by M. H.
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I can there is one section of this book that has an effect on my life: Chapter 3: Identify Your Values. Going through the exercise was extremely beneficial and allowed me to create a vision statement that I hold true to this day, allowing it to affect my everyday decisions. Great job!
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