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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Jim McCullen has developed a method for keeping control of your email inbox. Using Microsoft Outlook, Jim walks the reader through setting up a few simple views and other settings to make your Inbox sit up and behave. I have been using Jim's methodology for several years now and I am hooked. I can't control the flood of email at work without it. My biggest problem was not having a clear guide to setting it all up. This ebook is the answer.

I am really glad Jim took the time to write this book. It is nice to have all the step-by-step instructions with pictures to verify I have it done right. Working very closely with the Getting Things Done theory by David Allen, the Control You Day system sets Outlook up in a way to work for you, instead of just becoming a pile of rotting, outdated, guilt-ridden email. Before implementing Control Your Day, my email Inbox had thousands of unread or unactioned emails, nagging at me to do something. Today? My Inbox is zero, with everything actioned, filed or planned. It takes a little getting used to, but the results are so worth it. Take the time to read the book and give it a try. I bet you'll be glad you did.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Upon finishing this book, I implemented Jim's system immediately. Using a logical and sound processing system, he details clearly how to use MS Outlook as a productivity tool that can save time, increase productivity, and eliminate stress.

After just a few days of using the CYD system, I saw drastic improvements in my productivity and organization. No longer am I reading the same e-mail 4-5 times only to defer action again later that day, week or month. CYD helps you organize and retrieve e-mails, reminders, calendar events and other files in a way that ensures information will not be overlooked and it will be retrieved at the right time and place.

I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to improve their ability to control their inbox and their life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
When I happened upon David Allen's GTD system I thought I'd arrived. Much angst followed. Paper, apps, systems - tried them all (well nearly!) - but always got caught up in the fact that I was limited in the workplace to what I could access - and I kept coming back to the fact that much of my work flowed through email - and therefore in my corporate world through MS Outlook. And, then I found Control Your Day. Put simply this book gives you the tools to implement GTD through outlook. It works - so get it and start getting things done.

Two important points that I'd make about the book. Firstly, if you like following instructions then this is the book for you. Top to toe instructions, detailed and clear. Secondly, if you like prompts that get you thinking as to how you can adapt a system to your own workflow then this is the book for you too. I live in the second camp - and to some extent my system is quite different from that described - but I can hand on heart honestly say I wouldn't have reached this destination without the tools described in Control Your Day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
After reading just the first half of this book, I couldn't wait to get to work the next day. I immediately deleted 10 folders and substituted with 4 categories. It was a great improvement right there. Beyond the intended benefit of making you more organized, the book gives you the opportunity to change your mindset and think about what you do in a different way.

Then I came home and saw that my personal e-mail was entirely different. It's not task oriented, but personal interest and people oriented. Yet I was able to re-think now, using the skills from McCullen's book to re-arrange my personal communications life.

Again, I eliminated folders, substituted categories, and used rules to control my personal inbox. We all get lots of semi-junk e-mail at home, probably more than at work, where it's not really junk, but we've subscribed to this or that list because we might want to read it, or go to that restaurant, or this event.

So the CYD system helps again, in managing that flow. I recommend this book to anyone wanting kick up a notch their productivity at work and their free time at home, removing a layer of stress too. Bottom line, it is a really good Outlook tutorial as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2013
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
If you didn't know it, you will be amazed to know you had the tool to control your time long ago. Just didn't know how to use it!
!CYD, a must have for the compulsive emailer, the corporate executive and the all time procrastinator as myself.
Gives a very straight forward guide on how to setup your outlook for maximum control of your tasks derived form mails and self imposed task as well.
The dashboard structure proposed is great. All important to-does on single view. But most of all, it gives you 'Order' to your mail and prioritizes responses and followups. You'll love it.
And yes, you'll sweat in the beginning, but it is worth every minute you assign to this important task: "my time".
Jim's videos are self explanatory and very useful too. Thank you for them Jim.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Good book. easy to read. opened my eyes to new ways of using Outlook. I plan to start implementing the methods at work in the near future. Worth the 5 or 10 dollars I paid for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2015
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
"Control Your Day" has certainly helped me stay on top of my emails, and I get plenty. The clear, careful instructions on how to set-up virtual search folders in Outlook are very helpful. The use of search folders can be applied to other tasks as well besides those described here. The instructions in Control Your Day are very detailed, and a few hiccups might be encountered along the way, but Jim McCullen is very responsive in providing whatever help you may be need. He also has a web-site and some free resources that supplement and summarize the book, but you'll want the book. I refer back to it when I want to make some adjustments to my set-up to improve efficiency.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2015
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Have been a David Allen GTD fan for years but just couldn't figure out how to efficiently apply the concepts in MS Outlook. I just recently stumbled on Jim's book and can honestly say I think Jim's system is the best I've seen (and I have tried many). Setup my Outlook today the CYD way and on the road to better email and work management. This book is a low cost great investment - don't hesitate. Thanks Jim McCullen for coming up with a great system and for sharing it with the rest of us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2014
Format: Paperback
Jim has listed extremely efficient strategy to make use of existing build in features within outlook. There is no additional software required to implement GTD. Since reading this book, I have implemented the CYD and I cannot believe how much this had helped me to reduce stress my day to day work. There is no more overwhelming inbox!
Jim is also very helpful assisting any question/concerns; there is also videos demonstrating step by step.

Highly recommend this purchase!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I have read the book and currently am in the process of implementing fully. However few steps (automatic email tagging and categorizing) already allow me to express more control over what's happening in my inbox.

Overall GTD is a great methodology, but some practical application that we could use in todays digital world was missing. 'Control Your Day' is there to fill in the gap. And I feel very thankful to Jim for writing this book and making my life more organized.
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