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Control Your Day: A New Approach to Email Management Using Microsoft Outlook and Getting Things Done Kindle Edition

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5.0 out of 5 stars I have finally tamed the email monster, thanks to this book.
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.

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Allen, the Control You Day system sets Outlook up in a way to work for you, instead of just becoming a pile of rotting, outdated, guilt-ridden email.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.
 
 
5.0 out of 5 stars Corporate GTD!
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.

 
 
 
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful - Makes email simple and efficient
I found the setup and tips in this book very useful. Have have long been guilty of having the "complicated folder system" and not being able to remember which folder I put something. Process emails have become much easier as well. I also have to compliment the author Jim, I had some unique challenges with my corporate outlook settings and he responded to more than one email walking me through the adjustments I needed to make. I would recommend this book to anyone using Outlook who would like to be more effective.


 
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!, January 21, 2013
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.




 

About the Author

Control Your Day is the final result of a work system I have been using and enhancing for the past 5 years. It has allowed me to stay on top of my workload and reduce the time and stress involved in dealing with the daily onslaught of email messages. I hear so many people complaining about how much time they spend trying to stay on top of their email, I truly believe this book can help. I grew up on the east coast of the U.S. and now live and work in Richmond, Virginia with my lovely wife, two boys and our chocolate Lab. I am an avid mountain biker and occasional marathoner. There is a companion site for the book at www.controlyourday.net and videos on YouTube (search for Jim McCullen). I want you to succeed with CYD, if you have any questions, post them on the CYD forum or contact me through the CYD website.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3679 KB
  • Print Length: 116 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stone River Solutions, LLC.; 2 edition (January 18, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 18, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B39SN0Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,692 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Control Your Day is the final result of a work system I have been using and enhancing for the past 5 years. It has allowed me to stay on top of my workload and reduce the time and stress involved in dealing with the daily onslaught of email messages. I hear so many people complaining about how much time they spend trying to stay on top of their email, I truly believe this book can help.

I grew up in Freehold New Jersey and now live and work in Richmond, Virginia with my lovely wife, two boys and 1 chocolate Lab.

There is a companion site for the book at www.controlyourday.net and videos on YouTube (search for Jim McCullen). I want you to succeed with CYD, if you have any questions, post them on the CYD forum or contact me through the CYD website.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DanStratton on January 21, 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 By Jeff M on January 21, 2013
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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 By azepby on February 4, 2013
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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 By Mike Shaw on October 27, 2014
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MichaelS on July 24, 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 4, 2013
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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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