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

Jim McCullen
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Book Description

Struggling with email management? Is your Inbox out of Control? Control Your Day is a new and better way to manage your email using Microsoft Outlook. The system incorporates many of the productivity concepts made famous by David Allen in his book Getting Things Done (GTD). The author provides additional support through a website and Youtube videos. Download the book today to take back control of your Inbox.

Note: the concepts in the book apply to Microsoft Outlook for Windows or Mac. They do not apply for outlook.com, but I am working on some workarounds to apply some of the concepts to the web version of Outlook.


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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Allen, the Control You Day system sets Outlook up in a way to work for you, instead of just becoming a pile of rotting, outdated, guilt-ridden email.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: 1031 KB
  • Print Length: 116 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stone River Solutions, LLC.; 2 edition (January 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B39SN0Q
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! January 21, 2013
By Jeff M
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Corporate GTD! February 4, 2013
By azepby
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good e-mail dashboard November 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely efficient strategy January 1, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tool to get the life more organized 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IT Pro using CYD and GTD to stay on top and in control December 14, 2013
By R. Oden
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book as I knew I needed a better way to manage my Outlook. I implemented GTD into almost every other aspect of my life but wasn't happy about my Email management. By using Jim's methods I was able to easily control the massive amount of System Alerts, Vendors, My team, Managers, and everything that is sent throughout the company. Its helped me see what I really need to be seeing and better visibility for what attention an email needs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Used it immediately at home and at work
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. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Mike Shaw
3.0 out of 5 stars need to fix mac bugs
Difficult to navigate between my Mac and Exchange folders from my desk top. Very frustrating and makes it difficult to manage. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Heather G
4.0 out of 5 stars worthwhile book
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.
Published 3 months ago by MichaelS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Every aspect seems covered for Outlook/email daily, weekly and yearly management. Some things can be flexible because of the search folders implementation. It's highly recommended.
Published 4 months ago by Diego Yglesias
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific way to manage the Inbox monster
Jim's book provides a well thought out and clear guide to putting some of the Getting Things Done principles into your Inbox. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert Dagg
3.0 out of 5 stars A good start
This may not be the best book if you already have a good system in place in outlook. The way the book is structured is not very smooth and it could use a walkthrough of how a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jon
5.0 out of 5 stars Reccommend Highly!
This book is packed with meaningful information and will certainly help tremendously in making you more organized! I took away a lot of valuable ideas and information.
Published 6 months ago by B Wersel
3.0 out of 5 stars Review of Control Your Day
It was not at all what I expected and did not fit my needs. My day is fine - I needed some guidelines for using the Outlook Email settings
Published 12 months ago by Kaye E Holt
5.0 out of 5 stars Conquer the Work Email Inbox
I heard about this from the GTD Study Group podcast. It is a little detailed to set up, but between reading this book and also watched the accompanying videos on the Youtube... Read more
Published 13 months ago by G. Lee
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More 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 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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