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Getting Organized: Improving Focus, Organization and Productivity [Kindle Edition]

Chris Crouch
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Book Description

Getting Organized is a collection of simple ideas that address at least six major issues that could be generating chaos and disorder in your life. The ideas are presented in a simple format, with specific suggestions on how to put each idea to work, so busy people can find the time to read and try them.

Even if you've tried unsuccessfully to get organized before, consider reading Getting Organized. You'll find effective solutions to your organizing challenges and will enjoy the benefits for years to come.


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About the Author

Chris Crouch has an impressive background in sales, sales management, training, and as an executive for a Fortune 500 company. However, his passion has always been reading, learning, and teaching. Among other topics, he has spent years researching and studying both the mental and physical aspects of living a more joyful and productive life. His goal is to find simple, easy-to-implement ideas that work in the real world. Chris regularly writes, speaks, and teaches on topics related to workplace productivity. He is president and founder of DME Training and Consulting, author of several books, and the developer of the GO System training course. He currently lives with his wife and youngest daughter in Memphis, Tenn.

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  • File Size: 247 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0975868098
  • Publisher: Dawson Publishing (May 29, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003OIC74W
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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115 of 119 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book to get organized with April 24, 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a very good book to help you get organized. I originally had a three star and changed it to a four star. So many of this book's best elements are also found in David Allen's Getting Things Done. I read Allen's book last year and it knocked my socks off. When I read this, I wasn't as impressed as I would have if I read Crouch's before Allen's (they're both obviously drawing some of the best tidbits from some of the same material that preceded them). They have many, many of the same very helpful tips. The advantage of Crouch's is that is has short digestible chapters. However, an overall approach does not clearly emerge, just a bunch of big and small organizing ideas. An advantage of Allen's is that you get a clear, overarching approach into which all those good tips suggested in these books fit. Allen's chapters are longer, and though very readable, can get a little bogged down compared to Crouch. If I had only one book to buy, I'd get Allen's. However, I'm glad I read Crouch's because it has given me a refresher.

Getting organized is a major issue for many of us (I work two jobs, both of which require me to maintain an office). While one book may do it for some, I strongly believe that major habit changes will more likely come if you really plunge into an area like this. That means reading Crouch's book, Allen's book, and even Julie Morganstern's Organizing from the Inside Out. While Allen and Crouch focus on the office and home office (mail, home files, etc.), Morgenstern also covers garage, basement, closets, etc. I'm serious, to change the way you look at things, you need to read several books and make yourself an "expert." Otherwise, it will be a book you read that you're not likely to act on.

I read them in the order of 1) Allen, 2) Morgenstern and 3) Crouch.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short chapters make this easy to digest June 30, 2008
Format:Paperback
I recently bought both this and Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity in order to stimulate my thinking about how to take charge of my incredibly busy job as a software development manager in an e-commerce company. I manage about 8 people directly and am also the prime facilitator for another project team of about 15 people, half of which are contractors. Like most people, I also have my own work projects and initiatives, as well as huge laundry list of personal items to keep up with.

At first I was a little turned off by the 55 super-short chapters, each of which is 1-2 pages in length and has a "What? So What? Now what?" layout. The writing quality seemed only average, and I was left thinking "Is that it?" after each chapter. However, after I finished the book rather quickly and then got bogged down in Getting Things Done, I realized that this is a pretty good layout for the target audience - people who feel too busy to read a book on productivity.

Many of the observations seem obvious, but that is one of the key messages of the book: we're all making this stuff away too complicated. How many of us take ten minutes each morning to set a focus and key priority list for the day? Or do we omit that simple step, or fall into the trap of checking email "just for a few minutes" first and then get seduced into following little shiny objects all day while missing the big picture?

The "Five Decisions" chapters - Discard, Delegate, Take Immediate Action, Put in a Reference File, and File for Follow-up - are important but I think are covered better in the other book. About half of the other chapters really resonated with me, which made it worthwhile overall.
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131 of 145 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Will only be helpful for a few. April 14, 2007
Format:Paperback
The book was NOT what I was expecting based on prior reviews. This is NOT a guide to life organizing and prioritizing but rather the author's idea of handling office incoming mail, a filing reminder system for phone calls to be made and work to be done, keeping things one needs to share with another individual in a central location, and scheduling and consolidating that sharing. For those who don't need a computer to do their job, have a memory like a sieve, or are super disorganized and don't know where to begin to start, this might be helpful, otherwise, save your money. His ideas are only practical in a low volume paperwork environment and with those who have non-technical professions. Some kind of portable, daily planner or calendar or a computer syncing PDA is much more practical.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical ideas that produce results July 13, 2007
Format:Paperback
You won't get rich from simply reading a "How to Get Rich" book and you won't get organized and productive from just reading any book - you have to take action and implement the ideas.

I have used the principles and ideas outlined in "Getting Organized" for several years and found them to be extremely valuable.

Becoming more organized and productive is not a matter of what type of filing system or PDA you use, it involves making a habit of organized and productive behavior.

This book provides concrete tools for forming those habits. Simply outstanding!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hits the nail squarely on the head May 25, 2009
Format:Paperback
I bought this book as I was becoming overwhelmed with unfinished paperwork.
Although I would occasionally wage war on the piles of unopened mail, unpaid accounts and half read journals in an all out assault, resulting in a victory over the clutter (usually revealing some important items which should have been dealt with weeks ago). The victory would be short lived - the clutter soon mounted a counter offensive and re-invaded the office.
This left me with a constant worry about what was lying within the junk all over my office. It left me feeling overwhelmed and out of control.
The book arrived and I eagerly started to read it; dubious as to whether it could help.
However I needn't have worried, what I found was a sympathetic, clear, short and well written book which armed me with brilliant, easy behaviours and ideas to prioritise, action and control incoming items so everything got done on time and nothing piles up any longer. I CAN SEE THE DESK!
The book says you will be happier, less guilty and less worried once you get your life organized - this is so very true and I'm just a little bit proud of myself to boot.
The price of the book is nothing compared to the results it brought me, I've already lent it to a friend.
Just an idea: the control point file is brilliant but a bit of a paper waster. I'm thinking of laminating forms, writing on them in vivid marker and when they are finished with; wiping them down with alcohol to re-use them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this book!
Published 7 days ago by Jackie
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
It was an interesting book that presents new ways of seeing things. The part that explains how you should file papers is not for me, because my files are digital. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Y.Ramos
4.0 out of 5 stars Good simple ideas
I took away some useful things to get better focused. A quick read and worth the time I spent on it.
Published 1 month ago by Ellis Reid
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful ideas in a simple form.
I found this book useful even for those not in business. there was a variety of useful information.

I would reread this book again for encouragement.
Published 6 months ago by Allan Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Could have been more informational, but a great book because it gives me steps on what to do. I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!
Published 14 months ago by srindfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks
Great thoughts and ideas. I highly recommend the book. I can certainly apply this to both my work and home life.
Published 16 months ago by llaryboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Improving Organizational Skills
I found this book very helpful in getting me back on track with being more organized. The author was knowledgeable and the amount of resources provided was absolutely astonishing.
Published 16 months ago by Isaac Bennett
3.0 out of 5 stars So-so Approach
The book is an easy read and provides some helpful tips - primarily the "Five Decisions" which in a way lie at the heart of the book.

1. Discard or recycle
2. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jaime
5.0 out of 5 stars Good and to the point
I know about time management. I teach it in 'Big Results In Less Time'.

What I like about this book is that it's to the point. It's meat and potatoes. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mr. Ian J. Stables
4.0 out of 5 stars Ideas that work for me
The book is purposefully succinct, operating on the theory that the reader does not wish to devote time reading lengthy informative text about research and philosophy, but needs a... Read more
Published 18 months ago by E. Cathcart
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Chris Crouch has an impressive background in sales management, training, and as an executive for a Fortune 500 company. However, his passion has always been reading, learning, and teaching. Among other topics, he has spent years researching and studying both the mental and physical aspects of living a more joyful and productive life. His goal is to find simple, easy-to-implement ideas that work in the real world.

Chris regularly writes, speaks, and teaches on topics related to workplace productivity. Sign up to receive free ideas from Chris on ways to make life a little less hectic, a little more productive, and a lot more fun at www.SmartStuff4Work.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SmartStuff4Work.

Chris is president and founder of DME Training and Consulting, author of several books, and the developer of the GO System training course. He currently lives with his wife and youngest daughter in Memphis, Tenn. You can find out more about Chris at www.dmetraining.com.



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