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Happy About an Extra Hour Every Day: 300 Time Saving Tips to Create a 25-Hour Day; Practical Time Saving Tips to Apply at Home, at Work and on the Go Paperback – May 1, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
This book reads like a bullet-point or numbered list of ideas. It isn't long enough to go through a lot of examples and illustrations - it is very much practical and to the point. And I do love lists, so I enjoyed the format.
A lot of the tips are common sense. There are some good reminders along the lines of writing stuff down, planning your time, getting up early, and overcoming procrastination.
There are also links to some great tools, including online checklists and digital post-its.
And then there are tips I hadn't thought of, like leaving a paper clip on your passport - since with international travel you're often having to fill out forms to present with the passport, and this cuts down on search time to find those forms when needed. Very practical and something I wish I had done with all the border crossings we did while in Mozambique.
Or activating the single click option (Windows) on my computer - why waste time on all those unnecessary double-clicks?
Or using both hands while cleaning; e.g. spraying the windows with one hand while wiping with the other.
As dry as the content is, there were things that made me laugh with the realization that a man is writing this. Such as this comment: "The time required for housework has reduced significantly with all the technological aids available and it may one day completely be done by a house robot."
Or this tip for women: "Use a decent color for your nails.Read more ›
It's a valuable compendium of useful ideas to better organize one of our most precious commodities. There's nothing mysterious here - just plenty of sensible tips on time management principles; why managing it is so critical in achieving our goals; and how to save time at home, at work, and when travelling. Some advice you may be familiar with, other items are new ways of approaching daily tasks.
Setting goals is one example of what Soergel deems an 'action item' to be tracked and executed. Likening each goal as a project in itself, he suggests several steps to take (similar to project management methods). If a goal proves difficult to attain, announcing it in public makes it harder to give up or procrastinate; asking family or friends for support can help keep you motivated and moving.
One tip many will appreciate - I really liked this one - is making meetings shorter and more productive; his idea is a 'stand-up' meeting where you're more inclined to get down to business and finish ASAP. No more coffee and pastry needed to see you through!
"An Extra Hour Every Day" is a great guide for many of us who daily juggle life's tasks, large and small, knowing there are more effective ways to do things. If you do the arithmetic, one extra hour daily translates into about 350+ hours more per year! And who would argue with that?
Soergel does a good job consolidating a lot of tips that I have seen in other places (Franklin Planner, 7 Habits, GTD), and mixes it with some common sense and his own practical experience in saving time.
I enjoyed the practical tips that I can use with my family, particularly when it comes to organizing the bathroom for short home occupants (my children), especially the one about the....oh wait, I am tempted to list out more of my favorite tips here, but instead suggest your buy the book for yourself...The section on "how to identify and change bad habits" was the most useful for me.
The advice Sorgel gives is like an energy drink in the morning...short and to the point.
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I agree with the gist of everything he said in the basis of Time Management. Have clear goals. Goals come before action. Then have a to do list and prioritize it. Read morePublished on September 18, 2009 by Jim Estill
Get organized, monitor yourself, then improve. This book has plenty of ideas collected on how to improve your daily workflow as well as extraordinary tasks that don't happen... Read morePublished on June 28, 2009 by Dr. Helmut Baier