- Series: How to Be
- Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Signet; Revised edition (January 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451197461
- ISBN-13: 978-0451197467
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.7 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #887,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Be Organized in Spite of Yourself: Time and Space Management that Works with Your Personal Style Mass Market Paperback – July 6, 2010
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The authors of How to Be Organized in Spite of Yourself have done just that, and help us identify ourselves within the Ten Operational Styles: Hopper, Perfectionist Plus, Allergic to Detail, Fence Sitter, Cliff Hanger, Everything Out, Nothing Out, Right Angler, Pack Rat, or Total Slob. And we don't even have to fit perfectly into any one, so we can adapt our organizing system according to several different styles.
Time logs are not new to a student of organizational techniques, but the authors encourage us to analyze our logs and identify which tasks have the most value, could be delegated, interrupted, etc. Since most of us don't realize where the time actually does go, this tool forces us to document where and how we get things accomplished. Only then can we change our system and create a new workable one.
Full of tips for streamlining your tasks and working with those who have opposing operational styles from our own, this book is very effective in helping us recognize timewasters and helps establish new ways of saving time for the things that actually do matter at work and home.
As a single mom I'm looking for suggestions and practical tips to becoming more organized across the board. This book seems more geared to organizing your desk and tasks at work. It involves documenting how you spend your time, etc. That was not helpful to me since I would spend the majority of my day documenting instead of doing. The book also uses a tremendous amount of space describing each time/space management style without giving very many tips on how to overcome your particular style.
I am not comfortable being critical of these author's, I mean I couldn't write a book! The fact remains I was disappointed with this particular book since I didn't find much practical advice here.
When you read How To Be Organized In Spite of Yourself, you'll get a feeling of lightbulbs flashing in your mind. You'll recognize your organizing and time management styles when you read about the ten different styles described in the book. Once you understand how you may have been working against your style, it will be easier to tackle the next organizing effort. You are more likely to succeed when you adapt the methods most suited to your own personal style. So instead of working against yourself, you'll find it much easier to follow through and get things done.
Packed with tips, practical advice, charts and good case studies, How To Get Organized In Spite of Yourself is THE definitive hands-on reference to creating and maintaining new time and space managing habits.
As a Organizing Consultant, this is practically my Bible, it was the first book I recommended for the students in my organizing course at SuiteU. I also recommend it for my private clients to keep their motivation high after their consultation is over.
Very highly recommended.
I recommend this book to all busy administrators who want to get a better handle on their time and space management skills. It's a quick read, and will easily pay for itself through the time and money saved. Great buy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was recommended to me by a fellow professional organizer. I can appreciate it and did learn from it, but I do find that it's very dated.Published 17 months ago by B
Very disappointing, felt like I was reading a magazine article. Not very valuable information.Published on August 3, 2006 by C.A.P.
Not bad and quite helpful . Not the best self help on this topic , but not the worse either . the concept of people organising according to type is interesting.Published on August 1, 2006 by Mrs. M. J. Goldlin Pilkington
This book is more conceptual than 'practical application', but I really liked it. I found out *why* I organize (to put it loosely) things the way I do and found some ways to make... Read morePublished on July 9, 2006 by Amazon Customer
Book is geared towards a professional view and not helpful for college students; which is why I purchased it.Published on March 24, 2006 by Edward Taylor
I have read a few organization books. this book helps you find your 'organization style'. I thought it was great. Really easy to get through, tells you how to make lists. Read morePublished on January 17, 2006 by HaHaBusyRamone
I really did get a lot out of this book... It is one of the few organizing books that have really helped me. (And I've bought a few! Read morePublished on October 4, 2005 by Laura Brennan