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Never Check E-Mail In the Morning: And Other Unexpected Strategies for Making Your Work Life Work Paperback – September 27, 2005
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"Written in the same to-the-point approach as her Organizing from the Inside Out, this volume...makes a whole lot of sense [and] is practical and applicable to the real world." -- Publishers Weekly
Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and The On-Time, On-Target Manager This book is brimming with great ideas for making our working lives better. And when work is working for us, that's when we can serve ourselves and others best.
Brian Tracy, Author of Time Power Wow! What a great book. Here in one place you learn how to get organized and get more done faster than you ever thought possible. This is a handbook for personal success.
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So it was with great anticipation that I obtained and devoured her latest, MAKING WORK WORK . . . it did not disappoint!
Morgenstern presents ideas and suggestions that apply to just about any situation . . . what she writes may sound basic, but it is the type thing that you need to read more than once . . . then begin to use.
For example, she urges you to begin conversations with:
"What can I do for you?" not "How are you?" As she notes:
"How are you?" is an open invitation to chat and warm up. "What can I do for you?" immediately focuses your interrupter on getting straight to the point. It's professional and gets you both down to business. This enables you to handle the interruption in the least amount of time possible.
There were several other memorable passages; among them:
The only real chance you have at choosing the most important tasks begins with keeping a complete list of everything you need to do in one place. After all, prioritizing is a matter of relativity--the true question is, What's most important in relation to the other things on your list? Taken one item at a time, everything can mask itself as a critical task.
Control Lateness: Use odd start times, such as 27 or 41 minutes after the hour, to control lateness. People are far less likely to be late for a meeting that starts at 11:27 than one at 11:30. Designate an official timekeeper to watch the clock for every meeting, and rotate that role among attendees.Read more ›
I can honestly say that Ms. Morgensterns' book has had a huge impact on my life...at work AND on my time off. First and foremost, her advice about never checking email the first hour of the day is genius. My first thought...wishful thinking. Being in sales I was initally hesitant to believe that this was possible in my position, and that I would lose out on client opportunities if I didn't check email immediately. But when I actually understood what my email addiction was keeping me from, was when I finally decided to give it a try. And I was AMAZED at the results. Because I am now able to use my first hour on strategic planning, my sales and client retention have actually increased!
But don't get me wrong, this book has much more to offer than email advice. In fact, any one of her "grab and go" strategies will directly increase your productivity and improve your relationship to your job. More than anything, her simple strategies allow you to take back control of your workday, which in this fast paced world seems to have slipped away. And possibly more importantly, she recognizes the need for a work-life balance, giving us permission to leave work at work and use our time off to refuel ourselves with what's most important to us.
I thoroughly recommend this book! It will not disappoint.
Happiness, says Morgenstern, means "liking what you're doing and being good at it, feeling connected, in control, successful and balanced." Now there's a realistic definition that we can work with!
I like Morgenstern's listing of nine competencies. Most are straightforward and you're heard some before, but they're presented insightfully. For instance, "organize at the speed of change" and develop an "entrepreneurial mindset" have become essential in today's world; you probably know you need to delegate and work well with others, but we can never hear this message too often.
Perhaps the most striking insight is, "Sometimes it's not you! Sometimes it's them holding you back." In working with live clients, I find that identifying this difference can be key to long-term career success, not to mention santiy.
Other messages I support wholeheartedly: "Your personal life is an investment in your work."
"Try neglecting one small task." (So true! Often nobody notices even when you neglect the big tasks!)
"Own your career so you're not a victim."
This book's layout could be more visually appealing; it's not the author's fault, but the pages sometimes seem crowded. However, it's worth digging. I will be recommending this book on my ezine page and will encourage many of my clients to give themselves this book as a gift.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very helpful in getting my priorities in order during the workdayPublished 12 months ago by Shannon
I was glad to have read this book. I was able to get some new ideas of how to approach things. The best of those ideas fitting the title-Never check email in the morning. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sweetestjoy
Julie does a great job of reminding us of things we already know to do, but are not doing. I have probably increased my daily productivity by 10% or more by applying some of her... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Cynergy
Some good things, some things were not fresh and new! Maybe my problem is that I have been organizing for
I haven't read the whole thing yet, but plan on doing so. I have a box full of books that I intent to read and this is definitely one of them.Published on January 4, 2014 by Ashley Rene Clark
As a systems development coach, I read A LOT of "self-help" books to recommend for specific client struggles. Read morePublished on November 18, 2013 by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie
I can see how the content would find an audience in a presentation or consultancy environment, but the format in written form lacks direction. Read morePublished on September 13, 2013 by Regis O Verliefde
This is great for getting a handle on making your work life better - especially like the focus on looking at work styles and making mine work with others.Published on August 31, 2013 by AMS
Not a lot of non-obvious insight. A few good bits here and there, but I got bored with it after a few chapters. Didn't notice any groundbreaking insight.Published on June 11, 2013 by Jeff Ermann