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Take Back Your Life!: Using Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 to Get Organized and Stay Organized Paperback – June 13, 2007
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A recognized thought leader and innovator in the field of productivity management, Sally McGhee has trained thousands of people in the corporate environment. She has more than 25 years experience as a consultant and an executive coach, and is the founder and CEO of McGhee Productivity Solutions.
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Finally, I bought this updated book of Sally McGhee's because I am using Outlook 2007 now. The material is basically the same, but tuned for Outlook 2007.
Now some people claim this book is a rip off of David Allen's book or that these books are all the same or they are boring. YES! and NO!
What you have to realize is that there are several ways of getting things done. All roads lead to Rome. I prefer the Sally McGhee method because it does not depend upon a plugin or extra software. It works with Outlook the way it is when you buy it and her methods translate over to my desk at home and work and since I am on the road...in my car. YES, the material is dry at times but so is work! lol
David Allen offers custom software as an add in for Outlook 2003 and 2007 that is Windows XP and Vista compatible and his extra software will cost you an EXTRA $70 folks! This could be very nice and efficient for some people. yet, there is a downside...the plug in only works with Outlook. If you use another email client, you have nothing.Read more ›
Since I was disappointed with the first edition, I sat down with this new edition to see if there were any improvements. I will say that a major flaw of first edition, the glaring lack of information concerning Meaningful Objectives (a core part of the system), has been addressed in this edition. This is handled by demoting Meaningful Objectives and adding something called Unifying Goals, which themselves are supported by Areas of Focus. Meaningful Objectives now roll up to Areas of Focus, which in turn support Unifying Goals.
This is certainly an improvement and perhaps it will be useful to you. However, the book does a poor job of helping you define any of these things, so the system kind of collapses under its own weight, in my opinion.
Other than this, and some other updates required because the authors are now working in Outlook 2007, the book is largely unchanged. Therefore, my opinion is largely unchanged. TBYL is a chatty volume with a low signal-to-noise ratio and a variety of vignettes designed to "humanize" the material. More often, they come across like testimonials and contribute more to padding the book than illustrating the point. TBYL also has the irritating habit of taking simple, workable terms (like those from GTD) and renaming them as part of the author's proprietary system.Read more ›
This is clearly is not the answer every person is looking for but if you have been casting about looking for a way to logically approach the massive crush of requirements, taskings and information flow weighting you down each day, I can confirm. This works! It is not magic. It requires work, but it does produce results...
Last comment... this is not the "latest and greatest" but it is a sound methodology. I have applied the exact same principles to a new system and found success.
This is a better book then first glance would tell you. I have had my copy for 6 months. for 5 of those I looked it over... skipped about and gradually convinced myself that I didn't need the "help" and "solutions" offered. Then I had a major job crisis that forced me to face the fact that my "organization" system didn't work. I had lost one too many threads on my professional life. I was finally ready to face that a change was needed. I forced myself to read the book since I had already spent good money on it.
I could not be more pleased. Yes, it is work. It is time consuming and it isn't easy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
an amazing tutorial even for someone who has used outlook for more than a decade. cut my work load down by 20%+Published 10 months ago by J.something
This is absolutely BRILLIANT material! Wow, the authors really nailed it! Combines theory and solid understanding on mental hang-ups on productivity and organizing with practical... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jen
I read about 15 to 20 books a year mostly self improvement and motivational. Taking Your Life Back by Sally McGhee is one of the most practical ones I have read. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Alan Shiffer
Very practical and very well adapted to Outlook 2007. Would have bought a newer version if they had it, but I made the adaptation for Outlook 2013 fine.Published 20 months ago by Scott Burnett
It was not as useful as I had hoped for my staff. Very basic book for outlook 2007. Would be great for a beginnerPublished 22 months ago by M. E. Hansen
If you use Outlook all the time, this is the perfect book to learn to get organized and use your time efficiently. Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by Greg Becker
Great book that provides many helpful ways to be more productive and have a better life balance. I highly recommend this book.Published on December 15, 2013 by Michael White