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The Personal Efficiency Program: How to Get Organized to Do More Work in Less Time Paperback – November 21, 2003

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What business person doesn't feel constantly pressed for time, struggling mightily to fulfill an ever-expanding array of professional obligations while simultaneously juggling an always increasing litany of personal responsibilities? Kerry Gleeson, founder of the Institute for Business Technology, presents a comprehensive but easy-to-implement plan for "getting things done" on the work side (which then leaves more time for other matters) in The Personal Efficiency Program. Gleeson's "PEP" plan outlines a variety of organizational processes and simplification systems that should work if diligently implemented, and suggests ways to use them effectively in real-life situations. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


??brings the art of time management up to date?? (Times T2, 1st September 04)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (November 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471463213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471463214
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,668,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
The Personal Efficiency Program is exactly that, a program to help you get organized and stay organized so that you can get more done in less time. The overriding theme is to do things now and don't put them off. The book covers all the bases for organization from developing a routine, planning processes, following through, managing and maintaining. The area that it does not cover is the psychological factors in getting things done. For example, one of the books that I read noted that one of the problems with a "to-do" type list is that we tend to look at it and do the easiest or most fun things first. So, as a result our reward for completing one of the items on our "to-do" list is that we get a less desireable and more difficult task to do next. Rearranging the "to-do" list so that you do the most difficult and least fun things first you set yourself up for success because as a reward for doing the difficult item you get a less difficult item or more fun item to do. I know it is just playing games, but it does affect how well people get their "to-do" list completed. I wish that he had included research like that in the book in addition to all of the good ideas for organizing and keeping track of things.
This book is designed solely for the work environment and getting things organized and done at work. Still many of the items can be applied at home too. It is a good book and a good read with a program that works if you implement and practice it.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By on June 4, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a fantastic book - the best of its type I have read. Gleeson writes in a sane, sensible way about how to organise yourself to get more done. His solution? Do It Now. Before you say: "That's obvious" how many of you do it consistently? Not many, and the reason, from my experience, is that we are rarely organised to do it other than later!! Gleeson fills in the gaps by showing you how to physically organise yourself and your workspace so that you can put the Do It Now principle into regular and continuing operation. Trust me - this book is a lifesaver!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book really inspired me to clean up my act at work. I always say that I have better things to think about than where is the proper place to put a particular item...but I followed the instructions in this book and got everything in order and it has definitely made me more efficient, as well as improving my professional image. I've been following the other advice and in just the first week of putting it into practice I have received a lot of compliments from the people I work with/for, which has inspired me to work even more on improving my personal efficiency through this program!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Author Kerry Gleeson, a specialist in white collar efficiency and productivity, describes a do-it-now program for becoming more organized and effective. As might be expected, this is a well-organized book. Gleeson outlines some familiar approaches to getting organized, such as setting up an office system that deals with paperwork effectively. The book becomes more informative when it discusses some less familiar organizational techniques, such as planning chunks of time to deal with similar tasks, using technology and establishing routines for maintaining your organizational system. The book's major strength is the detail it offers about setting up files and systems, and following through on organizational initiatives. We enjoyed Gleeson's case histories of reorganizing various offices. She uses many of her basic principles in common sense ways - and the messes she repairs will make you feel like the top of your desk may not be hopeless after all.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lee Say Keng on July 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
Just a few years after I have started my strategy consulting business (as well as my own book-store) in the early 90's, I spotted a review of this book, 'The Personal Efficiency System (PEP)', in Success Magazine. I bought it immediately & have reread it many times. A few years later, came the second book, The 'High-Tech Personal Efficiency System' by the same author. I bought it immediately too & have read - & refered to - it several times.

From the standpoint of self-management & work productivity, I consider them to be the best in the genre.

In essence, the High Tech PEP book is a further extension of the earlier PEP book. Basically, it shows the reader how to exploit technology (email, groupware, internet, cell phones, etc.) as a personal information management tool & how to apply the low-tech principles of PEP in a high-tech environment.

What I like about both books is the smorgasbord of concrete suggestions & useful checklists from the author. Also, I like the author's superb presentation of his brilliant work as embodied in the two books: each chapter comes with a preview & ends with follow-up action points. Bravo! as these aids make reading a breeze!

In a nut shell, these are the relevant chapters, respectively:


Introduction: Personal Efficiency Program - The Missing Link;
Do It Now!
Organize It Now!
Do It Routinely;
Plan It Now!;
Follow-Up & Follow-Through;
Do It Right, Now!;
Do It Now! - From Whereever You Are!
Be a Do It Now Manager;
Organizing the Team to Act Now!
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