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The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment: Achieve More Success with Less Stress [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Grace Saunders
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Book Description

Time management skills that work! A proven method for going from stressed and overwhelmed to peaceful and confident in three easy steps

The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment addresses the three key elements of effective time investment: priorities, expectations, and routines. Saunders helps you identify negative mental patterns that sabotage your attempts to change and teaches how to create new "rules" that align thoughts with desired results. Her method combines high-level introspection about where to focus with practical skills for making decisions, cultivating relationships, saying "no" at the right times, and investing in proper self-care.

Elizabeth Grace Saunders is the founder and CEO of Real Life E, a time coaching and training company that empowers overwhelmed individuals to feel peaceful, confident and accomplished through an exclusive Schedule Makeover process.

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About the Author

Elizabeth Grace Saunders is the founder and CEO of Real Life E, a time-coaching and training company that empowers overwhelmed individuals to feel peaceful, confident, and accomplished through an exclusive Schedule Makeover coaching process and training programs. Stiletto Woman named Saunders one of the "Top 25 Amazing Women of the Year" and The Stevie Awards for Women in Business selected her as a finalist in the "Best Young Entrepreneur" category.

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  • File Size: 2776 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0071808817
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (January 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AN7MSA0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,335 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A First-Class Field Guide for Time Management February 16, 2013
In her recent release, The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment, time coach Elizabeth Saunders tackles success in life by moving beyond what we've already learned about time management. I've long held that time management is the key to unlocking potential. This perspective has been influenced greatly by Stephen Covey's First Things First and David Allen's Getting Things Done. Yet for years, my unbalanced life has belied these dog-eared books, but not for lack of insight or intention. In The 3 Secrets, Elizabeth brings her approach for taming patterns of thought, emotion and behavior to the fore, and this is quickly resulting in an upward spiral of success for me, both personally and professionally.

At the core of the book are the three "secrets" that fundamentally extend common time management themes. Secret #1 is "Clarify Action-Based Priorities," which calls for moving beyond setting priorities to identifying, scheduling, and monitoring very specific actions (e.g., run three miles after work on Tuesday and Thursday). Inertia wins wherever there is ambiguity in your intentions... or in your calendar. Secret #2 is "Set Realistic Expectations," which exalts progress over perfection and especially over others' often misaligned expectations. This is an investment approach that builds success over time, not on the hope of a windfall. Secret #3 is "Strengthen Simple Routines." This takes the actions and expectations of #1 and #2 and makes them as automatic as possible by creating, practicing, and reinforcing habits. There is an entire chapter of "done-for-you" routines-everything from project planning to exercising, and from building relationships to buying groceries.

Now, back to thoughts and emotions.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Differ January 17, 2013
By Bob
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Elizabeth Saunders has distilled wisdom garnered from years of coaching clients into this book. Most of us reading time management books are looking for systems, and she has some very good ones, combined with excellent tips and tricks on how to go about implementing them. But her biggest insight is really more holistic. Simply put, it is the converse of the Golden Rule: do unto yourself as you would do unto others. Frequently we beat ourselves up for failure to live to outrageous demands and unrealistic expectations that we would never foist upon others. If instead we nurture ourselves and treat ourselves with kindness, we will not only achieve more, but revel in our work. An excellent read with a refreshing perspective.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Mix of Theoretical and Practical January 7, 2013
I'm a big fan of organization and systems for time management so I went into the 3 Secrets of Effective Time Management with high expectations and Saunders blew me away! Not only does she delve deeply into the why behind many of my self sabotage but provides a path of clear steps out of the chaos.

One of my favorite distinctions was learning the difference in overwhelm and being able to identify time overwhelm (life is moving too fast), quality overwhelm (I have to produce such high quality output I'm stressed) or quantity overwhelm (too much to do, period). Knowing what the real worry is has already helped me find solutions to get through the stress.

As an entrepreneur running a busy, successful business with several international clients I have to be on top of my time and ensure that everything is working smoothly. I highly recommend the book whether you're a student facing midterms, overwhelmed by work or searching for a new job or running your own company.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book I've been needing all my life! January 3, 2013
By Jodi
As a recent college graduate, I am a professional procrastinator, even though I don't mean to be. When I look back on the past four years of my life, the nights I remember most include lots of Red Bull, coffee, and sunrises as I struggle to stay awake to finish a term paper or cram for an upcoming exam. As I write these words (and admit my bad habit to myself for the first time), I realize how silly I had been. My lack of productivity had actually taken a toll on my health more often than not, and although I did get by with good grades, it was not in the proper way.

I came across this book and immediately thought about my college struggles and how useful this book would have been as a freshman. To learn how to balance my time between classes, extracurricular responsibilities, work, my social life, and still find time to eat normally, exercise regularly, and sleep throughout the night, would have made a huge difference in my health - physical AND mental.

I read this book after graduating college and recommend it for any student of any age, but also for any person struggling with time management. The part I found most helpful discussed taking time for personal care - something that people tend to forget to do in our hectic day to day. How many times have I stayed awake past midnight and worked through the night on a task that could have been completed during normal work hours? Elizabeth points out the importance of sleep and how sleep deprivation can really affect one's productivity. This book taught me the importance of learning how to say "no" to something I do not want or have the time to do, and opened my eyes to how much stress is actually self-inflicted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ideas
Book offers a lot of great ideas that can be easily integrated in one's daily life... One step at a time.
Published 2 months ago by Madelyn V.
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book with a combination of excellent perspectives
Author has put together a unique combination of strategies that can people to be more mindful of how they spend their precious time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kevin Mar
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Published 6 months ago by GeneH
5.0 out of 5 stars Goes the Extra Mile!
I usually don't write Amazon reviews, unless a book profoundly affects me in some way that lasts. So, I waited a bit and continued to implement what Elizabeth offers in this... Read more
Published 6 months ago by John R. Bedosky
5.0 out of 5 stars Most incredible book
This book is for anyone that has struggled with time. It gets to the core reasons rather than fulfilling just surface tasks to make someone more efficient. Read more
Published 6 months ago by AJL
5.0 out of 5 stars This gem of a book has a brilliant take on time management!
This book ("The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment") is definitely not yet another run-of-the-mill time management title - Instead, it goes right to the heart of what works,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Akram Ahmad
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear guide to revamping your life!
Many blogs advise you to 'set aside time to do X' (whether X is to get adequate sleep, plan your day, work on side projects, network, and so on! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sarah Nguyen
5.0 out of 5 stars You Will Think Differently About Time
This book takes into account that our emotions often drive how we spend our time. She includes very specific steps and ideas to release those emotions. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mommy to twins
5.0 out of 5 stars effective time investment
This is like spending your time in the same way you spend your money. Spend it wisley and with care. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Teri McClelland
5.0 out of 5 stars An almost complete mental reset for an almost incurable perfectionist...
Time management is dead, long live time investment!Elizabeth Saunders changes paradigm on planning and day to day time difficulties. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Evelina-Elena
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More About the Author

Elizabeth Grace Saunders is an internationally recognized time coach, author and speaker, as well as the founder and CEO of Real Life E, a time coaching and training company.

Real Life E was established in 2005 to empower individuals who are overwhelmed and frustrated to feel peaceful, confident and accomplished through an exclusive Schedule Makeover process. This proven system is a life transformation process that uses phone coaching, in-person training and custom action guides to maximize productivity, satisfaction and work/life balance.

Elizabeth's first book, "The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment: How to Achieve More Success With Less Stress," explores how to go beyond managing your time to effective time investment so you can not only keep up with life but enjoy the process.

She was selected as one of the Top 25 Amazing Women of 2010 by Stiletto Woman magazine, and has been featured as a member of the Young Entrepreneurs Council in The New York Times, The Huffington Post,, and many other media outlets (

Prior to founding Real Life E, Elizabeth graduated summa cum laude from Drake University, and worked for Meredith Corporation, publisher of magazines such as Better Homes and Gardens and Ladies Home Journal. Elizabeth has also worked for VNU Business Media, Studio Pink, and Abbott Laboratories.


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