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The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment: Achieve More Success with Less Stress: Foreword by Cal Newport, author of So Good They Can't Ignore You Hardcover – January 8, 2013

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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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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071808817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071808811
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. Elizabeth's second book, "How to Invest Your Time Like Money," explains how to get out of time debt so you can have enough time for what's most important.

She was selected as one of the Top 25 Amazing Women of the Year by Stiletto Woman magazine, and has been featured in Inc, Forbes, TIME, and on NBC, CBS, ABC, and many other media outlets (www.reallifee.com/press).

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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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.

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In order to have a well-balanced life with a healthy approach to stress, it is effective to have an approach that also includes how one invests one's time. Elizabeth Grace Saunders wrote a book called "The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Management" - although I gleaned the main points of the book from a summary she put in the Harvard Business Review (HBR).

Approach - can't excel at everything:
Here's the secret: Your colleagues that perform with seemingly less effort have learned to recognize and excel in what really counts -- and to aim for less than perfect in everything else. In school, doing whatever it took to produce work at a level that would please teachers pays off. A great GPA gets rewarded with scholarships and job offers.

The rules changed in business. Doing A-work in everything limits success. One needs to focus more on one's strengths. I can achieve more success by fully leveraging my strengths instead of trying to shore up weaknesses. Realizing the importance of purposely deciding where I will invest more time and energy to produce stellar quality work and where less-than-perfect execution has a bigger payoff will provide more success and hence less stress.

In today's world of 24/7 access, frequent emails, and global business: no one has time for everything. Given the pace of work and the level of input in modern society, time management is dead. We can no longer fit everything in -- no matter how efficient we become. (This is what Saunders' book talks about).

If you can find the HBR article she wrote - read it first - and if it piques your interest, get the book. Otherwise - if you don't get anything out of her article - you won't like the book.
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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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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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