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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 2nd edition (August 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805075909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805075908
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Everything you need to know about reclaiming your life from your busy schedule is contained in Julie's wonderful new book."
-Cheryl Richardson, author of Take Time for Your Life

"Time Management from the Inside Out is an outstanding resource in the process of being ready to live at a higher level. It won't just help you manage your time, it will help you manage your life. A valuable read!"
-Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One-Minute Manager and Leadership by the Book
"If I had had Julie Morgenstern's tips on how to organize my workload and prioritize my days, balancing my growing business and family life would have been much easier."--Lilian Vernon, Chairman and CEO, Lilian Vernon Corporation

About the Author

Julie Morgenstern is a contributing editor to O Magazine, a frequent guest on many national television programs, and a popular speaker around the country. She lives in New York City with her daughters.

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Julie Morgenstern, founder and owner of Task Masters, is the author of the New York Times bestseller Organizing from the Inside Out and Time Management from the Inside Out. Her column, "Getting Organized," appears monthly in O, The Oprah Magazine. A speaker, media expert, and corporate spokesperson, she lives in New York City.

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In fact, she makes you look at your life in a different way.
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Taking action in easily managed steps makes a daunting task - like managing time - doable.
Martha Clouse (Organized For Life, LLC)
Great book for anyone who needs help with their time management skills.
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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Hawthorne on July 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
I can't help but express my disapproval at how a review from 2000, which rated this book one star, is a spotlight review.

This reader failed to realize that this book wasn't written for people who are already organized or know the "common sense" things for organization. If organization was that "common sense," more people would be able to get their lives together instantaneously.

Morgenstern builds upon her previous best-seller hit, "Organizing from the Inside Out." For people who have read that book, I would agree that "Time Management" does not offer much else in addition to it. However, "Time Management" stands on its own on the reader from 2000 who gave it one star failed to recognize that this book stands on its own apart from her debut.

A few choice tips that I have found to have helped me:

- Estimate time for big projects: Most people underestimate the time it takes them to do things. It's better to overestimate or get as accurate a time frame as possible. If you overestimate, at least you'll have time to do other things; if you underestimate, you'll feel rushed and like you never have time for anything.

- The WADE formula: Readers of "Organizing from the Inside Out" know this formula well.

WRITE IT DOWN: Record your tasks in a planner or one area.

ADD IT UP: Estimate how long your projects will take.

DECIDE what you will do: delay, delegate, delete or diminish tasks.

EXECUTE YOUR PLAN: Put your plan into action.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Blanca Martinez on July 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have to be honest and say that Time Management from the Inside Out is the first "time management" book I have read; therefore, I have nothing else to compare it to. However, during my first year in college, I was forced to take a time management course and I must say Time Management from the Inside Out was a far out better course than the one I took in college. Not only does Julie Morgenstern walks us step by step on how to schedule our time, but she helps us define our "Big-Picture Goals". Chapter 9: defining your goals and activities was my favorite chapter because she made us dream BIG and made me believe our goals were manageable. I also liked that she offered real life examples so people can relate to them and follow the solution that was given. This book is easy reading but it took me a while to finish because she makes us reflect on many issues such as the current behavior one carries in which prevents us to move forward. She offers several exercises that can help one pin point a problem. This was really helpful. I am a 21- year old transfer student about to continue my studies at UCLA and I cannot wait to put into practice the advice Julie Morgenstern offered.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M.A. De Neve on December 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
Time Management

I sit here with a to-list. These lists are not new to me. I have kept to-do lists for a long time. They used to be simple lists like shopping lists.
Feed the pets
Clean litter pans
Organize (kitchen or filing cabinets or desk)
Write at least three pages in my novel
Prep for classes (I am a college instructor)
Correct papers
Clean house (Sort of goes with organizing)
After I read Time Management From the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern, my to lists changed and so did my schedule. For one thing, I began paying attention to how much time things took. I started timing projects.
I used to write A B or C beside each project. I had gone to a time management seminar once, and this was the one technique she gave. The projects marked "A" had to be done today. The projects marked "B" could or should be done today, but could be put off for another day. The projects marked "C" could be put off for now. B and C projects might move up the list tomorrow or the next day. I did this for years even though it did not work. It gave me permission to not get to projects when they were marked B or C. There was some 60/40 rule. Get to 60 percent of your to-do list and give yourself permission to drop the rest. Maybe the rule was 40/60. I don't remember. It wasn't working, but I knew no other way.
Then I read Morgenstern's book and she taught me a few tricks. Note that I finished readig the book over a month ago, so I have tried the tips. She asked her readers to pick three projects and to write beside each project the estimated time one had to spend on those projects. Then time the project. Is there a difference between expected time and actual time?
So I timed myself cleaning litter pans, making beds and correcting papers.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By amazon user on September 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
In short, this book is different than all the other time management books and seminars I have encountered. Yes, she talks about balance and goal setting, and all the other topics that the others do, but this book is all about perspective.

The author makes time tangible and puts it into perspective. She makes you look at goal setting in a completely different way. In fact, she makes you look at your life in a different way.

I cannot recommend this book enough. This is the last time management book you will ever have to buy!!
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