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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Subsequent edition (August 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553370715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553370713
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 1998
Format: Paperback
The key to the book is that you have to find a time management system that works for you. If you have trouble following the traditional methods (personal organizer, lists, etc.), then throw them away and find your own method, without a feeling of failure or of being defective. There are many tips in the book on finding that method, with suggestions that have worked for other people. (There are three of us now in my group using a variation of the post-it method!) In addition to writing about getting organized, Magee-Cooper and Trammell include ways of getting rid of unnecessary mental baggage (why it's not bad to procrastinate, for example) which were very enlightening. In addition, the book is quick to read (concise and well-written) and very entertaining, with some fun drawings that many people may identify with!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Ryan on September 13, 2004
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This is absolutely the best time management book for right brain, creative people like me. I read lots of books and articles on time management, and benefited from many tips. But the fit was never just right. This book addresses monochronic time (linear, clock time), and polychronic time (what creative types deal with). And lots of other key topics that hit home. It answered many questions for me (Why was I always buying some new organizer, or gadget to help me organize myself and my environment? Why could I not just work top-to-bottom on my To Do list?)

I bought my first copy about 8-9 years ago. Now, I am buying my fourth copy, as I keep giving them away to folks like me.

If you are a creative person or right-brain person, you should read this book. If traditional time management techniques don't really "fit" you, you should read this book.

Patti J. Ryan
A-Fib, Inc.
Publisher of Atrial Fibrillation: Resources for Patients (A-Fib.com) and
Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure (BeatYourA-Fib.com)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 1999
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I love this book! It is well-organized, easy reading. I have read several time management books, including Covey's 7 Habits, over the last three years trying to discover ways to help myself and my subordinates understand, develop and practice good time management skills. Time Management For Unmanageable People not only provides you with great time management tips, it contains valuable insights as to how different people view and use time. If you have been struggling with understanding why some people seem to naturally be better time managers than others, this is the book for you. I used this book as one of my resources in developing a time management training course for our organization's management level personnel. Buy it, read it and recommend it to others -- you won't regret it.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Burbridge on September 5, 2003
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This book contains many useful tips for people like me--digressive, expansive, creative types. Perhaps the previous (negative) reviewer just has a (very) different style. Sure, for the more linear mind, traditional time management strategies probably work well. But not necessarily for me!
Even more than specific tips, I learned a lot here about how to value my style of thinking and being, and how I could take advantage of my creative mind for time management. The authors do not pretend that having an expansive, discursive mind, it is always _easy_ to keep all of life's little details together. They just provide lots of practical ideas that make it _easier_, by working _with_ the creative mind.
I found this book very different from all other time management books I have ever seen. What it gave me most of all, was an increased sense of faith in my personal style. I get the feeling that the authors are anything but lazy.
I liked this book a great deal.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 11, 1999
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If you are a "right-brained" person and have tried to follow other left brained time management programs with only fair success, this is the book for you. This author makes time management fun and flexible. I read about her book in another great time managment book by Lee Silber. You'll enjoy this book and get many good tips to help you be more productive.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Rachel B. Ramey (blogger/author) VINE VOICE on June 28, 2006
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There are some definite pros and cons to this text. It was not at all what I expected, but I did find some value in it. Overall, the authors were so politically-correct as to be irritating to me, and the worldview - especially in the first section - was subtly anti-biblical. (This will, of course, be viewed by some readers as a strength and by others as a weakness.)

For my purposes, there are two great weaknesses here. The first is that the bulk of the book is simply not practical; it's theoretical. Some of this theory was very interesting, but it wasn't what I was looking for when I purchased a book about time management. The second is that the examples all relate to the corporate world. As a full-time wife and mother, I would have appreciated some examples demonstrating how the theories apply to homemaking and family.

I did, however, derive one significant benefit from the book which was completely unexpected. The portions about the importance of PLAY were very enlightening for me. Having been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue (read: stress syndrome), I have been made profoundly aware of my own dysfunction in this area of "play" or "relaxation." The authors of this book have not only presented the importance of play in a very balanced manner, they have also offered practical suggestions for regaining one's ability to "play."

I am glad I bought the book, but if specific, practical methods of time management are what you seek, you might want to look at others, instead.
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