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Product Details

  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: New Academy Publishers; 2nd Edition edition (April 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974930423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974930428
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Drowning in e-mail? Take this advice from author and workplace efficiency expert Michael Linenberger..." -- CourierPost Online, January 27, 2006

"If your Inbox has become a source of anxiety and stress... Michael Linenberger... has the solution" -- Investor's Business Daily, February 13, 2006

"It's not spam or cc'd mail that slows down your e-mail processing..." (this book shows how to fix it) -- Fast Company June 2006 Interview

"The system is easy to use... it works, it's not hard" -- Kurt Andrews, WIMO-AM Atlanta News Talk Radio, March 2006 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Michael Linenberger (Danville, California) has been a management consultant and technology professional for more than 20 years, he now leads workshops on productivity, task, and e-mail management.

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It's a very easy read and is even easier to implement.
Spencer Wallis
This book is best used after working through one or two more generic workflow systems like David Allen's Getting Things Done and Sally McGhee's Take Back Your Life!
David A. Baer
This book includes very useful ideas and methods for using Outlook for task management and email management.
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298 of 306 people found the following review helpful By David A. Baer VINE VOICE on June 7, 2006
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This book is best used after working through one or two more generic workflow systems like David Allen's Getting Things Done and Sally McGhee's Take Back Your Life! The reason is that Linenberger's approach tends to assume mastery of those core skills and then take its reader deeper into somewhat technical aspects of Outlook's impressive capabilities.

Total Workday Control teaches the reader how to exploit a powerful piece of software. You'll need to look elsewhere for the personal work and life management skills that will make Linenberger's work helpful. He mentions these repeatedly and briefly, but not in enough depth to facilitate the kinds of change that most of need to implement in our lives.

Because of the semi-technical nature of the book, the best way to provide the prospective reader with an idea of what he or she is considering buying is a chapter-by-chapter review. Linenberger leads off by making his claims for how Total Workday Control will make you better (`Gaining Workday Control', pp. 9-22). Like Allen and McGhee, he chooses a bottom-up rather than top-down approach to gaining control of the information that bombards us. This is a worthy tactical decision, though in my judgment it needlessly discards the huge value that lies in engaging in a top-down review of one's life, values, and goals at the same time. In my own experience, employing both methods with a good coach produces the deepest change, a service that I will offer to executives under the `Cantabridge' label beginning in 2007.

Chapter two introduces the best practices that lie at the core of Linenberger's approach and provide its coherence (`The Best Practices of Task and E-Mail Management', pp. 23-39).
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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful By John Bishop on December 29, 2005
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In "Total Workday Control," Linenberger provides a very readable, very practical guide for getting and maintaining control over the daily deluge of emails and tasks many of us contend with. He does this by sharing eight best practices of task and e-mail management and then showing how to reconfigure Outlook so you can implement these best practices (you'll have to read the book to find out what they are!). Gratefully, he has avoided abstract philosophical jargon and discussion about personal productivity--he just jumps in there with solid, usable principles and advice. My kind of writer.

Linenberger draws on his own extensive management and technology experience as well as the wisdom of other productivity thinkers as the basis for his eight best practices. If you're familiar with David Allen's "Getting Things Done" (GTD)approach or with the FranklinCovey productivity model, then you'll recognize their influence here (and appropriately credited). Linenberger's explanation of these eight best practices leaves the reader encouraged to believe that he/she can actually implement these practices in the real work world.

The bulk of the book focuses on implementation. His assumption is that the reader has a basic familiarity with Outlook but does not know how to best configure Outlook for real effectiveness. Linenberger's "nuts-and-bolts" instructions are very clear and helpful; his guidelines for handling e-mail and his discussion about delegating are alone worth the price of the book.

I think of equal value to me is the extremely practical discussions about how his approaches really play out in the daily routine of work.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Julie on January 25, 2006
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I thoroughly enjoyed Total Workday Control, along with the hints and insights contained in it. The book describes in detail and implementation method for recent versions of Outlook which is highly compatible with David Allen's Getting Things Done.

Linenberger has a well thought through set up for Outlook which he explains in detail. I had no problems implementing the task frames set up. At a more philosophical level, he captures exactly what it is that makes days so harrowing. I particularly enjoyed his observations about what he calls "miniprojects" -- it became clear to me that so much of what tangles me up is one of my many miniprojects.

Moreover, the Linenberger's system that he sets up is quite robust -- that is it is easy to "get back on the wagon" after having fallen off. Ever the philosopher, Linenberger muses insightfully about how to look at the tasks that were entered to figure out where and how you had taken the wrong tact.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By N. Berry VINE VOICE on June 21, 2006
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I always assumed that I should be using Outlook in a more efficient manner, and this book really showed me how to do it. Linenberger shows you how to change some of the pre-set settings of Outlook to make it a more powerful tool. I fell in love with the program immediately.

I've eliminated so many paper to do lists and notebooks that hold data that I never seemed to get to.

If you have a problem staying organized, or just need a jump start to get back on track, this book is highly recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert Gluck on May 29, 2008
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It took me about 3 hours of reading the philosphy behind the system (this is important - don't skip it) and another 2 hours of setting up and tweaking Outlook. The first day or two afterwards were strange as I tried to get accustomed to the system, but now, after a few weeks, I couldn't live without it. It's not all about email management (that's a minor concern for me, although having a perfectly empty inbox is wonderful for your stress level) - it's really a great tool for managing the dozens of tasks that pop in and out of your head all day long along with the medium and long-term projects that have been staring at you from your task list for the last year or so.

Before this book, I really, really, really tried to like and use GTD, but I could never internalize the methodolgy and use it effectively. In contrast, TWC/Manage-your-NOW just makes sense to me.

Bottom line - it's a good book with a good system - definitely worth your time to try it.
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