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Total Workday Control Using Microsoft Outlook Paperback – April 2, 2008
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"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.
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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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book's method is working for me, and for that I am grateful. It had very specific instructions along with settings adjustments within Outlook to optimize your experience in... Read morePublished 28 days ago by anti dis establishmentarian
Nice tips for workday control using a daily tool such as Outlook. However, I disagree with the recommendation for Toodledo.Published 7 months ago by Trajano Cardoso
Skimmed through the book and found a couple of tips I've incorporated into my workday. Didn't expect the entire plan to work for me, but got enough out of it to be worth the price. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Linda L.
Changed the way I use Outlook. Check out his website where --he explains it all. I no longer worry about missing a follow-up task on an email. Read morePublished 15 months ago by BethGoesShopping
My Outlook task list was nothing short of intimidating with about 175 task items. The long task listing depressed me to look at it, and of course it was difficult to decide what... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Roger Brown
I can't stand clutter, even in my inbox. After reading this book, I'm sold on his approach to organizing and tracking tasks.Published 20 months ago by Lulu