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Good for Corporate America - Not As Great for the Self-Employed. Also, A Little Too Much Personal Info
on November 16, 2011
I like parts of this book while other parts actually irritated me! I would like to have given this book 3.5 stars for that reason. It is not a 3 but it isn't a 4 either. I find this book works best for those working in an office or in corporate America. It's not as good for the self-employed or those in non-office (such as teaching) or alternative work environments. What I like about the book is the practical advice on organizing certain parts of your work life, such as your email and creating a filing system. Some of her quick tips and insights are great too, an example being that the reason why papers and emails pile up in your life is an inability to make decisions. That being said, I think that there is a lot of extra fluff in this book that isn't necessary and I found it difficult to get through. For example, I don't think that a book on organizing needs to instruct me to drink more water, eat nutritious food and make sure that I get enough rest. For some reason, reading that in this book irritated me. I felt like it was irrelevant to the subject and that health info should be left to another book.
My main issue with Ms. Leeds' books are that they are too emotionally "heavy" for me and they have too much extra "stuff" and personal information that I do not care to know (as an example, she mentions that she is a cancer survivor. While I feel for her and rejoice that she is in remission, having lost several people in my family to cancer, I do NOT want to be reminded of the pain I went through during that time of my life while I'm reading about organizing my work life)!
When I'm reading an organization book, I am looking for quick, easy and clear instructions on how to get organized. I do not want a self-help book where I need to dig deeply into my psyche to see why I let my email inbox get too crowded. I think that some of her quick insights are helpful and add to the book, but they should be no more than a few sentences or a paragraph at the most. This book frequently dedicates several pages to this kind introspection! I unfortunately do not have the time to answer a lot of the questions on these pages.
I think this book would be greatly improved if a lot of the information were edited out. It would have been shorter (which is good for busy schedules) and also a much easier guide to follow. When information is put into a format such as this (one year to...), sometimes there is too much filler material, so this could be a reason for the extra material. In any case, I feel overwhelmed after reading this book! I suggest Jennifer Ford Berry's books if you are looking for a quick, easy and to-the-point guide to organizing your life. If you are looking for a more soul-searching in-depth guide, then this is your book. There are definitely gems in it, so it could absolutely be worth your while if you have the time!