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Organizing Your Day: Time Management Techniques That Will Work for You

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From the Back Cover

What do you get when a popular professional organizer teams up with a time management expert?

More time to enjoy what's important.


Nothing beats the satisfaction of coming to the end of the day and feeling it was a successful one. Well-managed time makes that possible. It reduces stress, helps you accomplish more in less time, and, most importantly, gives you greater freedom to enjoy doing what you love. This book shows you how to make it all happen.

You'll learn:
•how to focus your time on your priorities
•when multitasking is helpful or harmful
•secrets to overcoming procrastination
•tips for managing distractions, interruptions, and time wasters
•how to organize your space to maximize efficiency

This book contains a variety of easy-to-implement, effective ideas for both home and work. Whether you are a creative freewheeler or an organized perfectionist, there are solutions that will work for you.

"Solid, practical advice for anyone who wants to be more productive and less stressed."--Barbara Hemphill, author, Taming the Paper Tiger at Work

"A fresh, no-nonsense look at managing your daily activities. If you're overwhelmed and looking for a better way, this book is for you."--Barry Izsak, National Association of Professional Organizers; author, Organize Your Garage in No Time


Sandra Felton, The Organizer Lady®, is a pioneer in the field of organizing. She is the founder and president of Messies Anonymous and the author of many books, including Organizing Magic.

Marsha Sims is a national speaker on time management and organization. She has been a professional organizer since 1992 as the founder and president of Sort-It-Out, Inc.

About the Author

Sandra Felton, The Organizer Lady, is a pioneer in the field of organizing. She is the founder and president of Messies Anonymous and the author of many books including Organizing Magic. Sandra lives in Miami, Florida. Marsha Sims is a national speaker who has taught seminars on time management and organization, managing the front desk, and projects and priorities. She has been a professional organizer for fifteen years as the founder and president of her Miami based company, Sort It Out, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800733150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800733155
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I did not find this book very useful, however I acknowledge that I am absolutely not the target market for the book.

I pre-ordered it before release, so I wasn't able to check it out in a store first. I should have researched the authors, as this would have indicated it was aimed at the same market as [...] and [...]. I assumed from the blurb that it covered techniques for balancing work projects and fighting procrastination, but on reading it is clear the book is aimed more at a domestic manager (aka mom) who is trying to manage a large variety of day to day domestic, personal and family tasks, but failing to do so though a lack of basic skills and/or an internet addiction.

For example, the chapter entitled Daily Scheduling: Move Smoothly Through the Day is about very basic domestic self-care. The morning routine (p. 172) is:

Wake up: at a set time
Jump up: actually get out of bed
Make up: make the bed
Eat up: have breakfast
Wash up: have a bath or shower
Brush up: clean your teeth
Dress up: dress with care from head to toe, including shoes, and makeup for women
Look up: turn your heart upwards to God
Clean up: pick up clutter and care for breakfast dishes

and the evening routine (p. 172-73) is

Eat up: have a meal planned ahead so all ingredients are on hand
Clean up: get the whole family to help clean up the kitchen
Straighten up: Set a timer and have the family help strighten the house for ten minutes
Start up: Do a to-do list for tomorrow.
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This book goes beyond helpful tips and the "how-to" of using a daily planner; the authors hit on the WHY of poor time management. Many chapters are devoted to helping the reader understand what leads him/her to choose how to spend his time. The beginning of the book uses fictitious case files to illustrate different perspectives of poor time choices and really draws an eye-opening comparison between personal goals and priorities and how that reflects in a daily plan. The authors experience shines in such insight as "time management is really SELF management".

I think the authors do a superb job of encouraging the reader to create a vision for life and then showing how to begin achieving that dream, in part, by crafting a schedule that will serve the reader, as opposed to the reader feeling that his/her day is out of control. Very helpful and encouraging.
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This book is me all the way. Too many uncompleted projects, time stretched too far and never enough time in the day. If this is you, I highly recommend this book. Love the little quotes along the way also.
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By Coralie on October 11, 2009
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Having the problem of chronic lateness (even if only 5-10 mins) inspired me to buy this book. I underestimated how many other aspects of my life this book would positively impact! It is very readable and full of inspiring and practical ideas of how to manage your time to make the most of life. I can see it's value for people in various working roles as well as stay at home mums or part timers. I am recommending it to all my friends, but can't bear to loan them my copy just yet!
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Co-authors Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims have decades of combined experience as professional organizers in South Florida. Their book is filled with stories, analogies, famous quotes, and proven techniques (e.g., Covey's four-quadrant model, prioritizing, de-cluttering, and rethinking the efficiency of multitasking.) Readers might feel as if they are enjoying an informal, nonjudgmental conversation with their own professional organizer.

One key idea underlying the book is the importance of time itself. Our decisions about how to spend time are really moment-to-moment decisions about how to live. Because those decisions are so personal, readers will benefit from the book's many opportunities for self-discovery. Without taking some time for inner reflection and some individual "aha" moments, readers are unlikely to make significant, permanent changes.

Here are some examples of self-discovery exercises:

* Each chapter ends with "Your Turn," encouraging readers to personally apply what they just read.

* Readers have the opportunity to consider their own goals (e.g., schedule, organization of workspace, organization of the home, etc.) and their own obstacles to achieving those goals.

* An appendix offers activities that could be used in a workshop, a book club, a discussion group, or other group formats.

Kudos to the authors for encouraging readers to maximize their time instead of wasting it. As Randy Pausch said, "Americans are very, very bad at dealing with time as a commodity. We're really good at dealing with money as a commodity... but we don't have time elevated to that. People waste their time."
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This book is full of the practical advice that we need to hear in the midst of our busy lives. "Organizing Your Day" helped me to define what my major goals are at this time, and also how to go about accomplishing them without becoming overwhelmed. I felt that it spoke well to my particular situation: I'm a homeschooling mother of four young children, but I think this book would also be helpful for men and women in many different situations. The authors did a good job of balancing examples and advice for people who are at home all day, and also those who work outside the home full time (men and women). Many of the examples they use are of men and women who have careers outside the home.

This is one book that I will read many times and refer to often!
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