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Time Management for the Creative Person: Right-Brain Strategies for Stopping Procrastination, Getting Control of the Clock and Calendar, and Freeing Up Your Time and Your Life Paperback – March 24, 1998
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* Learning to say no when your plate is just too full
* How to know when a good job, not a great one, is good enough
* Making "to do" lists that include fun stuff, too--that way you won't feel overwhelmed by work
* Time-saving techniques around the house that give you more time to get your work done and more time to spend with your loved ones
* The keys to clutter control that will keep your work space and your living space neat
With these and lots of other practical tips, Lee Silber will help anyone, from the time-starved caterer rushing to prepare for her next party to the preoccupied painter who forgets when the electric bill is due, make the most of their time and turn the clock and the calendar into friends, not foes.
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* Stop to smell the flowers (yes, he actually says this)
* Brush your dog or cat while watching your favorite TV show
* Choose plants that are easy to grow
* Make enough for two meals when you cook and freeze the second meal
* Use paper plates and cups
* Hire a cleaning service
* Get more sleep
Probably the worst piece of advice this book offers, though, is "the future will take care of itself." No, it won't, especially if a deadline is looming and the rent check is due! If you work in a creative field and are looking for advice about enhancing your creativity and/or better managing your time and projects, skip this book. It is a complete waste of time and money.
I got this book as a companion to the much more left-brained Julie Morgenstern's Organizing from the Inside Out. They are, for me, the perfect companions. Morgenstern helps me to figure out why things aren't working, but Silber is better (for me) at helping me to figure out how I can make my life more efficient and productive.
Silber's approach is based on some very useful quizzes, which help you to see the weaknesses and incompatibilities in your own organizational strategy. This enables you to create your own personalized, individual time management plan. I would estimate that the chapter "Timing is Everything" saves me about 2 hours of needless wandering around a week (grocery shopping on Tuesday or Wednesday really works). Tickler files (both daily and monthly) have transformed my life: I no longer lose bills, important pieces of paper, or track of things I want to do.
If other time management systems have failed you, give this one a try. It really works for me!
This book proposes that organization and time management strategies should be personalized and comfortable. They should be empowering, not restrictive, and make your life more relaxed, not more stressful. Until reading this book, I had not considered that this was possible. I have adopted many of the author's ideas and specific suggestions, and I have continued using them for over a year since I first read it. I've increased my freelance earnings, created a workspace I love to work in, and reduced the stress in my life. If you cringe at most time-management books, please read this one.