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Time Management For Dummies?, 2nd Edition (For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback)) Paperback – May 26, 1999
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From the Back Cover
"Jeffrey Mayer does the impossible. He makes time management fun and offers solid suggestions on how to get 65 minutes out of every hour." New Jersey Business "The most tangible and immediate result of Mayer's work is a clean, organized desk where once there was a cluttered nightmare." Chicago Sun-Times "Jeffrey Mayer is the messy manager's solution to piles of files." Newsweek
Filled with Time-Saving Tips to Get You Organized!
Accomplish More In Less Time Do you come into the office early, stay late, and work weekends? Do you spend so much time in meetings or putting out fires that you don't have enough time for your important work? If you answered "Yes" to either of these questions and want to become more efficient, effective, and productive, the steps you need to take are in this book. Jeffrey J. Mayer, dubbed "Mr. Neat the Clutterbuster" by USA Today, provides you with hundreds of timesaving ideas, techniques, and strategies to help you save at least an hour a day including the latest on time-management tools as well as brand-new tips on organizing your life at home and getting more out of your time on the road. His common sense approach to time management will get you organized, make you more productive, and get you home for dinner.
Save at least an hour a day and discover how to:
- Organize your desk and files in just a few hours
- Master your day by creating a Master List for tasks
- Prioritize your business and personal life with a daily planner
- Put your calendar, Rolodex, and to-do list inside your computer
- Optimize your time on the phone and with voice mail and e-mail systems
- Improve your ability to communicate effectively
- Set goals for yourself and keep them!
About the Author
About the Author Jeffrey J. Mayer is one of the country's foremost authorities on time management. His Chicago-based firm, Mayer Enterprises, provides time-management consulting to many Fortune 500 companies including Ameritech, Sears, Roebuck & Co., and R.R. Donnelley. He has been featured extensively in the media, including interviews by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, and Fortune. He has appeared on the Today Show, CNN, CNBC, and ABC News and is the bestselling author of If You Haven't Got the Time To Do It Right, When Will You Have the Time to Do it Over?, Hungry Minds' ACT!® 4 For Windows® For Dummies®, and Success Is a Journey. He is the publisher of the ACT! in ACTion newsletter which is also published online at ACTnews.com.
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Fundamentally, this is not a time management book. The author spends a few chapters contradicting himself about the basics of time management (write a to-do list but that won't work so use a planner but that won't work so try your computer). He then focuses on a litany of topics unrelated to time management: "staying comfortable on your flight," "use pictures, graphs and charts to enhance your presentation," "ten ways to avoid killing a sale."
Oh, and he even mistold an anecdote on Calvin Coolidge. When confronted by a person determined to coax more than two words from him, Coolidge allegedly responded "You lose" (not "Nope").
This book really isn't about time management, and should be titled "Organization for Buisnessman for Dummies."
Most of the information was not very useful to me, and what was I had to adopt because it was written strictly from a buisnessman's perspective. For example, there is a part about cleaning out your breifcase; I can use some of that for tips on cleaning out my backpack, but in his writing he doesn't even hint that someone beyond a buisnessman would be reading this book.
Beyond that, the book really doesn't have much on time management at all. The whole first section is on getting your workplace clean and organized, the second section is on keeping your "Master List," which is really just a to-do list. (The great thing about that is he mentions using it in the first section when your cleaning things out, even though he has yet to explain it.) Apparently, all you need to do is be organized and time management will magically fall into place. Also, as other reviewers said, the end sections aren't even related. There is a section on planning your out-of-town travel and another one traveling abroad. These don't really effect my time management skills, and really don't belong in this book.
I'd recommend this book if you are a buisnessman in need to get organized. Other than that, skip it.
The author is too unclear about what he does recommend... and then he doesn't stick with the recommendations that he is clear with. He contradicts himself too much. Makes you wonder if anyone ever proofed the book BEFORE it went to press.
Also, this book is a bit old now .... but the subject is still relevant. I hope that a new T.M. for Dummies comes out again... but with a different author.
.... oh, and the only reason I gave this 2 stars was for the cheatsheet at the beginning of the book. The email & voice mail hints are basic and simple common sense...but there are some that never quite get those hints until they are pointed out to them.