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Time Management from the Inside Out, Second Edition: The Foolproof System for Taking Control of Your Schedule -- and Your Life Paperback – September 1, 2004
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“Everything you need to know about reclaiming your life from your busy schedule is contained in Julie's wonderful new book.” ―Cheryl Richardson, author of Take Time for Your Life
“Time Management from the Inside Out is an outstanding resource in the process of being ready to live at a higher level. It won't just help you manage your time, it will help you manage your life. A valuable read!” ―Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One-Minute Manager and Leadership by the Book
“If I had had Julie Morgenstern's tips on how to organize my workload and prioritize my days, balancing my growing business and family life would have been much easier.” ―Lilian Vernon, Chairman and CEO, Lilian Vernon Corporation
From the Back Cover
-- identify your personal preferences and styles
-- determine how long tasks really take
-- eliminate, delegate, and streamline tasks
-- stop procrastinating, once and for all
-- put an end to chronic lateness
-- put technology to work for you
-- stick to your schedule while maintaining flexibility
-- cope with the constancy of unexpected change
Time management is a skill that anyone can learn. Take control of your schedule, connect the activities of your daily life to your most important big-picture goals, and live the life of your dreams.
- Publisher : Holt Paperbacks; 2nd edition (September 1, 2004)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0805075909
- ISBN-13 : 978-0805075908
- Item Weight : 12.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.07 x 0.83 x 9.28 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #71,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Had I not read any of the others, I might have given this book 4 stars. It covers a lot of concepts well - such as good enough over perfect, fixing time and flexing scope, the importance of estimating how long things take, and doing incremental planning.
I also like that this is one of the few books that actually encourages taking measurements of how you spend your time to get an accurate baseline. This is really important, and not many other books talk about this.
Some things that I disagree with - assigning a spot in the calendar for every task. I'm also not a fan of the 'planner' that the author espouses.
Overall the book is good, but if I had to recommend 1 book on time management to someone, it would probably be 'Getting Results the Agile Way' by JD Meier, which is an excellent book. I also found Getting Things Done, Zen to Done, Personal Kanban, and the Pomodoro Technique to be very good reads as well. If you really want to have a top notch system, I'd recommend all of them - in which case you can safely skip this book.
Don't get me wrong, it's good, there are just better books out there.
Some of the concepts you learn from Time Management can be applied to stuff, making the other books a lot easier to apply. We love this book so much, we incorporate the concepts it in our company management training as well as at home with our kids. By the end of the first two sections, you really feel like you're on a roll and become excited about getting the rest of your life into gear simply because you have found the time to make it happen. By the time you reach the end of the book, you really feel encouraged and confident simply by having followed through on how Morgenstern guides you through getting your time organised.
This book is definitely a game changer for everyone who uses the advice, but you have to actually do it. My family and I highly recommend this book.
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For my particular issues, her most useful suggestions were:
(a) avoid setting unrealistic deadlines for yourself and either build in the time that your natural rhythm demands or re-evaluate whether you need to do that particular job;
(b) learn to time errands accurately (getting it wrong means not assigning enough time, leading to panic, or assigning too much, leading to procrastination).
(c) assign a specific time to each task - as you would assign a place for an object in your home - rather than just plan to do it "this week"
(d) never use more than one planner - use the same one at home and at work.
One star removed for too extensive a discussion of types of planners.
Practical Systems and Suggestions to improve your overall chances to succeed. Really enjoyable.
Guida il lettore lungo un percorso che lo aiuta inizialmente a liberarsi degli arretrati per poi concentrarsi sulle cause che lo hanno portato alla situazione di difficoltà in cui si trova (non conoscenza delle regole base del TM, ambiente di lavoro caotico e non strutturato, i propri comportamenti ed attitudini). Quindi lo stimola alla individuazione degli obiettivi che sostengono la sua motivazione di lungo termine, ad articolarli in macro attività e quindi in compiti elementari (task).
Lo aiuta a definire il proprio "budget del tempo" (Time Map) e a trasformarlo in una agenda tipo (giornaliera, settimanale) da utilizzare per pianificare l'evasione nel corso del tempo delle attività in entrata (posta, email, verbali di riunione, richieste verbali, progetti, obiettivi, ecc.), una volta valutate secondo criteri come importanza, urgenza, durata, delegabilità, .
Infine, mostra come è possibile migliorare e rendere flessibile il proprio Time Management, proprio grazie al continuo monitoraggio dei consuntivi sull'uso del tempo rispetto alla Time Map iniziale.
Non ultimo, mostra come integrare la gestione del tempo di lavoro con quella del tempo di vita (personale e famigliare) in modo da cercare di raggiungere un miglior equilibrio e benessere complessivi.
Un pò più lungo dei manuali "10 regole X", ma fate un uso migliore del vostro tempo se lo preferite a quelli.