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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 – August 12, 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.
Top Customer Reviews
This reader failed to realize that this book wasn't written for people who are already organized or know the "common sense" things for organization. If organization was that "common sense," more people would be able to get their lives together instantaneously.
Morgenstern builds upon her previous best-seller hit, "Organizing from the Inside Out." For people who have read that book, I would agree that "Time Management" does not offer much else in addition to it. However, "Time Management" stands on its own on the reader from 2000 who gave it one star failed to recognize that this book stands on its own apart from her debut.
A few choice tips that I have found to have helped me:
- Estimate time for big projects: Most people underestimate the time it takes them to do things. It's better to overestimate or get as accurate a time frame as possible. If you overestimate, at least you'll have time to do other things; if you underestimate, you'll feel rushed and like you never have time for anything.
- The WADE formula: Readers of "Organizing from the Inside Out" know this formula well.
WRITE IT DOWN: Record your tasks in a planner or one area.
ADD IT UP: Estimate how long your projects will take.
DECIDE what you will do: delay, delegate, delete or diminish tasks.
EXECUTE YOUR PLAN: Put your plan into action.Read more ›
I sit here with a to-list. These lists are not new to me. I have kept to-do lists for a long time. They used to be simple lists like shopping lists.
Feed the pets
Clean litter pans
Organize (kitchen or filing cabinets or desk)
Write at least three pages in my novel
Prep for classes (I am a college instructor)
Clean house (Sort of goes with organizing)
After I read Time Management From the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern, my to lists changed and so did my schedule. For one thing, I began paying attention to how much time things took. I started timing projects.
I used to write A B or C beside each project. I had gone to a time management seminar once, and this was the one technique she gave. The projects marked "A" had to be done today. The projects marked "B" could or should be done today, but could be put off for another day. The projects marked "C" could be put off for now. B and C projects might move up the list tomorrow or the next day. I did this for years even though it did not work. It gave me permission to not get to projects when they were marked B or C. There was some 60/40 rule. Get to 60 percent of your to-do list and give yourself permission to drop the rest. Maybe the rule was 40/60. I don't remember. It wasn't working, but I knew no other way.
Then I read Morgenstern's book and she taught me a few tricks. Note that I finished readig the book over a month ago, so I have tried the tips. She asked her readers to pick three projects and to write beside each project the estimated time one had to spend on those projects. Then time the project. Is there a difference between expected time and actual time?
So I timed myself cleaning litter pans, making beds and correcting papers.Read more ›
The author makes time tangible and puts it into perspective. She makes you look at goal setting in a completely different way. In fact, she makes you look at your life in a different way.
I cannot recommend this book enough. This is the last time management book you will ever have to buy!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. I've read other books that give you tips on how to do more with your time, but don't really attack the root of the time management problem like this book does. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Isamarie Monreal
I love organizing and Julie is great. This book is older but still useful if you want to understand the dynamics of organizing things in your life and prioritizing your time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cindy
Its a great book. It explores different levels of how to tackle getting things done and identifies possible barriers (psychological as well) as to why we may not get them done so... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have wanted to read this book for long time and at last I bought it. I read it immediately. I have learnt many things about how to manage my time, although I am not a newborn in... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Monika
In our family and businesses, we have all of her books. The best one we recommend to start with is "Time Management from the Inside Out, Second Edition". Read morePublished 5 months ago by Japheth
I loved the book. I'm still a work in progress but at least I know what and how to do it.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer