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The Time Trap: The Classic Book on Time Management Paperback – Special Edition, June 17, 2009
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One of the all-time bestselling books on time management, The Time Trap has shown countless readers how to squeeze the optimal efficiency—and satisfaction—out of their work day. Based on decades of research with businesspeople around the world, The Time Trap shows readers how to:
• avoid so-called “time savers” that don’t really work
• set realistic goals and make commitments they can keep
• juggle multiple demands
• estimate time needed on new tasks
• pinpoint and combat the most tenacious time-wasters
• protect their priorities
• upgrade personal productivity for professional success
Filled with smart tactics, revealing interviews, and handy time management tools, the fourth edition has been extensively revised to include technology-based solutions to the challenges and opportunities we all face in the virtual world. For those who feel swamped by work and overwhelmed by information, this is the proven guide they need to get everything under control.
From the Back Cover
Suffering from information overload? Being asked to do too much? Can’t say no? If you’re finding your days clogged with endless activities and responsibilities and your work life spinning out of control, it’s time to employ some practical, realistic solutions to the age-old problem of “too much to do and too little time.”
This new fourth edition of the classic book on time management gives you more powerful methods for both maximizing efficiency and getting the most satisfaction out of your workday. In The Time Trap you’ll find out how to:
• Avoid so-called “time savers” that don’t really work.
• Set realistic goals and make commitments you can keep.
• Juggle multiple demands.
• Accurately estimate time needed on new tasks.
• Pinpoint and combat the most tenacious time-wasters.
• Protect your priorities.
Based on decades of research and interviews with businesspeople around the world—and extensively revised to include technology-based solutions to the challenges we all face in the virtual world—The Time Trap is loaded with smart tactics and priceless time management tools. Let this proven guide boost your personal productivity and professional success when time is not on your side.
Praise for Previous Editions of The Time Trap
“Alec Mackenzie provides an invaluable tool to anyone who wants to become more efficient. Here is a concise guide to the causes of poor time management, with both clear and creative methods for eliminating them.”
— Eleanor Brantley Schwartz, Chancellor, University of Missouri–Kansas City
“This edition is Dr. Alec Mackenzie’s best Time Trap book yet. He really understands the time traps that befall us all, and he provides answers that will make our lives more fruitful with less stress. I am delighted to be counted as a ‘disciple’ of his wisdom.”
— Jim Van Houten, General Manager, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.
Alec Mackenzie was an internationally known speaker, consultant, and expert on time management.
Pat Nickerson, President of EBI Inc., San Diego, is the author of Managing Multiple Bosses. Her seminars on time and priority management have attracted 180,000 managers and professionals—business, government, and military—worldwide.
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My primary complaint with the book is a complaint that I have with the entire genre. The authors are professional consultants. It is apparent from the writing, that these author do not know from personal experience what it is like to face an avalanche of high-priority responsibility, the 150 e-mails that arrive overnight including the 20 of varying urgency hidden within the pile that directly impact one's long-term objective. The discussion of e-mail and virtual tools is particularly naïve. On page 154 when addressing important e-mail issue #1 "High Volume" the authors state "it's not the interruptions that all you; it's the randomness of the interruptions . . . ", and then proceeds to offer a number of suggestions on how to schedule when to check e-mail. The authors completely sidestep the number one problem with e-mail, that is high volume. Those of us with enormous responsibilities, connected to people all over the world, from different organizations, with different work weeks, different cultures, different time zones and different priorities are struggling with setting priorities and managing time amidst a constant inflow of new information and new requests that we need a sound strategy for. This book does not provide much help, not because the situation we face is beyond help, but because the authors do not genuinely understand our situation.
The book emphasizes the importance planning tied to goal-setting, determining the priorities without which we can easily lose the motivation to work ahead. It also identifies 20 biggest time wasters and gives resolutions to avoid/overcome them.
Personally, I got the most benefit from the concept of "Ideal day" and "Time Log Analysis". Comparing my typical day to my ideal day and analyzing my typical day with the precise details in time log have helped me a lot.
business major should be handed as a survival guide in the corporate world. Even though it has been updated, it is still a little outdated. I was given this book to read, and was delighted to know that I am already doing several of these time saving tasks. I only wish I was given this when I first entered corporate America.I had to learn from several mistakes while swimming in the river of d' nile (denial). This is a must read for any Corporate, high tech, or customer driven professional