- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (November 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340909129
- ISBN-13: 978-0340909126
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mark Forster is full-time life coach. He frequently runs workshops and seminars specialising in time management.
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I learned a lot. I learned about the daily planner, the priority matrix, the time audit spreadsheet, the task management apps, the 43 folders, and much, much more. These are all great tools in the right context, but the greatest take-away I got from all of this reading and training was: There is no limit to how complicated, expensive, and labor-intensive a time management system can be. In fact, if misused, a time management system can be a good way to hide from the work you're supposed to be doing - whether that's what you intended or not. Time and again I found myself drowning in administrative overhead while still feeling overwhelmed and ineffective.
I tried to cobble my own system together out of bits and pieces of other systems, but something was still missing: Direction. A framework. An overall strategy. That's what Do It Tomorrow provides. DIT provides the framework in which I can use whatever tools I need, without getting hung up on anything that doesn't meet my needs. No more plotting all of my tasks in a priority matrix to figure out what I should do first. DIT encourages simplicity.
I will say that DIT is easier if you are already familiar with the most popular time management tools. The book doesn't go into much detail on those; to do so would be a distraction (and quickly become outdated). The point is not the tools, but how you use them. From the reviews here, I can see that this could be a problem for those who have not already been dabbling in this area for a long time. The only advice I can offer those people is to not only learn about different kinds of time management tools (the internet is full of information about them), but also to be willing to give up a favorite tool if it's getting in the way.
The other thing I loved was his whole lizard on a rock analogy, and how a lizard on a rock is just responding to life events (danger, I'd better move, tasty bug, I'd better stick out my tongue and eat it) This was just the right pep talk for me at this point in my life. It suddenly made the whole idea of having goals, large and small, critically important to me. The lizard might live to a ripe old age and be perfectly content, but I really recoil at the idea of being so reactive to the world. And yet, all these goals I had ten years ago, I haven't got any where with them because I haven't actually worked on the goal.
Finally, he talks about how people THINK they need will power, and the ability to force themselves to muscle through their tasks, but actually they need to design systems that are effortless and that support them in achieving their objectives.
Anyway, this book combined with Getting Things Done by David Allen can really transform your life.