What's more precious than your time?
Organizing Plain & Simple
Desk drowning in papers? No room for the
car in the garage? Santa still sitting on the roof in May? A less-is-more
philosophy is great, but we all still have way too much stuff. The home
office swallows up whole rooms, as does the family computer station. Then
there's the home gym, the TV room, and the playroom, not to mention our
collections - books, CDs, toys. Time management experts agree that when the
minor things that take up space in the mind are eliminated, there is room to
think about the big things. The same goes for the home. The visual clarity
that comes from de-cluttering rooms, finances, and time promotes mental
clarity, peacefulness, and contemplation. When everything is organized, it
is easier to enjoy the meaningful things in life.
How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life is, perhaps, the best
book on time management ever written. It does not waste your time but gets
right to the point. You must establish SMART (specific, measurable,
achievable, related/relevant, and time framed) goals for yourself and then
prioritize them using Lakein's A/C system. "A" goals are the most important
to you and you must plan on spending 80% of your time to achieve them. "C"
goals (TV, lawn care, shopping, etc.) are the place where most people
"waste" their lives and spend 80% of their time. This ratio must be
reversed, according to Lakein.
He would agree with E.E. cummings that "To be nobody but yourself in a world that is night and day trying to make you just like everybody else means to fight the hardest fight any human being can fight, and never stop fighting." Once we have set goals that utilize our unique talents and abilities, we will have the will power and determination to do the work necessary to achieve them.
To accomplish our goals Lakein recommends that we make a daily "to do" list and always start with "A's," not "C's." Most of our time is spent working harder on things that don't matter. We may be efficient, but Lakein suggests that our goal is to do what matters most and become effective. "Work smarter, not harder" is the mantra he wants us to repeat and couple that saying with his last piece of advice --"Do it now."
Stick your finger into this small book and any page you hit will have wise words to put into action. Learning comes from daily practice and developing habits that "put first things first," taken from Stephen Covey's best seller, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People -- also recommended is Covey's fine book on effective living appropriately titled First Things First.
Rarely has a book that costs so little paid such rich dividends. You won't be disappointed.
No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs
Don't Count Time, Make Time Count!
The One-Minute Organizer Plain & Simple
Every day, in every way,
you can get just a little more organized in just a few minutes.
The Procrastinator's Handbook: Mastering the Art of Doing It Now
Almost everyone procrastinates.
For most people, procrastination is a frustrating, troublesome habit they
know they should be able to overcome. Rita Emmett will inspire them to get
started, with advice drawn from her own experience as a "recovering
procrastinator" and that of people she has met at her acclaimed seminars. In
Rita Emmett's hands, self-improvement is as entertaining as it is rewarding.
How to Be Organized in Spite of Yourself: Time and Space Management That
Works With Your Personal Style
So often we wish we could be more organized; but, once the initial enthusiasm wears off (usually pretty quickly) we find it hard to follow through and stay organized. We can't understand why - when our intentions are good - we just can't seem to succeed in our quest for a more organized lifestyle.
When you read How To Be Organized In Spite of Yourself, you'll get a
feeling of light bulbs flashing in your mind. You'll recognize your
organizing and time management styles when you read about the ten different
styles described in the book. Once you understand how you may have been
working against your style, it will be easier to tackle the next organizing
effort. You are more likely to succeed when you adapt the methods most
suited to your own personal style. So instead of working against yourself,
you'll find it much easier to follow through and get things done.
The Organizing Sourcebook
Are piles of stuff cluttering your flat
surfaces? Do you ever clean up one pile only to have another one reappear?
Does it seem like everyone else is more organized than you are? Are you sick
and tired of feeling like your life is out of control?
Time Tactics of Very Successful People
A new approach to time
management focusing on how highly successful people get their work done
without sacrificing the life they live.
Praise for Organizing For Dummies "This book is a wealth of valuable
information, written in clear common-sense language. I wish I could have had
this book years ago!" — Scott Baumruck, Executive Vice President, COO, Paper
Industry Management Association "Organizing For Dummies covers it all…. This
book will save you time, money, and many headaches." — Lillian Vernon,
Founder and Chief Executive Officer — Lillian Vernon Corporation
Get the scoop on how to stay cyberorganized
Since it was first published, The Time Trap, by internationally known
authority Alec Mackenzie, has indeed become The Classic Book on Time
Management, as proclaimed in its subtitle. Based on the theory that
self-management is the key to handling the time crunch that we all face, it
focuses primarily on Mackenzie's 20 biggest time wasters, such as telephone
interruptions, the inability to say "no," and personal disorganization, and
offers clear step-by-step ways to combat them. The updated third edition
also includes information on time problems caused by technology, downsizing,
Can't say no? Reluctant to delegate? Information overload? More and more people today are finding their time clogged up with endless activities and responsibilities, and their work lives spinning out of control. No matter how hard they try to get things done...there's never enough time!
Now practical, realistic solutions to the problem are spelled out clearly and concisely in this new edition of the classic book on time management. The Time Trap shows readers how to squeeze the optimal efficiency-and satisfaction-out of their workday as they learn how to:
** recognize how human nature is usually the root cause of dwindling time
** pinpoint and combat the 20 most tenacious time-wasters
** avoid the technology trap and so-called "time-savers"
** choose realistic goals and regain control of their life
** use time management techniques for professional and personal success
Based on decades of research with businesspeople around the world, The Time Trap is filled with smart tactics, hard-hitting interviews, and handy time management tools. With a half million copies sold in previous editions, it's the most popular time management toolkit available.
Time Management from the Inside Out, second edition : The Foolproof
System for Taking Control of Your Schedule--and Your Life
updated and expanded edition of the definitive guide to managing and freeing
The Book For People Who Do Too Much
"Hard work never killed anybody." This conviction built our great nation and made it the star-spangled superpower that it is. But Bradley Trevor Greive (BTG) wants us to know when enough's enough! Funny and perceptive, The Book for People Who Do Too Much reminds us that, in fact, hard work has killed a whole bunch of people. It has also caused premature aging, unsightly baldness, and explosive indigestion and is responsible for a lot of very questionable fashion statements. Too many people drive themselves beyond reasonable limits to do more, have more, and be more. BTG points out that ironically, they actually end up with a lot less. "It's like climbing mountain after mountain and never taking the time to look at the view," he says. With his trademark combination of engaging animal photos, gentle humor, and priceless insights, BTG urges us to have the courage to say NO, and to learn to use this liberating two-letter word in a way that is amusing and empowering and won't offend. Saying no can sound selfish, but by saving time to enjoy our lives and pursue our true passions, we'll ultimately have a lot more of ourselves to share with those who are most special to us.
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