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2.0 out of 5 starsSome good tips, but mainly unrealistic advice
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 February 2013
I was really interested in what this book had to offer as I am always looking for more efficient ways of working. From very early on in the book when the author thanked god for their success I began to worry about the content of the book. Then, in one of the early chapters the author explained how to reduce work load, largely by delegating to members of staff lower down in the organisation. This is fine if you are in a large organisation, but not easy in an organisation of just 4 people or as a sole trader. I felt this was not really getting off to a good start as it didn't fit with my own experience.
A lot of the adviose which followed was good, but didn't really include anything I hadn't tried before. The setion whcih focused on the use of MS Outlook was great, as I have previously used Outlook at lot, but hae realised that it doesn't work on Outlook for Mac, which I am currently using - so sadly once again, the advice was not relevant.
So, I am sorry to say I couldn't really take much from this book. Maybe this is because I have been in search of time saving tips for many years already and so this book just covers old ground for me.
If you use MS Office and have no idea of how to manage you time try this book, if not, then you probably know most of this already.
Overall this is a very useful book, with helpful reminders of time management techniques equally applicable in the workplace or at home (although most of the examples are given at work). I really liked her chatty style, up to date examples and chapter summaries.
Over the years, I have read many books about time management, have run training sessions and consider myself to be relatively organised and efficient so wondered what else I'd learn. The answer is three fold:
1) that it never hurts to be regularly reminded of techniques and to brush up where you've got into bad habits 2) that you need to give time to modern technology to use its full potential as calendars/filing systems/jotters etc 3) once you have established your priorities in a particular setting e.g. work, that you need to triage the demands on your time according to your priorities (just like a doctors surgery would do allocating difficult tasks to specialists and delegating less complicated/routine tasks e.g.to nurses
I shall be dipping into this again and again to reassess my time management- might even set it up as a recurring quarterly task in outlook!
3.0 out of 5 starsWhat to do When There's Too Much to do
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 March 2013
I'm always interested in books about time management but they tend to become rather repetitive after a while and this is no exception. It's all about prioritising, avoiding distractions, not spending time on networking sites, not gossiping with work colleagues etc. If you already do all of these then you would find it easy to save the ninety minutes a day as highlighted on the cover of this book.
Yes there are some good ideas in this book and it is written in inspiring language which may just inspire you to change your work habits so that you can streamline what you do and be more productive and efficient. That's what time management is all about. We all have too much to do and not enough time to do it in therefore you have to make the best use of the time available to you.
If you want a short and simple book about time management at work then this is probably as good as any. I'm maybe a bit jaded as I read many books about time management.
3.0 out of 5 starsIf you're new to the Workplace this might be the one for you
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 April 2013
Honestly I think the title says it all. This was not helpful for me. However I passed this book on to the daughter of a friend who is 22 years old and starting her first office-based job after graduation and thought it was very helpful. She felt it would help her feel less swamped and as she has never given a single thought to time-management past 'essay crises' it was the perfect book for her.
If you work away from the office, from home or if you've looked into TM and already have any simple strategies of your own or have been on any courses - even one of the basic ones I would say you won't learn anything from this one. It's also heavily laden with American jargon (which doesn't bother me - but if you hate that - be aware).
To be fair it really was very well received by a beginner - she not only read it - she passed it on to a friend in the same situation who loved the section on time-wasting meetings! By the same token though the book blurb doesn't really make it clear that those beginners are the perfect market for the book.
I am all too guilty of buying these sort of 'life guides' and 'self-improvement' manuals and then never getting around to properly reading or implementing any of the ideas. I suspect I am not alone in this...
I can be a prevaricator who tends to tackle busy times and large volumes of work through head on aggression and energy rather than stealth or guile. So for me, this book is great - a mercifully short, no-nonsense guide to squeezing greater productivity from your day.
It clearly outlines in simple language how to take a more strategic approach on using your hours in the office. yes, it is a bit American to the British ear and there probably isn't much here that will rock the world of time management (so if you have other books/methodologies you like, probably stick with them) but I found some of the tips and tricks both interesting and genuinely useful.
So far i've read all of Mark Forsters books, all of David Allens books, Owen Fitzpatricks book, Steven Covey's First things First and now this one. There really isnt very much new to add to this plethora of time managment material. Like so many others have said, you need to schedule time to organise yourself and eliminate the distractions, have a closed targeted list, focus on quadrant 2 activites (important not urgent) and then structure your day to execute against your tasks - each of these books offers a system around each of these high value activities - it seems that the 5 star reviewers have found Lauras system to be the one for them. I think its worth a go.
Following are the books that gave me the most bang for my buck: Do it Tomorrow and Other Secrets of Time Management First Things First Getting Things Done: How to Achieve Stress-free Productivity
I am in two minds about this book. I think it could be really useful for some people... And if you don't already know the stuff in this book, it's essential reading. But, I think the people for whom this book would be most useful (those who don't know how to prioritise, people who can't say 'no', people who don't realise how much time they fritter away on social networks and the Internet...) would probably never bother to read this book. And those who need help the most (people desperately trying to juggle the equivalent of three jobs while keeping a happy homelife - who I think are the main market for this kind of book) will be disappointed that the advice is mostly very obvious and things they've been doing for years anyway.
It's reasonable advice and fine as it goes, but it will not turn you into superman (or superwoman). Which unfortunately is what think a lot of us, however misguidedly, are hoping to learn how to do.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 February 2013
It is a fact that when you retire you seem to have even less time than when you had a full time job. I thought that this book would cover the entire spectrum of life but instead it concentrates on your life in an Office and the necessary interaction of meetings, projects and deadlines. I have been in the situation where the constant telephone and emails just resulted in you achieving absolutely nothing in a project based IT environment and suggested at the time that just doing away with the telephone would increase my throughput dramatically but unfortunately just had to put up with it. I did a very good time management course during my working life and knew almost all the information in this book but nevertheless it was a good read. A book titled " What to do when there's not enough time left" is what I need now.
5.0 out of 5 starsGet off the internet and do some work....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 February 2013
I really enjoyed this refreshing book by Laura Stack. Unlike some time management books which simply propose rather complex sounding systems for organising your time, Stack does this but ALSO offers golden advice for timewasters such as myself: stop chatting to your office colleagues, stop taking so long to make tea, stop reading rubbish on the internet and turn off social media sites.
In fact i ended up taking far more from the simple suggestions about not wasting time than I did any of the complicated algorithms for deciding what to work on next. From handling micromanagement (a real generator of extra emails) to her funny take on the four hour work week to questioning how much your business blog is costing you in time... to just turning your chair away from the door.... A really good, energetic, energising book. Well worth a read, really really.
4.0 out of 5 starsGood advice (but most of it is common sense?)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 May 2013
Laura Stack has produced a clearly written and sensible book about time management. A lot of the advice is particularly pertinent for office-based workers, but may not be as relevant in other fields.
She covers prioritising, avoiding unnecessary tasks, avoiding distractions, removing bottlenecks in your work process, dealing with emails effectively and looking after yourself in order to be productive. All of this is common sense - but, as we all know, common sense isn't *that* common.
Like any book of this type, some will get more out of this than others, but even if it covers things you may already know, Laura's approach may well give you the boost you need to take action on these issues; at the very least it will help you evaluate how well you use your time and give good, clear pointers on using it more effectively.