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3.0 out of 5 starsInteresting but not a lot of new information
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 April 2013
The good things first: the book is well-written and clearly-structured with important points highlighted and repeated as part of a summing-up at the end of each section. Plentiful examples help to make the author's points clear and her writing style is fluid and well-paced. There are also lots of good tips for maximising your time and productivity. However, many of these tips are fairly obvious and you might find yourself already doing them and not needing the book to tell you about them. Things like avoiding social networking sites if you have a lot of work to do or making lists which prioritise tasks that need to be completed first are probably things that most busy people already know, although a reminder can't hurt!
Another thing to note of is that the book seems to be aimed more at those in management; there is a lot of information about delegating tasks to others and not wasting your time doing them yourself - which most people, unless they have others to whom they can delegate and the authority to do so, cannot take advantage of. Points in a similar style include not arranging meetings unless they are absolutely essential and choosing which tasks you will take on and which you will refuse. (I don't know about you, but I know what my manager would have to say if I refused to do a task that she gave me, even if I did so politely as suggested by the author!). It is probably a useful book for a new manager, who is still getting their head around things like delegation, managing staff (and their own) time efficiently, and deciding when to have meetings and whom to invite; however, it's probably not that useful for the average minion out there, particularly if you have been busy for years, in which case you have probably already worked out strategies such as prioritising certain tasks and not wasting your time gossiping.
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 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.
3.0 out of 5 starsOkay-but do you need to waste the time reading this?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 April 2013
This is an American business book. So you know it's going to be jargon-heavy and full of so-caled rules which will transform your life if you follow them...But it will also have good, practical ideas in there, because these American business books always do. So the question is: Do the practicalities outweigh the jargon? Do you need this book? Well, this is what the book tells you...
Cut down things that waste your time at work, like pointless emails and inessential social interaction.
That's it. If you need it, this is the book for you. Of course, if you need help managing your time, you'll never find the time to finish the book...
Some good, practical ideas, actually- but nothing that will change your life. Okay. But not much more than that.
I was somewhat undecided about this book when I got it but I must say that I'm quite surprised and pleased to have read it.
There are a number of useful time management reminders which will come in useful for some of my colleagues (and I can apply a few to myself). I'd have to agree that you need to establish your priorities when it comes to work. It also is good for people who 'fritter' time away in work with matters not fully connected with their work.
With this book, you'll pick up some methods which can help you in the workplace. It isn't going to sort out everything for you.....that really starts with yourself.
For those people who haven't really dealt with Time Management before, this book may be of use to them.
There are some very useful pointers in this book, particularly about to-do lists and managing schedules. If you are already quite organised, or have already looked at ways to manage your work, you might not find anything that ground breaking, but there will still be something that you haven't thought about.
I particularly liked the HIT list and Master List approach she suggests for to-do list management, and she gives pointers for how to establish this in Outlook and other similar task managers. There are also plenty of ideas for how to manage the processing of new information that comes to you.
So I would say this book is useful but not ground breaking. I am implementing some of the ideas into my workflow and feel the benefits already.
3.0 out of 5 starsSimple advice but a little lacking
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 February 2013
There's some good basic advice in this thin little book, but if you've read any other time management books, or been on a course, then there's nothing new here that you won't have heard before about organising, delegating, prioritising and sorting your tasks. Or at least your office based tasks - this book won't help you sort the rest of your life out. And it probably won't help if you're not in a position where you can move tasks onto other people.
Some of the advice verges on the patronising - for example, marking email as "junk" or unsubscribing from mailing lists you don't read, but on the whole it is sensible stuff. But sorry, not life changing, and I can't see anyway of the tips gaining you 90 minutes a day, every day.