May 22, 2007
I’m currently reading a really good book entitled Take Back your Life - using Microsoft Outlook to get Organized and Stay Organized by Sally McGhee. Like most people I get a lot of e-mail and I’m looking at ways to manage my time in such a manner that I can get the chance to deal with e-mail effectively. I’m hoping that by using the techniques in this book as well as the ClearContext Information Management System (IMS) I will be able to more productive.
The book synopsis reads as follows:
Unrelenting e-mail. Conflicting commitments. Endless interruptions. In Take Back Your Life!, productivity expert Sally McGhee shows you how to take control and reclaim something you thought you’d lost for ever your work-life balance. Now you can benefit from Sallys popular and highly regarded corporate education programs, learning simple but powerful techniques for rebalancing your personal and professional commitments using the productivity features in Microsoft Outlook.
Learn the proven methods that will empower you to:
- Clear away distractions and loose ends and focus on what’s really important to you and your business.
- Take charge of your productivity using techniques and processes designed by McGhee Productivity Solutions and implemented in numerous Fortune 500 companies.
- Customize and exploit the productivity features in Microsoft Outlook to help you create balance at home and on the job.
When you change your approach, you can change your results. So learn what thousands of Sallys clients worldwide have discovered about taking control of their everyday productivity and start transforming your own life today!
About the Author
A recognized thought leader and innovator in the field of productivity management. Sally McGhee has trained thousands of people in the corporate environment. She has 25 years’ experience as a consultant and an executive coach, and is the founder and managing partner of McGhee Productivity Solutions
Book Contents at a Glance:
Part One: Laying the foundation
Chapter One: Change your Approach, Change your Results
Chapter Two: What is Personal Productivity?
Chapter Three: The Three Phases for Creating an Integrated Management System
Part Two: The collecting phase
Chapter Four: Setting up your approved collecting points
Chapter Five: Clearing the mind
Part Three: The Processing and Organizing phase
Chapter Six: Introducing the Planning and Action Categories
Chapter Seven: Processing and Organizing your Task List
Chapter Eight: Setting up your reference system
Chapter Nine: Processing and Organizing your e-mail
Part Four: The Prioritizing and Planning Phase
Chapter Ten: Prioritizing and Planning
The first concept I’ve learnt about is the 4 D’s for decision making, which outline 4 possible options you have when it comes to e-mails as listed below:
- Do it
- Delete it
- Delegate it
- Defer it
Will certainly be blogging about the key concepts I come across in the book as I continue to go through it.· Email this article · Comments (2) · Permalink · Categories: Books