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  • Best time/self management book (other than Dave's) you read

    Hello all,

    I was just wondering, other than GTD, which was the best time management, self management, goal management book you have ever read.

    I personally have found that GTD has been by far the most helpful to me, largely because it provides the nuts and bolts of organization/time management. I need it spelled out for me in detail, not lofty ideas with no real direction on how to apply them.

    I am searching for similar types of books on other topics, like goal setting and self management, etc.

    I readily admit to being a time management junky. However, of all of my habits I do not consider this a bad one. In my chosen profession, research science, I am totally self managed, and understanding how to inflict order on my world, and how to manage myself, is a necessity. Otherwise I would fall behind and eventually fall out. I hate to say it, but wasting time and energy is common in science. I am sure there are many of you out there in the same situation (responsible for your own management and motivation).

    Since I have started this thread, I guess I ought to contribute. I can't say its the best, but one that ranks high is Time Managment Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern. The ideas of grouping and organization have been very helpful to me. Also, Organization from the Inside Out, by the same author, is good. I will cogitate on this and post again when I go through my cache of books ( I have a few).

    Thanks for the advice,

    Valerie

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    As a follow-up on GTD book, I'm currently re-reading The Procrastinator's Handbook by Rita Emmett. You see, I have a problem with "Doing."

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    • #3
      Re: Best time/self management book (other than Dave's) you r

      Originally posted by neuroist
      Hello all,

      I was just wondering, other than GTD, which was the best time management, self management, goal management book you have ever read.
      "The Effective Executive." This is by far, the best one I've read. In fact, David references some of Peter's stuff in his books.

      My big ah-ha from Peter Drucker is that productivity is the ability to "get the right things done."

      My favorite chapter in THIS book is the first one. It gave me hope as it promises, "Effectiveness Can Be Learned."

      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...ce&s=books

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      • #4
        I can't speak to his book, but Mark Forster has a lot of useful info on his website which makes a great complement to GTD. Check out:

        www.markforster.net/

        including his time management articles.

        www.markforster.net/index.php?view=15

        Scott

        Also check out a previous thread here on the same topic of
        Other Good Time Management Books:

        http://www.davidco.com/forum/viewtop...hlight=forster

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        • #5
          Re: Best time/self management book (other than Dave's) you r

          The Time Trap by Alec Mackenzie

          http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg.../-/081447926X/

          I read it before I read GTD, but I've found that it complements GTD very nicely. The ideas, tips, and techniques that Mackenzie presents are fantastic for handling things at the 10,000 ft level.

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          • #6
            Habit Busting

            Available in various ebook formats, including Palm Reader: Habit Busting. Really helped me to ingrain new productive habits while killing negative ones. Forget where I purchased it, but I found various sources by entering the words>> habit busting << and selecting my preferred ebook format, at http://ebooklocator.com/

            PamG

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            • #7
              I second the books by Julie Morgenstern (Organizing, Time Management from the Inside Out). Making a time map is a very illustrative exercise, even if (as I did) you realize that your life is not as orderly as a time map - which is why I love the GTD system. Still, it is helpful to clearly see on paper how much time one *really* has for all of the ideas rolling around in one's head.

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              • #8
                Bill Jensen's books are a must for GTDers

                Check out Bill Jensen. The Simplicity Survival Handbook should be on every GTDer's must read list. Profound, yet simple advice with a lot of humor in a very attractive format.

                Find it here:

                http://www.simplerwork.com/handbook.htm

                You can download sample chapters:
                • Chapter 2
                  How to Delete 75% of Your Emails
                  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                  Chapter3
                  How to Quickly Prepare to Communicate
                  with Anyone, About Anything
                  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                  Chapter 10
                  How to Say "No" to Anyone in Any Situation

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                • #9
                  To Do, Doing, Done

                  and

                  Your Best Year Yet (Jenny Ditzler)

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                  • #10
                    The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker

                    I highly recommend the Effective Executive by Peter Drucker.

                    It is a classic.

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                    • #11
                      Time mgt book

                      I would have to say that the "father" of time mgt books and I think the best is "How to Get Control of your Life" by Alan Larken. Many an idea has been lifted from this book.
                      Mike the Accountant

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                      • #12
                        Time Mgt Books

                        The thing I remember from Mr. Drucker's book is that working in blocks of 1 1/2 hours is effective. We need uninterrupted blocks of time. So 1.5 hr "on" and say .5 hr to return calls, doing other defined work or as it comes in.
                        Mike the Accountant

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                        • #13
                          Re: Time mgt book

                          Originally posted by Mike the Accountant
                          I would have to say that the "father" of time mgt books and I think the best is "How to Get Control of your Life" by Alan Larken. Many an idea has been lifted from this book.
                          Mike the Accountant
                          Excellent book if you are referring to the one by Alan Lakein with the title How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life.

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                          • #14
                            I love reading Brian Tracy’s “Eat that Frog” and Mackenzie’s “The Time Trap”. They get me all fired up, but I still haven’t figured out how to apply them to my day.

                            Dave

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                            • #15
                              The Power of Full Engagement - Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal.

                              Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz provide a different approach. No tips on how to file or process your inbox. They suggest that we should seek out stress, but follow it with the appropriate amount of recovery...that we should be sprinters, not marathoners. Be aware of your energy level and you'll make better use of your time.

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