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The Complete Idiot's Guide (R) to Managing Your Time by Jeff Davidson

Sometimes life seems like one long day--kids to school, parents to work, kids to soccer practice and piano lessons, evening activities, business appointments. And weekends?! Weekends are when you catch up on all the things you didn't get done during the week! Whether you're an office worker under a pile of clutter or a stay-at-home parent who wonders where the day goes, The Complete Idiot's Guide(R) to Managing Your Time, Third Edition will help you create and execute a plan for reclaiming your life! With information for everyone from executives to retirees to time-pressed volunteers, this book will help you get more out of your day--and your life!

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About Jeff Davidson


Jeff Davidson is a popular speaker at annual conventions and private company conferences, speaking on topics vital to success in today's ultra-competitive marketplace. Jeff's forte is helping people manage information and communication overload. His most requested topics include: Managing the Pace with Grace Relaxing at High Speed Managing Multiple Priorities Creating More Space and Time in Your Life Jeff has addressed almost every industry, from aviation to zoology, and has spoken to individuals in administration, law, banking, education, finance, government, health care, manufacturing, retailing, and wholesaling. He has also addressed charitable organizations, executive round tables, and partner's programs. His client list includes many companies among the Fortune 500, and national and international associations and organizations including AOL Online, Bank of America, Swissotel, Allied Signal, IBM, American Express, Westinghouse, Dollar Rent-a-Car, and Wells Fargo as well the IRS, National Association of Realtors, and American Congress of Health Care Executives. Companies who have retained Jeff as a consultant or speaker have reported impressive results. His consulting and speaking career has taken him to six countries and 44 states (he stands ready to speak in Washington State, Idaho and Utah as well as Arkansas, Alabama, and Mississippi!). Jeff also is the author of 31 books. Besides The Complete Idiot's Guide to Managing Your Time, he has written five other books in the series including: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Change Management, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Reinventing Yourself, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Managing Stress, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Reaching Your Goals, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Assertiveness. Jeff is a frequent television and radio talk show guest appearing on CNBC, Late Night with Charlie Rose, America in the Morning, Money Radio, Sun Radio, and the Australian Broadcasting Company. He's been interviewed/cited countless times in the Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times. The hallmark of Jeff Davidson's books, keynote presentations, and media appearances is an insatiable quest to find an easier way to accomplish goals, a versatile intellect, an empathetic perspective, and an extraordinary capability to focus on the current issues and obstacles blocking the path of today's career professionals. These qualities are all brought to bear as Jeff actively engages, stimulates, and inspires both his readers and his audiences. The result is an enjoyable, educational, uplifting experience. For more information on Jeff's presentation visit http://www.BreathingSpace.com, send him an email: Jeff@BreathingSpace.com or call 919-932-1996

Table of Contents


I. THE BIG CLOCK IS TICKING. 1. The Overtime Epidemic: How to Nip It in the Bud. Staying Longer: Not the Answer. A Time-Pressured Decade. Part-timers, Students, and Homemakers Are Not Exempt. Day Is Done. Leave Now, Feel Good All Evening. Expect the Unexpected.2. Strategies for Survival. Your Plan and Welcome to It. Cut a Deal with Yourself. Now It's Time to Say Goodnight.3. Time Flies Whether You Want It to or Not. To a Long and Healthy Life. When Limits Help. The Time-Theft Culprit. Oblivion Starts Here. New Routines for New Perspectives. Jeff Davidson's Ten Steps to Kick Electronic Addiction. Easy Math for Reclaiming Your Time. Confusion Contusion.4. Time-Binding Dilemmas That Can't Be Ignored. Nearly Everyone Is Feeling Time-Pressure. We Want Our Time Back! Knowledge by the Ton. The Hierarchy of Input. Drawing Upon Accumulated Knowledge and Wisdom. Choices Beyond Counting. The Weight of the World. Cheaper by the Billions.5. A Crowded House. People, Roads, and Gridlock. Having to Wait. Time-Shifting 101. Shopping Secrets of the Unfrazzled.6. Slowing the Pace of the Rat Race. Your Self-Esteem Is Beside the Point. Rain Barrels Keep Falling on My Head. Sit and Ponder. A Formula for Slowing Down. Deficit-Spending Is a No-No. Choices Beyond Practicality. Choices over the Top. Your Time, Your Decision. Be Your Own Consultant. Exhibiting Your Inner Wisdom.II. APPOINTING YOURSELF IN CHARGE. 7. What Matters Most to You? Corporate Creations. The List of Life. Actions Speak Louder Than Words. Minimize for Maximum Value.8. Sustaining Your Priorities for Fun and Profit. Wanting What You Have. Sticking to the Path. Building in Positive Reinforcements. Straying or Staying on Course? Long-Term Versus Short-Term Tasks. Master List Software. The Hit Parade. The KMCS Daily Planner. Caveats with All Scheduling Tools. Old Standbys: Paper and Pencil.9. Buying Yourself Some Time. Danger Ahead. "Doing It All" Is Costly. Time Is Short; Money Is Replenishable. Maid for You. Your Service System in 10 Easy Steps.10. Becoming a Snooze-Savvy Sleeper. The Brain Keeps Track. Sleep Deprivation: A Disaster in the Making. Getting Your REM Sleep. Catching Up on Sleep: Myth or Reality? Got Sleep? To Sleep Some More or Not? Get Rested. Road Rest. Well-Rested and Ready.III. TAKING BACK YOUR TURF. 11. Loaning Yourself Out Less and Being Happier Because of It. Finished? Here's More! Teach Your Boss. Calendar, Calendar on the Wall, Who's Overcommitted Most of All? Simplification = Freedom. Eliminating Unwanted Mail.12. The Efficiently Organized Office. Crack That Whip. Control Your Desk, or It Will Control You. Items Worth Acquiring. A Workout for the Cyber Set. Be the First on Your Block: Master Your Shelves. Filing Finesse.13. Surround Yourself to Win. The Ergonomics of It All. Setting Up Your Home Office. Variety Rules. Home Offices Require Quiet.14. Becoming a Filing Wizard. To File or Not to File. Tools to Help Simplify. Paper Abounds. Mr. Lakein's Junk Drawer. Questions About Paper. Discarding the Discardable. Filing to Preserve Your Sanity. Creating Files in Advance. Sheltering Homeless Files.15. Top Time-Management Tools Revealed. Getting Ahead of Yourself? I, Rulemaker. Speaking of High Productivity. Useless Options. Look Mom-No Hands! Flying the Quiet Skies. Conversation Worth Saving. Mobile Data Phones.IV. CONNECTING TO OTHERS. 16. Staying in Touch Too Much. Interruptions Abound. Disturbances We All Could Do Without. Is Constantly Keeping in Touch Too Much? I'll Concede, a Few Valid Uses Exist. A Cell Phone Fetish? Beeper Intrusions. Use and Not Abuse. A Message Hierarchy. Are You Sending Messages?.17. Email: No Worse a Curse (Than Beepers). The Email Avalanche. Spamination (Spam-a-Nation). Bamming Spam. Our First Subject: The Subject Line. Follow the Instructions. One-Way Messaging.18. Mastering Email So That It Doesn't Master You. Brevity Is the Soul of Email Wit. Keep Your "CC's" to a Minimum. Showing Your Responsiveness. The Best Managers Still Delegate. Working Offline to Increase Your Productivity Online. The Elements of Effective Online Management. Coordinating Your Software.19. An Internet You Can Live With. Who's on First. Information Overload Exacerbated. Pay the Piper. Customize the News and Information You Receive. Is Privacy Still Possible? Ordering Online. Misinformation Is Not Pretty. The Search Is On. A Return Visit. The Best Leave Clues. Hard-to-Find Information Though Newsgroups. Making Newsgroups Work for You. The Internet in Perspective.V. THINKING YOUR WAY OUT OF TIME TRAPS. 20. Up Your Mail IQ. The Cornerstones of Speedy Correspondence. Working with the Postal Service. A System of Timely Responses.21. Decide or Let It Ride. Choices (and Decisions) on the Rise. Action Is Invigorating. Listen to Your Inner Voice. Procrastination Is a Temptress. Decisions Disguised as Problems. Shop and Compare.22. Concentration: A Largely Lost Art. Multitasking Is Risky Business. Curbing the Urge. Twice as Much. Be Effective, Never Mind Busy. Dare to Focus. Distraction Can Be Handled. Anxiety Tugs. Let's Play Concentration. Some Combos Work.23. Treading Lightly-And Loving It. The Benefits of Paring. Case by Case. Discarding over Time. Retain What You'll Use: The Replacement Principle. Traveling Light in Actual Traffic. Commuting by Carrier. The Ever Powerful Palmtop.VI. YOUR RELATIONSHIP, YOUR TIME, AND YOUR SANITY. 24. The Couple Corner: Finding (or Making) Time for Each Other. Routine and Regimen. Connectedness Takes Work. Your Partner or the Rest of the World. The Male Factor. See in a Different Light. Your Relationship: Job 1. Ideas Galore.25. Calling All Parents. Time and Effort: Payoff Forever. It's a Different World. Contradicting the Assumptions. Focus on Your Children. The Too Much Trap. The Kids Can Pitch In. Kids and Their Homework Habits. A Strong Connection with Your Kids. Learn to Overestimate. Caring and Sharing. Where Are You Now?26. Eye on Leisure. When Boundaries Blur. Forced-Fit Leisure Feels Phony. Transition Can Be Crucial. Boost Your Fun Potential. Time to Be Friendly. Getting Creative About Leisure.27. Sabbaticals: Why You Might Want to Take One. A Time and a Purpose. Programs Vary Widely. Some Compelling Reasons. Endless Options. Tempting the Techies. Your Mind in a Different Gear. Eliminating Obstacles. Go for It! The Sabbatical Begins.28. Keeping It All in Perspective. Do You Have the Whip? Reclaiming Your Time, Now and Later. The Unproductive 80. What the Gurus Say. Take a Cue from Other Cultures. The Rest Could Be the Best.VII. APPENDIXES. Appendix A. Glossary. Appendix B. Bibliography. Index.

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GOR010401565
The Complete Idiot's Guide (R) to Managing Your Time by Jeff Davidson
Jeff Davidson
Used - Like New
Paperback
Dorling Kindersley Ltd
2002-03-06
360
0028642635
9780028642635
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins.