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Time Management from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System for Taking Control of Your Schedule--and Your Life

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  1,241 ratings  ·  79 reviews
In Organizing from the Inside Out, author Julie Morgenstern used three main strategies to whip a living space or office into shape: "analyze, strategize, attack." Using the same system, Morgenstern now shows readers how to get rid of chaotic schedules in order to live more comfortable and productive lives. Morgenstern likens a cluttered schedule to a cluttered closet. For ...more
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Published September 1st 2004 by Holt Paperbacks (first published 2000)
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Erin W
I took two books out of my local library, this one and another one by Julie Morgenstern, Organizing from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System For Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life. I skimmed through Organizing, feeling like she wasn't telling me anything I didn't already know. Lesson learned: I am already plenty organized.

Time management is another thing. I have been fighting with the notion that I may have ADD my entire adult life. I have no trouble planning my daily tasks and cho
Mar 26, 2010 Martha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who needs help with time managment
This book presented a sensible system for time management. I'm starting to use her methods and it's been pretty helpful.

I've read part of The Now Habit by Neil A. Fiore and part of [Procrastination: Why You Do It, What to Do About It Now] by Jane B. Burka and Lenora M. Yuen (yeah, I know -- no jokes!), but this book seems to have a more complete, practical approach. It doesn't delve very deeply into the psychological reasons people have trouble managing their time, the way Procrastination does,
If readers are familiar with "The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People", then this book will seem like the same old thing with no new information.

For new readers or readers with a limited experience in the Self-Help area, this book might have some helpful hints, provided you do something about your problems after listening.

Though some of the information in Julie Morgenstern's "Time Management From the Inside Out" may seem pretty basic, the unique quality to this book is that unlike many time man
I have always been interested in time management, in part because it is a key component to managing all the different pieces of my life and in part because I've never really achieved total success. David Allen's Getting Things Done system was the best that I could find until I came across this treasure.

For all of the Allen fans out there, please don't expect me to say that Morgenstern's system is better. I won't say that. But she does touch on some basic ideas that Allen either assumes or takes
A useful book to add some more tools to your time management toolbox, but not as inspiring as her other book, "Organization from the Inside Out." My biggest take-away was to remind myself to change my framework when it comes to doing things I don't like to do but I "have to" do anyway. Chances are, I'm doing them because I've chosen to do them based on my standards and goals. Take ownership of that decision and get on with it already!

If you've investigated Getting Things Done, the Pomodoro Techn
Wow. Just wow. This book helped turn my days around even before I got to the end, because her way of organizing time was incredibly intuitive to me. She includes a lot of good exercises to help figure out what technical problems you have with time management and where your time actually goes, as well as to figure out where you want your time to be going. Morgenstern has an interesting way of looking at Goals, Activities and Tasks that's a bit different from what I've used in the past, but that w ...more
Antonio Sosa
Time Management from the inside out; Julie Morgenstern;4/6/2014-5/6/2014; 5-sticky notes and 41-pages of notes. "Give yourself permission to be who you are and go after your dreams. A wonderful gratifying life awaits you"; I feel empowered to take control of my life. I have know salvation, an accurate knowledge of Gods word, and money where important things to master. So many times I wondered why I couldn't grow as fast as I wanted to in these areas. I'm also a workaholic and given the chance I ...more
Didn't I swear off self-help books? Well if I didn't, I should have. To be honest, there is some good stuff to ponder in this book. It did not, however, help me implement any of the suggestions made and left me with that all too familiar feeling of just not quite measuring up to a truly productive person's standard of existence. My issue, of course, but still. Instead of swearing, I'll just go back to swearing off self-help books.
Jun 06, 2011 Ashley is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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JM is one of the leading authors on organization. I decided it was time to check out her books. I also have "Organization from the Inside Out", but I am waiting to read that one until I finish this one.
Lindsay Allison
This is a great book for anyone who is looking for a simple, easy plan for time management. Morgenstern's approach to time management seems better and simpler to follow than other books I've read on time management, because it allows for the interruptions of daily life, both those of our own doing and those brought on by others, whether it be a spouse, children, or boss.

Morgenstern breaks down a plan for time management in easy steps, and her plan has flexibility even for those who feel that tim
Jeanne Boyarsky
While I consider myself good at time management, I like to read a couple time management techniques when my life has changed in a way that no longer suits my current "system." This system doesn't come from a book although it is inspired by techniques from many places. Reading this book helped in my goal. I actually think I've read this book before many years ago. It still provided ideas, which is fine. That's the nice thing about time management. Techniques change over time to match how you work ...more
Good book overall, but not preferable as a system to GTD. The actual advice is very rudimentary, and seems outdated. I was annoyed at this suggestion: "If you're a new mom who is breast-feeding and sleep-deprived, you can catch up by . . . having someone else give the baby a bottle once a day so that you can have a few extra hours of uninterrupted sleep." An extra feeding while mom sleeps -- for an older baby and only occasionally -- will probably not be a problem, but a feeding every day while ...more
Excellent read on time management and organization. I appreciated reading about Morgenstern's approaches to defining goals, managing schedules, prioritizing tasks using the WADE method (Write it down, Add it up, Decide, and Execute), and taking a more positive approach to structuring the hours one has in a day. There were some methods here that I used to a degree, but I think it gave me more to think about as for how to improve structuring my schedules and reducing/breaking down loads if the cur ...more
Girish Kalele
Wonderful book. I read it in 2001 and since then it gave me insight into better managing time and be more productive. Sometime I felt that life became more mechanized but then I could achieve better and procrastinate less.
Carolyn Jackson
Totally changed my perspective of "time". I re-read this book every time I have a major change in my life and my schedule. Simple clear thought processes. Worth every moment I spent reading it.
This is the first book I've read on time management, so it didn't all seem as old hat to me as some of the other reviewers thought... But, mostly it did seem like basic common sense, rather than some kind of innovative new system. Would it totally change my life to follow it though? Yep, I'm sure it would - so the book gets 4 stars!

I do have to mention one thing that annoyed me throughout the book - her constant references about needing to find time to fill out thank you notes. It was bizarre ho
Good book. What I really liked about the book is that it encourages you to design your own time management system
James Banovz
Interesting ideas on keeping yourself organized. Most of the ideas were pretty obvious, the book just contains some interesting tools to help you look at your life. The real trick is sticking to any plan you come up with.
Jessamyn Donovan
Good reminders in here of how to manage our time. Short and sweet.
Rachel Meyers
This book gave was suggested to me by a business mentor and did have some great hints that have transformed my previous organizational system (which was basically nothing!). However, the first 2/3 of the book were pretty unnecessary to me and it felt long and drawn out. I would say it was worth reading for the few things I took away from it though. I might skim the book and read the things I thought were most important, but I wouldn't read it cover to cover again unless I was really desperate fo ...more
Great book for those needing an extra sum of time! Reading it made me aware of how much time I waste and where my efficiency can improve. Now if only I can get off my butt and implement it!! Haha! Give me some slack-I just had a a baby! I actually was given this book in a seminar for my music education business and I honestly feel that I can juggle classes, family, homeschooling, and church service callings and still plan time to have fun! The great insights in this book.
Every now and then I get on a self help book kick, and life management is one of my favorite things to read about. I've read a lot of these books, and I have always enjoyed Julie Morgenstern's outlook on taking control of your things and your time. This book has parts that weren't applicable to my life, but I also found some great pearls that helped me. Ask me later how my time management is going! I'm definitely going to apply some of her advice.
Felipe Foronda
First half of the book excellent! great hands on activities! second half too repetitive, she goes too deep and in too much details specially if you already half so sort of an idea how to time manage. Nevertheless highly recommended.
Erin Cassell
Practical and helpful! I was able to take more than one of her ideas and incorporate it into my busy life. I am the mother of 4 (9 and under) and work a full-time job. I needed some help compartmentalizing everything! I do think the book needs to be updated to include more high-tech tools. In this day and age of smartphones and tablets, online task and time management tools are exhausted. Helping us work through all of the choices would be amazing!
A bit dated now, but the principles are still good, and I remember loving Organizing from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System For Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life which made me wonder why I never read this one back then!
Of course I loved it; it's just the sort of thing I love. Which is why I don't have time-management problems except the kind that result from being lazy. I can't help thinking that anyone who'd be willing to go to this length has probably already done so.

The best part of the message, in a nutshell: Set goals first and then manage your time so that what you do is contributing to your own goals.
I love Julie Morenstern! I have to be honest here, I actually watched her seminar and didn't read the book. It has the same info in it though. She is funny and makes things make sense. She gives me the ability to see through the chaos and create order. I love her book "Organizing from the Inside out" and this one is just as fantasic. Great ideas and actions that can be easily implemented.
Pretty basic common sense stuff. But I feel I gained some info I can implement I read her organizing book years ago and although at the time I didn't think I learned much from it. I find myself still remembering some little things that I learned that I think I would still be clueless about if I had not read the book. I hope this book will have the same effect over the years.!
I really liked this! Using this book with my trusty Franklin Covey planner, I feel energized and ready to start the new year off right. The ideas of a time map and compartmentalizing my work, so I'm not running around trying to do a dozen things at once (and all poorly) are great. Can't wait to put what I've learned into practice.
a lot of common sense stuff and tips I've read in various forms (mostly similar concepts in software management). It ties it together quite nicely. I'm slowly trying to adopt some of these methods and I'm impressed enough I got her book on organization from the library to read and considering buying both.
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Julie Morgenstern, dubbed the “queen of putting people’s lives in order” by USA Today, is an organizing and time management expert, business productivity consultant, and speaker. A New York Times bestselling author, Julie's five books are timeless reference guides that are insightful, reader-friendly and jam packed with innovative strategies. Each volume features techniques and observations culled ...more
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“Good time management is not about buying a great calendar or planner. It is not about learning tricks to move faster, or about doing everything with mechanical efficiency. It's about creating days that are meaningful and rewarding to you, and feeling a sense of satisfaction in each and every one of your tasks.” 3 likes
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