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Time management skills that work! A proven method for going from stressed and overwhelmed to peaceful and confident in three easy steps "The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment" addresses the three key elements of effective time investment: priorities, expectations, and routines. Saunders helps you identify negative mental patterns that sabotage your attempts to change ...more
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Published December 21st 2012 by McGraw-Hill (first published January 1st 2012)
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Daniel Dawson
I really had high expectations for this book. However, it was simply okay. The author focused too much on the psychology of time and less on how to get stuff done. Didn't include the most important thing to know about time management: work expands to fill the amount of time you give it. A much better resource is Getting Things Done the Agile Way by J.D. Meier.

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Kelly Lynn Thomas
This book doesn't mess around with being coy. You can read the three steps right on the jacket flap. I appreciated that, because I hate it when a book hides its selling point in an effort to entice me. More than being up-front, though, the book is good. The author lays everything out in easy-to-follow steps, and provides tons of extra worksheets online. The third step is strengthening routines, and this was the most helpful to me. By carefully planning out routines, you can build habit strength ...more
Andy
Interesting book the axis of which is: Secret #1: Clarify Action-Based Priorities. (Determine what's most important to you and define exactly what you will do to invest in those priorities). Secret #2: Set Realistic Expectations (<>) Secret #3: Strengthen Simple Routines (<>)

I found this book interesting, but I couldn't remember the three major points well. I didn't take the recommended time however to do the journaling the author recommends. Geared toward executives/entrepreneurs.

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Sarah
Many blogs advise you to 'set aside time to do X' (whether X is to get adequate sleep, plan your day, work on side projects, network, and so on!), but it's never really made clear exactly HOW to do this. In this book, Elizabeth Saunders lays out the entire thought process of creating a habit or adding a routine to your day which covers all aspects - practical, logistical, and emotional. The first part of the book lays the foundation by discussing how certain feelings can affect how you deal with ...more
Natalie
I remember agreeing with what she had to say, but not remembering a word of it. D:
Rich Bennett
I enjoyed the book. I didn't read all of it. I read about 80% thoroughly, but then skimmed the remainder. Regardless, it's a good book if you aren't sure why you have time management issues and don't know what to do about them. It confirmed a lot of what I was already thinking. The requirement that you set realistic expectations and learn how to say no, but with good reason, not just because you should, is paramount theme throughout this book. If you are time-management-challenged, commit to rea ...more
Erin
Are all time management books written by such bubbly optimists? I felt like this was something some friends in high school and I would have written to make fun of time management books, except this really got published. The ideas weren't bad, but the delivery was difficult for me personally.

I would like something a little more inspiring and down to earth I know what to do (turn off internet, stop writing Goodreads reviews, have fewer children), I would just like someone to more practically tell
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Abigail
The book delves into the psychological reasons why we don't start that project or thing that we always say we want to do but never seem to do. Ms Saunders gives advice on how to overcome them and goes beyond being productive at work into being productive at life. She makes you look at your whole life and gives equal value to wanting to have relationships, time with your family, spirituality and actually enjoying your life to being super productive and successful at your career. She also gives ea ...more
Bobby Lin
I think the author pointed out an important thing here: We need to bear in mind of our emotions when we are planning on our activities. Negative emotions may arise when we over-planned our schedule, or have unrealistic expectations about how much time is needed to finish a task. The key thing is to avoid these negative emotions. This can be done by figuring out your priorities (and investing time in it), looking realistically about your expectations (of how much time is needed) and gradually str ...more
Dave Bolton
This was decent, but also made me appreciate all the work that must go into creating the refined systems in a lot of pop-management and self help books. All the elements of a "system" were there, but the presentation and explanation were not quite compelling. It all seemed like good approaches, but just needed a bit more polish and effort to really make it stick.

Still, I'll use some of the techniques here, so I'm not super worried about the packaging of them, it just won't reach a "tipping poin
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Karen
This book was exactly what I needed to get some time management issues resolved, especially the section about establishing simple structured routines. My husband and I work together running two businesses and lately we've felt stressed over time and the lack of it! I read this book through, he's going to do the same, and then we will discuss it, do the work sheets and see if we can't solve our time management problems. I love that it was so simply presented and outlined, with doable actions.
Scott Miles
This book reads like a meta-analysis of existing time-management and productivity literature, and I've read much of the material being reviewed. There is a significant amount of value added, however, and I enjoyed the few original ideas.
Cathy
Plainspeak about time management. Like her blog too.
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Elizabeth Grace Saunders is the founder and CEO of Real Life E® a time coaching and training company that empowers individuals who feel guilty, overwhelmed and frustrated to feel peaceful, confident and accomplished through an exclusive Schedule Makeover™ process. She is an expert on achieving more success with less stress. Real Life E® also increases employee productivity, satis
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