Do It Tomorrow and Other Secrets of Time Management
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Do It Tomorrow and Other Secrets of Time Management

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Aimed at those who have trouble completing assignments on time as well as anyone looking to lead a well-organized life, this innovative handbook takes a unique approach to time management. Efficiency expert Mark Forster shows that prioritizing tasks is never a sufficient approach to organizing a schedule, and is rarely even helpful. In the place of prioritization he posits...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published November 1st 2006)
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Autumn Tiger
Great update and refinement of earlier topics. Definitely worth getting even if you have Mark's earlier books. He has taken all the more recent experiences and redeveloped the exercises; it is almost as if the earlier books were drafts and this is the finished product - I mean this as praise. This is not someone simply trotting out the same old lines and regurgitating their work in a prettier more eye-catching jacket; this is someone who has seen their system develop and improve and now wants to...more
At some point a few months (years??) ago I decided I wasn't productive enough and I read David Allen's Getting Things Done. Great, I thought. I'll just implement this system and I'll be on my way. Well, I never managed to keep up with it. It was just too much.

I'm actually using Forster's new system Autofocus, but this book provides related information. I've only just started using it (2 weeks), but so far it's been great. It's so simple and I am being insanely productive.
Mike DuVall
Excellent book. Deceptive title. It's all about deciding what to do and not letting daily distractions stop you from doing what you've decided to do.
Simple and straightforward, makes complete sense.
This is a powerful book on time management, a method that works for those of us that do not have a secretary and lots of people we can delegate to. It aims to get all the incoming work done within two days, except for longer running projects, and those are started within that time period. The basic idea is that the amount of new work that you get in a typical day is also the amount of work that you can handle in a typical day (or something is wrong with your workload). I learned a lot about plan...more
To me the book was excellent read. There were a couple of places, which made me feel very sour feelings from the past. This was one of them.

  Usually it is sufficient to say to callers, 'I'll do that for you tomorrow.' If they know from experience that you really will do it the following day, you are probably doing much better in their eyes than most of the people they call

I really really want to learn manage my time, goals and, eventually, life, that I don't have to let others down by saying I'l...more
I love to-do lists and they keep growing! I have several commitments, business activities and social events. Sometimes, it’s hard to find “time for myself”. And as the to-do lists keep on growing, motivation can reach zero %. This book has an interesting point-of-view; procrastination is encouraged. There are lots of exercices and I encourage every reader to complete them!

My life has changed since I applied the “Do it tomorrow” system. To-do lists don’t grow anymore, It feels like I have more ti...more
Rooze Just-Rooze
I'm a long time practitioner of a combination Stephen Covey's 7 Habits & David Allen's Getting Things Done so my systems are fairly good. Even so, Forster's approach to overcoming procrastination, as well as how to deal with backlogs and troubleshoot when things get out of hand again, was well worth the read. As far as the writing, some of it is redundant at the cost of concepts that could be explored more deeply.

It was a quick read and I picked up enough new insights to make it worth my wh...more
Its a good book. The most simple of the productivity books I've read but it also means a very simple system. You either do stuff or you don't, so for him one's things to do list is binary and there is no need to prioritize per se. The title comes from the fact that one of the main points of the book is to push off any non-emergency activities to the next day. In so doing it frees up your day to do things that you planned the day before which gives you much more room to be realistic about how muc...more
Stephanie Callaert
“To complain about a shortage of time is like a fish in the sea complaining that it has a shortage of water.” This is how Mark Foster starts his book. He explains how you can work with much less stress. He will learn you what you can do to organize your work better and how to deal with interruptions.
This book is very instructive because it not only explains what time management is exactly but there are also exercises in the book. You can apply these exercises to your own life. By reading this bo...more
John DeCuir
A phenomenal book that turns traditional time management practices on their head. Much of what Forster recommends is rooted in not only neurological understandings of the brain but also rooted in common sense. My only quibble is that Forster seems to have moved on from the method described in this book and onto the new Autofocus system described on his website. Nevertheless, there is a ton of useful information described in this book that has much to recommend it.
Some ideas were great like the current initiative and do that first thing in the day. The other bits I found repetitive and non useful in a regular working day. Many emails do need to be answered straight away, and cannot be ignored until tomorrow or even later in the day. Found the book repetitive without explaining what the benefit was in performing many of the tricks he espouses.
Reading productivity books is so much better than getting actual work done. From this one I picked up: don't take on too much, don't rush after the most recent inbox entry (unless you really have to), keep a "backlog" list and pick one "stalled" thing to be your focus, i.e. first thing you work on each morning.
Didn't bother with the exercises, but.
Great methods, worth reading. He's updated his recommended method on his website (, but the principles in the book still apply and his new method is really a variation on this one. Brilliant stuff that will help you finally break down resistance to the things you avoid or put off. Big help to me!
Jane H
Not entirely helpful to my stay-at-home life, but interesting principles. I definitely like the idea of having a closed list each day (ie: having a list that actually gets done rather than a running list of all I ought to get done... someday). Will be trying out some of his ideas!
I found that I had already developed a lot of the suggestions as my own way of doing things, but I found the idea of a "Current Initiative" to be a better idea than my usual method of keep transferring a "to do" and never actually doing it because it seemed overwhelming.
Mark Forster's Do it Tomorrow and Other Secrets is filled with common-sense advice and real-world problems with solutions. My biggest takeaways were the concepts of reducing randomness with a buffer and of creating and completing daily closed lists.
Best, simplest system for being productive. Helped me get the better of resistance. Has now been bested by Forster's new, even simpler method, discussed here .
Maria del Pilar
Jul 18, 2008 Maria del Pilar rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Maria del Pilar by: A friend
It was a positive surprise. A book that when I started to read it, I thought that it was to reading at other time and I learn a lot about management.
Levent Bayindir
Another book of the same author on this topic is much much better. This does not have any new ideas worth to read.
Fouad Alfarhan
This book is definitely better than GTD for me. I loved it and I'm very thankful to my friend who gave it to me.
Jane Costanza
Enjoyed his ideas and found the book humorous as well. Less complex and more accessible than gtd.
Oct 16, 2009 Steve marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-at-library
Recommended by Susan Johnson at GTD User Group meeting.
Dec 23, 2008 Danielle marked it as to-read
Shelves: time-management
Recommended on simple dollar.
Aug 09, 2010 Abcd added it
Shelves: time-management
Skimmed some of it but will think about the ideas and may revisit it later.
Jose quesada
THe most efficient method to get organized. Beats GTD.
wish i had found this more helpful...
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