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Organizing Your Day: Time Management Techniques That Will Work for You

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  119 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
For more than twenty years, Sandra Felton's books have helped countless readers organize their homes, rooms, offices, and paperwork. She now joins forces with professional organizer Marsha Sims and applies some of the same principles to help readers build a successful system for organizing their daily schedules and routines.
Their unique approach with helpful anecdotal stor
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Paperback, 266 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Jenn
Apr 24, 2016 Jenn rated it liked it
I was very tempted to rate this book as only 2 stars. There are many faults I found in the book:

-Much of the information has been better presented elsewhere by other authors and systems.
-I found the tone of much of the book to be condescending and rather simplistic.
-Particularly frustrating were the questions at the end of each chapter that led the reader into the next. Even if I did answer all the questions as yes/no, true/false, it doesn't mean that the next chapter wouldn't be useful and I
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Dustin
Jan 19, 2015 Dustin rated it really liked it
This book addresses many aspects of our lives and the time management challenges associated with them. The topics are diverse and may apply to the home as well as the office such as project management, to-do lists, filing, priority setting, and reducing clutter. Each chapter is relatively short with many practical ideas for implementation but many anecdotal passages which seem unnecessary. In addition, the chapters could stand alone well and could be read in any order (perhaps with the last chap ...more
Kyle Potter
Jun 15, 2011 Kyle Potter rated it really liked it
Shelves: productivity
I found Felton and Sims' Organizing Your Day to be extremely helpful because of its careful detail and focus on real practicality. If you've read any of the more popular books on time management, you'll recognize some of the tips and processes, but likely find plenty to help you think productively about your time. The book is organized into 24 short chapters, which lets the reader easily pick and choose the ones that speak to her particular challenges. Each chapter includes about three page-long ...more
Frangipani
Apr 07, 2010 Frangipani rated it it was amazing
When this book arrived I didn’t leave it alone! I got so much out of this book, so many good ideas and insights into my own character when it comes to procrastination and the reasons why I do that. The best things I loved about this book were about finding your most productive time of the day v. your worst and scheduling the important things for when you're at your best and the more mundane stuff like laundry folding, for the least productive time of day. Planning, project management and mind ma ...more
Jill Kemerer
Feb 19, 2014 Jill Kemerer rated it it was amazing
So many useful tips and suggestions! This book helps you recognize your problem areas with organization and time management--and it gives oodles of options to try to overcome the problems. I particularly like the Quadrant system and the tournament format for prioritizing.

Excellent book!
Barb
Aug 08, 2010 Barb rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help-books
There are some really good techniques in this book about organizing and ways to overcome procrastination. Alot of things we may have read before. I do like the maps and tips on how to figure out ways to prioritize. I like the helpful hints about day planners and how they can help achieve your goals. I like this saying, "It's not what you do once in a while, it's what you do day in and day out that makes the difference." Jenny Craig. One of the messages is to make it a routine, and if you do the ...more
Kara
I really, really enjoyed this book. It opened my eyes to the idea of time management and made me realize all that I'm doing wrong. Perhaps I enjoyed it so much because it was my first experience with reading about time management, but whatever the case, I recommend it.

It gives great tips on forming to-do lists, choosing priorities, letting go of non-priorities, and accepting the fact that you are a limited human being with limited time. It helped me realize and accept that just because I WANT to
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Leiah
Jun 27, 2012 Leiah added it
Shelves: nook, library-book
This book had a lot of little stories in it... like "John was a workaholic who was always staying late at the office. Then one day he realized he needs to organize his day and now his life is so much better!"

...i guess the stories help illustrate her points, but they sort of got redundant after I realized that that was what the book was mainly comprised of.

But still some good advice. I would probably read it again; I was reading too many other things at the same time as this and forgot a lot of
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Jessica
Feb 12, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
I am a left-brain, list-making, organization-loving gal, so of course I loved this book.... I may have been able to write more than half of it.
Not that I didn't learn a thing or two. Mostly, however, I felt like I was having a conversation with a like-minded friend.

For those who are organizationally challenged: this read is quite painless. Real life examples behind concepts,steps broken down for you, and diagrams of worksheets.
Jacqueline
Jul 15, 2015 Jacqueline rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, adult
Full of great big-picture and inspiring material about organization, but rather tediously too-specific on the details. Best information is a list on pages 196-7 of suggested habits to cultivate (Leave a room the way you want it to be when you return.), the chapters on procrastination and perfectionism (Done is better than perfect.), and the "streamlined to-do list" (List tasks in order of importance; do them in the order listed.)
Heather
Nov 17, 2012 Heather rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fic
This is more about basic time management (setting and keeping schedules, prioritizing tasks, organizing stuff) than it is about fine-tuning what you're doing. I actually do OK with the basics, so this wasn't as useful as I was hoping it would be. Also, much of the book is spent on cheerleading and explaining why it's good to make the effort to manage your time well, which again, I already do OK at.
Jessica
Oct 07, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
This is a great book with lots of clear-cut ways to incorporate new habits of organization into your daily life, both at home and at work. I'm very excited to start implementing some of them myself. My only issue with it was the way the authors kept bringing up God. It seemed like a strange thing to talk about in a book about organization.
K K
Dec 05, 2014 K K rated it it was ok
It was ok. Too many unnecessary examples. I have read other better books on time management such as Eat That Frog and Leo Babauta's books.
Fullfaun
Sep 19, 2012 Fullfaun rated it really liked it
she has good ideas and explains why these ones work.
I just didn't like the references to God int eh book. Could have done with that.
Joana Augusto
Jul 08, 2012 Joana Augusto rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Pretty good, has a lot of useful ideas and tips. The only drawbacks: the religious references and the oversimplified "real life" examples.
Jenny
Mar 25, 2011 Jenny rated it liked it
I was surprised to find that this book had some good suggestions. It was more helpful than I thought it would be.
Alissa
Jun 09, 2009 Alissa rated it liked it
Some good basic tips, learned a few new pointers, the most beneficial for me was the planning worksheet.
Louise
Feb 08, 2013 Louise rated it it was ok
Some really helpful tips - I particularly liked the practical exercises - but a bit repetitious.
Lori Grant
Mar 29, 2013 Lori Grant rated it really liked it
A should-read book on how to be productive in your job as your manage your career.
Lynda
Sep 07, 2010 Lynda rated it really liked it
I have read everything Sandra Felton has written. This is one of the best of her books.
Jackie
Jun 11, 2013 Jackie rated it really liked it
Helpful. Got a bit repetitive but I enjoyed it.
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