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The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment: Achieve More Success with Less Stress: Foreword by Cal Newport, Author of So Good They Can't Ignore You

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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
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by McGraw-Hill Education (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
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
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Scott Miles
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: success
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.
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Time management advice for those who felt that “Getting Things Done” is too structured. If you’ve read a dozen of these kinds of books before, well, this is another one. Fine if this is a new topic to you, otherwise, just good for reminders, mostly psychological/new-agey, on how to plan and value your time.
Kelley Hazen
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
What a great book. Elizabeth Saunders offers many reasonable and effective ways to manage time better. Get more done, feel more relaxed. She takes the time not just to solve the problem but to examine why the problem exists in the first place. The solution becomes about understanding ineffective behavior and why it exists. Solutions are more effective and changes can be permanent. The book includes an extremely helpful Quick Start Guide as well as many ideas toward actually formatting and visual ...more
Apr 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: newly-read-2013
I remember agreeing with what she had to say, but not remembering a word of it. D:
May 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Strengths: The book does a good job of showing the connections between our thoughts and feelings and our time management.

Weaknesses: A lot of the book is focused on habits, routines, and other things that people who have thought much about time management will already know.

This book is good for: people who want general ideas for improving time management and aren't trained in CBT and/or who don't have established routines. People who haven't read numerous books about habits.

This book is proba
Tony Loffreda
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have studied time management for years and read meaningfull works on the subject (although you don't manage time but yourself in relationship to the time you have been allotted) but this is one of the best I have come across. It is an excelent read and I hardly recommend it to all.
Daniel Dawson
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
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.

-"It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you
Catherine Gillespie
If you’ve read any books on time management, The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment: Achieve More Success with Less Stress won’t give you much new information. And if you’ve read more than one or two books on time management, I guarantee the “secrets” are not secrets to you. However, I did find a few worthwhile points in this book that might make it worth your time.

The first helpful idea I gleaned from this book was the need to keep an eye out for time malaise.

That’s not what the author call
Jun 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Figure we can all need some help in this area. People that are pretty type A will most likely learn that they probably already do some version of many of these things, but it's still valuable to look at other people's systems and strategies. There is a lot of very practical and specific advice here, some of it helpful. As someone that studies organizational change, I agree that the part about examining your emotions and how they govern what you actually DO, regardless of what you might say your ...more
Kelly Lynn Thomas
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
May 20, 2014 rated it liked it
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.

Dave Bolton
Jan 29, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Bobby Lin
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Not good at all. I'm sure the author had good intentions, but this book was all over the place. Nothing was linear, there were random bullet points everywhere (one entire chapter of them!) and unfortunately I got through 75% of it before realizing there was not one useful bit of information. and as a self proclaimed self help junkie, that is saying a lot. A big disappointment...
Nathan Hanson
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth does an amazing job of cutting right through all our reasons and excuses to get to the root of why we can't use our time effectively. This book gives you helpful insight and the practical steps to use that knowledge to make new habits. It is a must-read in the genre of personal effectiveness and time management.
T Brasfield
Got a lot of good ideas out of this book

Well written, but hard to follow because of the awkward way it was laid out - too many references to other books and other parts of the book had my head spinning. But there were quite a few new and interesting ideas!
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Plainspeak about time management. Like her blog too.
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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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