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Getting Organized: Improving Focus, Organization and Productivity

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Getting Organized is a collection of simple ideas that address at least six major issues that could be generating chaos and disorder in your life. The ideas are presented in a simple format, with specific suggestions on how to put each idea to work, so busy people can find the time to read and try them. Even if you've tried unsuccessfully to get organized before, consider ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 30th 2004 by Dawson Publishing
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Jan 23, 2017 James rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Sort of helpful, yet sort of dated. I bought this for one of my employees and decided to read it first. When I give it to her I'll suggest she pick a few ideas and try them out, rather than trying to implement each suggestion.

The last 8-10 chapters felt rushed and tacked on, but overall the book offers several potentially useful tips for becoming more organized. I'm a little wary of the amount of paper that would be required to follow some of the suggestions. I also think a software
Jun 18, 2013 Stacie rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This was an extremely quick read with bite-sized chapters, each topic just brushed over quickly. Much of it is intended to be applied in a work environment. The author breaks down his filing system method quite thoroughly. It may be useful for some, but as a stay-at-home/homeschooling mom I found that I organize many of the materials in his system in one of three places: a 1.5" binder, a calendar, and the Notes App on my phone.

In one of my favorite chapters he breaks down how to handle incoming
Jan 05, 2013 Pete rated it liked it
This book has some good new ideas, and a lot of old ideas being claimed as new. I would immagine it would work well if you had a filing cabinet at the side of your desk, but as I don't, half of this book was a waste for me. still, I wish I had this back in college or grad school. So overall a good book that is easy to read and follow... but which makes too many assumptions about the reader's workspace. 3/5 stars, maybe 3.5 .
Dec 29, 2012 Kynthia rated it liked it
I like the easy steps shown to help you get organized. My favorite part was how to organize folders and the tips on reading. Everything else did not pertain to my need. This a great book to help you in the parts you need help with. The rest is just interesting and can be moved past.
Jun 11, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it
NYU Stern recommends this book for MBA candidates. It's really excellent! I would recommend it to anyone, regardless of how well organized they already are. It's a very quick read and easy to take or leave each suggestion. I'm going to try the alternative to a to do list.
Feb 22, 2012 Carla rated it liked it
overall it had some handy tips and good advice. I wish somethings would have been looked at a bit deeper. not sure I got all I wanted out of it in terms of focus. quick read with some things ill be sharing with my office.
Oct 10, 2013 Karla rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
I liked that this book was in small chapters to let me think about the ideas that were proposed. I liked the presentation of each point, what it meant and why it mattered. I liked that organization was more than just having a place to put things.
A reductivist version of GTD and a couple other systems. Probably a good start for beginners!
Josh Franklin
Sep 02, 2013 Josh Franklin rated it liked it
Boring and often irrelevant. Incredibly brief chapters lack any meat
Taylor Baker
Pretty good

Pretty good

has good idea that would help one become more organized and is worth giving some of the options a try.
Oct 14, 2012 Meka rated it really liked it
There are some really useful practical ideas in this book, however there are some outdated ideas as well.
May 02, 2012 Christie rated it it was ok
For an organizational book it was very disorganized. If you do not work in an office with file cabinets or if you work in the customer service industry most of these hints will not help you.
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Jan 30, 2013 Calum Mcneish rated it really liked it
I like how the book was presented, in very short chapters, each covering the different ideas making it easy to turn back to it as a point of reference.
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