The book is about the office worker who needs to schedule the day but the effect it had on me is the realization that I am on the web much to much of the time.
To her credit, the book is very well organized, and it can be easily skimmed--and that's what I would suggest really--thanks to her many headers and lists.
Summary: This is a business/work oriented book that provides practical tips how to manage your time and work so you can enjoy it and life more. Will rats ever have an email to check so that they can not check it in the morning and get value from this book? I would recommend this book to to anyone seeking to improve their working life. Embrace your work/life balance. Top performers are aggressively committed to their work/life balance and ensure that their time off is rewarding, refreshing and energising. Develop these choices by building challenges at work into your resume, having a cushion of money to fall back on so that getting fired or quitting doesn't matter as much and develop yourself further. Find a role model, take on extra work, ask your boss what they want you to spend time on the most and build on your strengths rather than covering your weaknesses. Work as close to the revenue line of your organisation as you can. To be valued and to fulfill the most important roles in your organisation, you've got to be as close as you can to what keeps the engine running. Get into work, get the most important task completed and maybe the next. Make time work for you through proper planning. This is about developing organisational systems that improve efficiency. Build people up so you can delegate more and work more efficiently.
Lots and lots of good tips. ESPECIALLY people who have large but somewhat amorphous/flexible workloads that they exercise some control over (they can delegate, etc.) - like lawyers (yep!), salespeople, managers, entrepreuners, the self-employed, and anyone else whose main work problem is not knowing where to begin. My feeling is that folks in other sorts of jobs - service, health care, teaching - would probably be better off reading Julie Morgenstern's Time Management from the Inside Out, which is more general, with less emphasis on the corporate environment. I DO seem to have a good handle on work/life balance (and my coworkers would be the first to say that this is one of my strengths!).
The main reason for me reading this book was to find out why Julie feels you should not read your email in the morning. Julie suggests setting aside a period of time for this productivity.
Each "competency" (as the chapters are called) includes scenarios taken from actual clients, bullet-pointed tips known as "grab-and-go-strategies," from getting away from wasteful e-mails to planning your day better and always dancing "close to the revenue line." Morgenstern promises readers a significant change in their workload, productivity level and all-around confidence if they refrain from reading, replying to or even perusing e-mail in the first hour of the day.
Julie Morgenstern, dubbed the queen of putting peoples lives in order by USA Today, is an organizing and time management expert, business productivity consultant, and speaker.