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Successful Time Management For Dummies, 2nd Edition

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Incorporate effective time management and transform your life

If you always feel like there's not enough time in the day to get everything accomplished, Successful Time Management For Dummies is the resource that can help change your workday and your life. Filled with insights into how the most successful people manage distractions, fight procrastination, and optimize their workspace, this guide provides an in-depth look at the specific steps you can use to take back those precious hours and minutes to make more of your workday and your leisure time.

Modern life is packed with commitments that take up time and energy. But by more effectively managing time and cutting out unnecessary and unproductive activities, you really can do more with less. In this complete guide to time management, you'll find out how to manage email effectively, cut down on meetings and optimize facetime, use technology wisely, maximize your effectiveness during travel, and much more.

  • Find out how to accomplish more at work and in life, all in less time

  • Organize your professional life and workspace for optimal productivity

  • Learn to put an end to procrastination and successfully handle interruptions

  • Get specific insights into time management in various functions, from administration professionals to executives

  • If you're looking to take back your time and ramp up your productivity, Successful Time Management For Dummies is the resource to help get your there in a hurry.

    Table of Contents

    1. Cover Page
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright
    4. Table of Contents
    5. Introduction
    6. Part I: Beginning the Revolution: Simple Steps to Start With
      1. Chapter 1: The Essence of Good Time Management: Organizing Yourself
        1. Planning in Advance
        2. Grabbing the Three Keys to Personal Organization
      2. Chapter 2: Setting Yourself Up for Success
        1. Getting to Know Yourself
        2. Following a System
        3. Overcoming Time-Management Obstacles
        4. Garnering Support While Establishing Your Boundaries
        5. Keeping Motivation High
      3. Chapter 3: Linking Time Management to Life Goals
        1. Understanding Why You Need to Put Your Goals on Paper
        2. Establishing Your Fabulous 50
        3. Labeling and Balancing Your Fabulous 50
        4. Targeting 12 Goals to Start With
        5. Pinpointing Your Resource Needs
      4. Chapter 4: Putting a Value on Your Time
        1. Getting a Good Grip on the Time-Equals-Money Concept
        2. Calculating Your Hourly Income
        3. Boosting Your Hourly Value through Your Work Efforts
        4. Making Value-Based Time Decisions in Your Personal Life
    7. Part II: Establishing a Good System
      1. Chapter 5: Focusing Your Efforts, Prioritizing Tasks, and Blocking Your Time
        1. Focusing Your Energy with the 80/20 Theory of Everything
        2. Getting Down to Specifics: Daily Prioritization
        3. Blocking Off Your Time and Plugging in Your To-Do Items
        4. Assessing Your Progress and Adjusting Your Plan as Needed
      2. Chapter 6: Efficiently Working from a Home Office
        1. Knowing Yourself and Your Environment
        2. Selecting the Right Equipment
        3. Getting the Work Done from Home
      3. Chapter 7: Setting Up and Maintaining a Productive Workspace
        1. Streamlining Your Workspace
        2. Keeping Clutter from Coming Back
        3. Limiting the Paper You Receive
        4. Accounting for Ergonomics and Aesthetics
      4. Chapter 8: Fine-Tuning Organization Skills with Technology
        1. Plugging into Electronic Scheduling
        2. De-cluttering Your Computer or Tablet (and Keeping It That Way)
        3. Managing Contact Info with a CRM Program
    8. Part III: Using Technology to Leverage Your Time
      1. Chapter 9: Leveraging Your Time with Technology
        1. Timing Is Everything: Taking Charge of Your Time
        2. Communicating Effectively through Technology
        3. Organizational Technology Tools
        4. Creating a Digital Brain with Evernote
      2. Chapter 10: Controlling Email Overload
        1. Managing Email Effectively
        2. Separating Your Work and Private Life
        3. Responding to email using less time
      3. Chapter 11: The Facebook Balancing Act
        1. The Time Advantages of Facebook
        2. Keeping Contacts with Facebook
      4. Chapter 12: Twitter: Time Saver or Time Waster
        1. Deciding Who to Follow
        2. Preventing a Twitter Takeover
      5. Chapter 13: Creating Effective LinkedIn Strategies
        1. Creating a Link-able Profile
        2. Defining LinkedIn Goals, Objectives, and Connections
        3. Establishing Your LinkedIn Schedule
    9. Part IV: Confronting Challenges to Time Management
      1. Chapter 14: Communicating Strategically to Get Results — Fast
        1. Choosing the Right Medium for Your Message
        2. Basic Communication Skills: Being Direct and Succinct
        3. Fostering Camaraderie When Meeting in Person
        4. Corresponding Clearly and Confidently via Telephone
        5. Writing Effective Emails
        6. Asking Targeted Questions to Get Results
      2. Chapter 15: Defending Your Day from Interruptions
        1. The Fortress: Guarding Your Focus from Invasion
        2. Secondary Defenses: Minimizing Damage When Calls Get Through
        3. Handling Recurring Interruptions by Co-Workers
        4. Dealing with Interruption-Oriented Bosses
        5. Working with Intrusive Clients
      3. Chapter 16: Overcoming Procrastination
        1. Staring Down the Source: How Procrastination Takes Hold
        2. Knowing Whether to Put It Off
        3. Laying the Groundwork: Altering Your Mindset and Instituting Discipline
        4. Conquering Dreaded Tasks with Sandwich Tactics
        5. Maintaining Your Motivation as You Press Ahead
      4. Chapter 17: Coping with a Time-Wasting Boss
        1. Fulfilling Your Objectives to Help Your Boss Meet Hers
        2. Maintaining Personal Boundaries
        3. Preparing to Discuss Your Concerns with Your Boss
        4. Initiating and Fostering a Win-Win Discussion
        5. Irreconcilable Differences: Knowing When to Move On
      5. Chapter 18: Mastering Meetings with Co-Workers
        1. Devising Objectives, Listing Attendees, and Crafting an Agenda
        2. Scheduling the Time and Place
        3. The Day Of: Running the Meeting Well
        4. Following Up for Maximum Productivity
    10. Part V: Maintaining Efficiency When Working with Others
      1. Chapter 19: Time Management for Administrative Staff
        1. Recognizing Common Pitfalls
        2. Keeping Your Eyes on the Goal: Your Boss's Lead
        3. Adopting Strategies to Stay On Track
      2. Chapter 20: Time Management for Salespeople
        1. Breaking Your Time-Investment Portfolio into Three Categories
        2. Tracking Your Time to See Where You Stand
        3. Planning Your Day around DIPA
        4. Incorporating IIPA into Your Day
        5. Decreasing Your PSA Time
      3. Chapter 21: Time Management for Business Owners and Executives
        1. Stepping Back and Observing Your Time Investment
        2. Increasing Time on Growth Activities
        3. Responsive Tasks: Decreasing Your “In” Time
        4. Organizing Daily Priorities
        5. Planning Ahead: Balancing Your “On” Time
      4. Chapter 22: Coaching Others to Manage Time Effectively
        1. Finding Out Who'd Benefit from Training
        2. Establishing Goals
        3. Incorporating Tools and Strategies
        4. Fostering Partnership and Encouraging Success
        5. Dealing with a Lack of Progress: Can This Employee Be Saved?
    11. Part VI: The Part of Tens
      1. Chapter 23: Ten Time-Wasting Behaviors
        1. Failing to Stop and Think
        2. Multitasking
        3. Working without Breaks
        4. Demanding Perfection
        5. Worrying and Waiting
        6. Hooking Up to the Tube
        7. Surfing the Web
        8. Getting Caught in Junk Mail Undertow
        9. Killing Time in Transit
        10. Spending Time with Negative People
      2. Chapter 24: Ten Time-Efficient Habits
        1. Start Your Day Early
        2. Plan for the Next Day
        3. Take Care of Your Health
        4. Set Aside Downtime
        5. Plan Meals for the Week
        6. Delegate Almost Everything
        7. Say No More Often
        8. Always Use a Time-Management System
        9. Simplify Your Life
        10. Begin Every Day at Zero
    12. Index
    13. About the Author