Time Management from the Inside Out: The Fool-Proof System for Taking Control of Your Schedule and Your Life

Julie Morgenstern, Author Henry Holt & Company $15 (288p) ISBN 978-0-8050-6469-8
Best-selling author of Organizing from the Inside Out, Morgenstern takes a similarly practical approach to time. If one thinks of time has having ""edges"" (rather than being amorphous), she explains, then it becomes as finite as spaceDand, consequently, just as manageable. Morgenstern believes that there are three primary reasons why people have difficulty managing time: ""technical errors"" (miscalculating the length of a task); ""external realities"" (new baby, new job) and ""psychological obstacles"" (perfectionism). What makes her program work, she attests, is that instead of trying to change people's natural behaviors and preferences, she encourages them to expand upon whatever is working already, no matter how overwhelmed they may feel. It all starts with knowing what one's big picture values and goals are (e.g., maintaining a happy marriage, excelling at one's career) and prioritizing those with the help of an ingenious device she's created called a ""Time Map."" Then, Morgenstern helps the reader apply her ""SPACE"" system (""sort, purge, assign a `home,' containerize and equalize"")Dthe nitty-gritty of time managementDto align one's to-do list with the Time Map. Everything one does (from important phone calls to major projects) must have its time and placeDeven relaxation and fun (""There is no such thing as spare time""). Morgenstern's simple book presents a superb, sound program for ""creating a life that nurtures you and makes you feel good."" (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/04/2000
Release date: 09/01/2000
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