There are some definite pros and cons to this text. It was not at all what I expected, but I did find some value in it. Overall, the authors were so politically-correct as to be irritating to me, and the worldview - especially in the first section - was subtly anti-biblical. (This will, of course, be viewed by some readers as a strength and by others as a weakness.)
For my purposes, there are two great weaknesses here. The first is that the bulk of the book is simply not practical; it's theoretical. Some of this theory was very interesting, but it wasn't what I was looking for when I purchased a book about time management. The second is that the examples all relate to the corporate world. As a full-time wife and mother, I would have appreciated some examples demonstrating how the theories apply to homemaking and family.
I did, however, derive one significant benefit from the book which was completely unexpected. The portions about the importance of PLAY were very enlightening for me. Having been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue (read: stress syndrome), I have been made profoundly aware of my own dysfunction in this area of "play" or "relaxation." The authors of this book have not only presented the importance of play in a very balanced manner, they have also offered practical suggestions for regaining one's ability to "play."
I am glad I bought the book, but if specific, practical methods of time management are what you seek, you might want to look at others, instead.
Renee B. reviewed Time Management for Unmanageable People : The Guilt-Free Way to Organize, Energize, and Maximize Your Life on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This book didn't really help me, because it basically just said to keep on doing what you're already doing... it's okay to be different. It tried to point out that you still get a lot done, just in different ways. I don't buy it, as the multi-tasked approaches they suggest are natural to "creative" people only worked for me until I had children. Now that my responsibilities are greater, the approach of "be yourself, don't change, appreciate how you naturally do things" doesn't cut it for me. I'm looking into "Getting Things Done" by David Allen instead, to see if that might be of more help.
i found this book at one of my previous jobs and finally had a chance to read it. i consider myself a pretty organized person, but figured that i could get a few tips from this book.
i thought it was interesting that they say there are two types of people- one who's focused, makes and follows lists, and has a place for everything. the second type sees the big picture, is more flexible and can do many projects at once.
that was about where my interest ended. there were some good tips to keeping organized- buy fun little post it notes, file folders and calendars so that you'll want to use them, try to do two things at once (listen to a foreign language tape while driving to work, answer emails while on a plane), but these are all things i already do.
im sure this is a great book for people who really have no idea how to get organized and who a re workaholics, but it's more of a skim through book.