Organise Yourself: Clear the Clutter, Take Charge of Your Time, Manage Information

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Many people find it hard to get on top of their workload.  They constantly bounce from one task to another and struggle to prioritize, which can have a serious impact on productivity.

Organise Yourself helps readers develop effective organizational skills and dramatically improve the way they work. It contains tips on seeing through complex problems, building positive workplace habits, avoiding information overload, overcoming distractions and interruptions, organizing work...

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Overview

Many people find it hard to get on top of their workload.  They constantly bounce from one task to another and struggle to prioritize, which can have a serious impact on productivity.

Organise Yourself helps readers develop effective organizational skills and dramatically improve the way they work. It contains tips on seeing through complex problems, building positive workplace habits, avoiding information overload, overcoming distractions and interruptions, organizing work space and filing systems, making effective use of technology, and coping with the challenges of working from home.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780749445508
  • Publisher: Kogan Page, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Series: Creating Success Series
  • Edition description: 2nd ed.
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

John Caunt is a freelance writer, life coach, and trainer. His previous experience includes fifteen years as a senior manager in further education.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Know where you are going 6

Reasons for disorganisation 8

Attitudes towards organising 8

Why do you want to be more organised? 11

Setting objectives 12

Balancing the different elements of your iife 16

Determining day-to-day priorities 17

Summary 21

2 Organise your time 22

How you use time now 23

Planning and tracking your time 25

Scheduling your time-estimating time requirements 34

Procrastination 36

Meeting deadlines 41

Time management and projects 44

Summary 46

3 Understand the way you work 47

Schedule tasks at appropriate times 47

Maintain concentration and motivation 51

Mobilise the power of habit 53

Sharpen up your decision making 57

Summary 61

4 Organise information 62

Identify the important information 63

Adopt a systematic approach 64

Avoid overload 67

Read more efficiently 69

Preview for increased understanding 72

Use your memory 75

Summary 76

5 Organise the way you work with others 78

A strategy for meetings 78

Delegate 85

Overcoming distractions and interruptions 88

Help others to be more organised 94

Learn to say 'no' 96

Summary 99

6 Organise your space 100

Think about ergonomics 101

Tackle disorganised work space 106

Get rid of the piles 109

Clear clutter at home 112

Summary 114

7 Organise filing systems 115

Setting up your filing system 118

Filing documents 119

Electronic filing of paper documents 120

Securing your information 124

Summary 128

8 Use technology to assist 129

Know when not to use technology 129

Choose appropriate software 130

Useful tools 134

Rapid input of data 137

Organise internet research 141

Summary 146

9 Organise yourself at home and away 147

Working from home 147

Organising yourself away from the office 153

Summary 156

10 Keep up the good work 158

Review your objectives 158

Check your progress 160

Find ways of staying on track 160

What if old habits reappear? 161

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2007

    Tidy guide to organizing your life

    Just as you would hire specialists to organize your closets, use John Caunt's tips to organize your business and personal life. He offers creative ideas for individuals who perennially can't find their notes and miss their deadlines, and provides some modest but workable solutions to chaos and clutter. Getting organized may not seem difficult, if you are an organized person. If you aren't, Caunt understands. He has given this idea a lot of thought, and his useful book may help you overcome bad habits and become more productive. We recommend this easy-to-read handbook to disorganized people who have always wondered how the other half does it.

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