Take Back Your Life: Using Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 to Get Organized and Stay Organized

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Take control of the unrelenting e-mail, conflicting commitments, and endless interruptions—and take back your life! In this popular book updated for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, productivity experts Sally McGhee and John Wittry show you how to reclaim what you thought you’d lost forever—your work-life balance. Now you can benefit from McGhee Productivity Solutions’ highly-regarded corporate education programs, learning simple but powerful techniques for rebalancing your ...

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Overview

Take control of the unrelenting e-mail, conflicting commitments, and endless interruptions—and take back your life! In this popular book updated for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, productivity experts Sally McGhee and John Wittry show you how to reclaim what you thought you’d lost forever—your work-life balance. Now you can benefit from McGhee Productivity Solutions’ highly-regarded corporate education programs, learning simple but powerful techniques for rebalancing your personal and professional commitments using Outlook 2007.
Empower yourself to:

  • Clear away distractions, tie up loose ends, and focus on what’s really important to you.
  • Take charge of your productivity using techniques designed by McGhee Productivity Solutions and implemented by numerous Fortune 500 companies.
  • Balance your home and work priorities by exploiting the enhanced productivity, organizational, and search capabilities in Outlook 2007.
  • Go beyond just coping and surviving to taking charge of your time—and transform your life today!
  • PLUS—Get a quick reference poster to McGhee Productivity Solutions’ proven methodology for managing workflow.
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You can learn how to use Outlook. Or you can learn how to use Outlook to take back your life: to get really organized, without becoming one bit more obsessive-compulsive than necessary. If the latter sounds better, this is your book.

Sally McGhee doesn't start with point-and-clicking: She starts by helping you root out "limiting beliefs" that stand in your way, define real productivity, and plan a simple way to manage your whole life. In so doing, she shares lessons she's taught (and learned) with thousands of executives.

You'll learn how to use Outlook to minimize interruptions, reset others' expectations of you, and hold them more accountable. Next, using Outlook, you'll build an "action system" with truly meaningful objectives. McGhee helps you understand what objectives are truly meaningful for you; how to define projects and "strategic next actions" targeted at moving those objectives forward; and what to put in your "someday maybe" category of things to accomplish.

McGhee demonstrates how to use Outlook to create a single, coherent "reference system" that helps you find what you're looking for without tearing your hair out. She offers a full chapter of guidance on processing email more efficiently: one that makes full use of everything from Subject to Cc and Bcc lines to Outlook flags (and finally organizes your Inbox).

You'll learn why it makes better sense to use your Calendar for prioritizing and planning, not your to-do list (and how to set up your Calendar to do so as effectively as possible). There's guidance on reflecting travel and post-vacation "catch-up" time in your schedule; handling meeting requests more efficiently (including when to say no); and a whole lot more. Isn't this the way you've always wanted Outlook to work for you? Bill Camarda, from the August 2007 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735623439
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 6/20/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 55,090
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

A recognized thought leader and innovator in the field of productivity management, Sally McGhee has trained thousands of people in the corporate environment. She has more than 25 years experience as a consultant and an executive coach, and is the founder and CEO of McGhee Productivity Solutions.

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Who Is This Book For?
  • Laying the Foundation for Productivity— Using an Integrated Management System
    • Chapter 1: Changing Your Approach Changes Your Results
    • Chapter 2: Defining Productivity
    • Chapter 3: Creating an Integrated Management System


  • Creating an Integrated Management System—The Collecting Phase
    • Chapter 4: Setting Up Your Collecting System
    • Chapter 5: Successfully Managing Interruptions
    • Chapter 6: Clearing the Mind


  • Creating an Integrated Management System—The Processing and Organizing Phase
    • Chapter 7: Setting Up Your Action System
    • Chapter 8: Creating Meaningful Objectives
    • Chapter 9: Processing and Organizing Categories: (none)
    • Chapter 10: Improving Your Reference System
    • Chapter 11: Processing and Organizing Your E-Mail


  • Creating an Integrated Management System—The Prioritizing and Planning Phase
    • Chapter 12: The Prioritizing and Planning Phase


  • You've Read the Book. What's Next?

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Organize and manage through Outlook

    I have studied time management for many years, and taught classes, but this book provides the most useful, comprehensive bridge between the structure of managing all there is to do, and the mechanics of using the lastest electronic support. I highly recommend it and even buy copies for my friends.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    Great Book, I would highly recommend it

    This book has given me some great ideas about how to control my time. I have implemented some of her suggestions. I am already seeing positive results.

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  • Posted October 19, 2009

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    Savvy guide on using Microsoft Outlook

    To be productive, you need a good organizational system. Here, productivity experts Sally McGhee and John Wittry detail their time- and workflow-management system, which is based on Microsoft Outlook 2007. They offer precise, step-by-step instructions on mastering this software to organize your work and personal life. Their book presents numerous detailed organizational steps and screenshots with precise instructions. getAbstract finds that this solid software manual does a fine job of showing you how to plan, prioritize and manage your activities by maximizing Outlook's productivity-boosting capabilities.

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