Time Management from the Inside Out - PCC - ebook

A thoroughly updated and expanded edition of the definitive guide to managing and freeing up time Applying the groundbreaking from-the-inside-out approach that made Organizing from the Inside Out a New York Times bestseller, Julie Morgenstern set a new standard for the time- management category. Her system has helped countless readers uncover their psychological stumbling blocks and strengths, and develop a time-management system that suits their individual needs. By applying her proven three-step program-Analyze, Strategize, Attack-and following her effective guidelines, readers will find more time for work, family, self-improvement, or whatever is most important to them. Time management is a learnable skill, and in this completely revised edition, Morgenstern provides the ultimate tools to combine, delegate, and eliminate unnecessary tasks; put technology to work; and stop procrastinating once and for all. This revised edition of Time Management from the Inside Out delivers - a new chapter about the WADE formula for getting started - new time maps for people with irregular schedules - new four-, eight-, and twelve-week program guides for improving time-management skills  - a fully updated resource guide

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Main Idea

A robust, professional quality time management system is actually an ongoing feedback loop consisting of four steps:

The objective of time management from the inside out is to design a scheduling system that fits your needs like a glove. Since every person is unique, there is no definitive “right” or “wrong” way to manage your time. Instead, the ideal time management system for you purely and simply makes you feel good because you feel productive.

The real measure of success in time management isn't how much you achieve—it's how you feel about how you're spending your time. Achieve the right balance and you'll approach every day with enthusiasm and look back on your life and your career with satisfaction.

Key Thoughts

“Being organized, whether with your space or time, is all about being ready. It's about feeling in command so that you are prepared to handle all of the opportunities, distractions and surprises life throws your way. We live in a complex, fast-paced world filled with infinite possibilities and opportunities. When you develop good time management skills, instead of being over-whelmed by it all, you can celebrate it. You know what to choose. You feel clear and focused, ready to take on life.”

Julie Morgenstern


Obstacles to good time management come in three varieties:

Technical errors—the absence of the requisite time management skills and techniques.

External realities—environmental problems beyond your direct control.

Psychological obstacles—the hidden, internal habits that can sabotage your attempts.

When you understand the nature of the obstacle you face, the way to move forward will often be obvious.

Technical Errors

Common technical errors in time management include:

■ Tasks that have no specific time assigned to them and thus keep on getting put off for a future date

■ Setting aside the wrong time for specific tasks—for example, attempting to approach a task that requires concentration when your personal energy levels are low

■ Being unrealistic and not allowing enough time

■ Being unable to delegate a task to someone else

■ Approaching a simple task in an overcomplicated way

■ Failing to remember everything you need to do

■ Trying to work in a disorganized physical workspace

Technical errors are usually easily rectified. In fact, once you realize you're suffering from a technical problem, the solution will often be just as obvious. Simply put, once you understand a technical problem, make the necessary adjustments and everything will be in order. You can then move forward with confidence.

External Realities

Common external realities that can impede the effectiveness of a time management system are:

■ Having an unrealistic workload—whether it is self-imposed or assigned by someone else

■ Health problems

■ Being in a transitional situation—personal life changes, moving, starting a new job, etc.

■ Being forced to work in an environment where there are many interruptions and distractions

■ Having a disorganized partner—professional or personal

Unlike technical errors, external realities cannot be easily rectified. There are often significant hurdles standing in the way. Also, by definition, external realities are often beyond your direct control in any event.

Therefore, the key to minimizing the impact of external realities on your time management system is to develop ways to adapt to them. If you approach these problems with the objective of developing a pragmatic solution, you'll be able to find a way to move forward.

Also, cut yourself a little slack. There's no reason you should take the blame for something that is an external reality. Instead, acknowledge it, find ways to work around it and keep pressing forward.

Psychological Obstacles  

The most common mental blocks to achieving more are: