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Get Everything Done and Still Have Time to Play [Paperback]

Mark Forster
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7 Sep 2000 Help Yourself

Time is what our lives are made of. Failure to use it properly is disastrous. Yet most books on time management don't work because they take little account of human psychology or the unexpected. This book, written for everyone who has to juggle different demands in a busy schedule, includes lots of help and advice in finding a system that works effectively and leads to more enjoyment of work and leisure.

'I left Mark Forster's time management workshop a changed woman. Yesterday I used his system for a whole day. It was stress-free and fun. I felt energised and satisfied at the end of it.'

Sarah Litvinoff


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (7 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340746203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340746202
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Forster argues in refreshingly sharp prose that time management is too difficult for most people. There is nothing you can do to change the pattern of 24 hours, seven days, 52 weeks and so on. "There is no such thing as time management", he says. "Time just is." But what you can do is to focus more effectively. Confiding that he is naturally disorganised, Forster, a life coach, manager of his own network marketing business and Resources Officer for the Diocese of Chichester, shares his own "attention focusing" techniques. His methods are based on his own experience and on the workshops and seminars he runs on how to get everything done. These include looking beyond the immediate tasks, learning to say "no", sorting out the significant from the trivial, and costing everything you do against a notional hourly rate of pay so that you can evaluate every activity against its "cost"--from watching the television news to going to a meeting or praying. Accept, he says, that the main reason most people don't do things is disinclination--not lack of time. So you must be honest to identify resistance--the "R factor"--in yourself. Then deal with it. It is important to make time every day for "depth" activities too. Yoga, meditation or journal writing, for example, can create "an oasis of calm" in "the daily grind of clashing priorities". Or it could be learning a language or playing a sport. But don't try and do many different things. Foster laments our modern tendency to favour depth over breadth by getting involved in "more and more things in a shallower and shallower way". There is plenty to think about here and some sound practical advice. The only problem is that you have to find time to read it! --Susan Elkin

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In a radically new approach, Mark Forster provides the techniques that will enable anyone to achivee time mastery

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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
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My title sums up the theme of the book: it is an illusion to think you can manage time but you can manage what you focus on. And if you have too many things to give sufficient focused and regular attention to them, you need to make some brutal decisions and cut things out. This book absolutely rocks. Take it from someone who has read more time-management books than most (I think) - this one convincingly explains what is wrong with the other approaches and then goes on to help you develop ways to cut out what you need too (yes, sorry, some stuff may have to go) and to systematically deal with the rest). What a book! I have been reading it as fast as I can and I cannot reccomend it enough, especially for the price it is available here. I feel liberated and mentally stronger and more focused after only three days. BUY IT, USE IT AND BE FREE!!
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Another time management book? Another list of ideas on how to do things better, another reminder of how much more there is to do?
A closer look at the title suggests something rather different "How to get everything done, and still have time to play". This book obviously isn't going to be just another conventional book repeating old formulae.
When you then read in the first chapter, that Mark Forster is far from organized himself and that he regards himself as the kind of person who does his Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve, you know that this isn't going to be some super-efficient robotic approach.
Mark's own efforts to manage his time led him into an examination of familiar time management techniques, such as "do it now", and the first part of the book is an exploration of these techniques. He shows how they might be useful, and also illustrates their limitations.
He then goes on to show us that what is more helpful is to develop a "time-and-life management" system, something that can apply all of the time, rather than only in specific circumstances. Crucially, he also recognises that the reason a lot of time management schemes fail is that we have some psychological resistance to the tasks or processes in hand.
Where this book excels is that Mark understands these resistances from his own experience, and shares with us his tried and tested methods for working with these resistances. Rather than suggesting techniques that go against the grain, he has developed a system that takes you through your resistance. For instance, he acknowledges that, in general, people often tend to work better in short bursts rather than long slogs. Rather than trying to change this behaviour, he his system takes full advantage of this.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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I don't often write book reviews, but was moved to write a review of this book because I found it made a difference to me after reading just the first few chapters. The author has a way of writing that indicates he has 'been there' - a disorganised, over stressed mess - and he show's step by step how we can get out of the trenches and start living again. Using simple techniques and 'brain muscle' exercises that can slowly be built upon, he shows us where we are going wrong in our attitudes about time and time management. Highly recommended.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Common sense advice - but very worthwhile 17 Jan 2003
By Bobby Elliott VINE VOICE
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This is the best book on time management that I've read -- and I've read a few! It's well written and short - so it doesn't take long to read. There's not much here that you will not have heard before but he writes it so well - with so much common sense - that it sticks in a way that other books don't. He uses plain English and down-to-earth examples to illustrate his point - without a hint of management-speak.
On the down-side, the writer isn't very typical. He doesn't appear to be under the same pressure as most people -- so you may find his advice a little irrelevant if you have a traditional 9-to-5 working life.
But it's not. In fact, there are lots of little gems of advice that have genuinely helped me organise my affairs - and for which I am grateful. I highly recommend it.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Your Time 16 Nov 2002
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I really benefitted from reading this book. I wavered over whether to buy it or not because though I rarely have a second to call my own, and am often so tired I can hardly see straight; I equated busy with productive. This book made me look at my life and why I'm always so hectic, then it provided structures to alleviate the mad dash that defined my days. All the authors advice is sound and practical; I defy anyone not to get a lot of benefit from reading it.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars probably the most important book you'll read 30 July 2004
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I took 2 weeks out of my work because i was pretty much at the end of my wits with it, it was stressful, complex and running me into the ground. I was achieving as far as i could see nothing, day after day, i was putting off tasks, although I had time to do them, because there was always something else i needed to do, another task or just needing space. Just reading through this book, without having put anything really into test back in the office, i can see that what mark is recommending in this book is fundimentially what I need to do. I can play this through in my head and see exactly how it would work, and its just so simple!! I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone, if you feel lost in your time you MUST get this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Picked up some great tips
Published 22 days ago by rebecca
2.0 out of 5 stars Buy 'Do It Tomorrow
Mark Forster substantially updated his ideas six years after he wrote this, in his book Do It Tomorrow, in 2006. That's a better book.
Published 3 months ago by SimpleSimon
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably Forsters best book. Lots of helpful ideas and suggestions
I really like this book.

Its written by an ordinary flawed fellow man in plain English. This is not a book written by super man (or woman) for wanna be super people but... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Birolli
3.0 out of 5 stars Its' okay
Nothing new really in this book. If you have a book on time management already then you have the answers to your problems this book just puts it in a different way.
Published 11 months ago by Red Tulip
1.0 out of 5 stars A terrible mix of everything
As always, let's go through the whole book to see why you should NOT buy it.
This book is 200 pages long. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A little dry for younger readers...
I am always on the look-out for inspiring books for my nieces who are in their teens. This seemed like an appropriate book by the title and the reviews are fairly positive as... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Maureen
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Management
I have read many time management books and this is probably the best one I have ever read. The author explains why most of the other time management theories 'scientifically' don't... Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2011 by Anna
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful
A decent book on overcoming procrastination and improving your time management.
Nothing earth shattering but many of the techniques and principles work quite well. Read more
Published on 19 Nov 2010 by The Emperor
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the title suggests
I notice that this is one of three books by this author (this may not be his best) and perhaps you can judge a book by its cover. The cover is functional but nothing special. Read more
Published on 4 July 2010 by Stephen Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but earth shatteringly effective
Don't be fooled by this apparently simple little text - read carefully, commit to the exercises and feel the relief! Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2009 by J. McClean
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