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How to Be Organized in Spite of Yourself: Time and Space Management That Works with Your Personal Style (How to Be) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 1999


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book; New Rev edition (1 Jan 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451197461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451197467
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 546,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By sharing real-life examples, this practical guide, based on ten personality types, shows how a personally adapted organizational plan can help increase productivity, decrease stress, and enhance one`s self-image. Reprint. Amazon.com description: Product Description: Get The Guide that helps you get it together! This is the perfect resource for the modern age of fast-paced business and lifestyles. Recognizing that just one organizational system is not for everyone, the authors have devised solutions that provide ten different systems to match ten basic personality types such as Perfectionist Plus, Hopper, Fence Sitter, Pack Rat, and Total Slob. Whatever a person`s style, whatever their habits, this book contains a surefire remedy to keep them organized and coordinated

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Many persons believe that either you were born organized or you weren't—and that if you weren't, you're doomed to a lifetime of mismatched socks and disappearing file folders. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By writtenpage on 16 July 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book starts well, and allows you to consider what habits you have accumulated that cause problems with your organisation. Sound principle to consider what your habits are but not much new advice on how to tackle the issues you identify and what steps to take - especially if you already know what the issues are!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Marple on 16 Jun 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book has helped me put my own organisational skills into perspective & build upon What's There, rather than seeking to take on someone else's organisational methods. Because it works with what I already have (as a reader), it builds upon existing methods which it shows can be expanded upon rather than discarded by the reader. A useful pointer to help develop one's abilities. I wasn't far into the book before I was able to identify what style or organisational pattern I own and was able to develop it, which has been enlightening. Recommend this book and defo think its worth a look.
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Identifying Your Operational Style has Never Been Easier! 15 Nov 1999
By D. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I find it very refreshing when a book gives me permission to use notes of paper rather than a planner, handle paper more than once when it crosses my desk, and allows me to actually have a desk with things on it. Why, they even let you have a junk drawer, or HandyDrawer for those things I just might need someday (as long as I clean it out once in awhile).
The authors of How to Be Organized in Spite of Yourself have done just that, and help us identify ourselves within the Ten Operational Styles: Hopper, Perfectionist Plus, Allergic to Detail, Fence Sitter, Cliff Hanger, Everything Out, Nothing Out, Right Angler, Pack Rat, or Total Slob. And we don't even have to fit perfectly into any one, so we can adapt our organizing system according to several different styles.
Time logs are not new to a student of organizational techniques, but the authors encourage us to analyze our logs and identify which tasks have the most value, could be delegated, interrupted, etc. Since most of us don't realize where the time actually does go, this tool forces us to document where and how we get things accomplished. Only then can we change our system and create a new workable one.
Full of tips for streamlining your tasks and working with those who have opposing operational styles from our own, this book is very effective in helping us recognize timewasters and helps establish new ways of saving time for the things that actually do matter at work and home.
182 of 195 people found the following review helpful
Expectation Not Met 2 May 2004
By Natalie Cerasuolo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I purchased this book based on the reviews it received and the comparitively low price. (I had to laugh when I saw that one reviewer was an air traffic controller too!) I am glad that this book has been helpful for some. For me though, I found "Organizing, Plain and Simple" by Donna Smallin, to be much more practical.
As a single mom I'm looking for suggestions and practical tips to becoming more organized across the board. This book seems more geared to organizing your desk and tasks at work. It involves documenting how you spend your time, etc. That was not helpful to me since I would spend the majority of my day documenting instead of doing. The book also uses a tremendous amount of space describing each time/space management style without giving very many tips on how to overcome your particular style.
I am not comfortable being critical of these author's, I mean I couldn't write a book! The fact remains I was disappointed with this particular book since I didn't find much practical advice here.
59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Awesome 12 Aug 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book totally changed my outlook on all my junk. I've already cleared out half my house and I've only had it for 2 weeks. i've been a slob all my life and this is the first book on organization that actually inspired me to change. It helps you diagnose exactly what your problem is and how to fix it. Great for anyone ready to make a real change!
77 of 81 people found the following review helpful
If You Only Have Room for One Book - This Is It! 20 Jun 2002
By "organized4ever" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
So often we wish we could be more organized; but, once the initial enthusiasm wears off (usually pretty quickly) we find it hard to follow through and stay organized. We can't understand why - when our intentions are good - we just can't seem to succeed in our quest for a more organized lifestyle.
When you read How To Be Organized In Spite of Yourself, you'll get a feeling of lightbulbs flashing in your mind. You'll recognize your organizing and time management styles when you read about the ten different styles described in the book. Once you understand how you may have been working against your style, it will be easier to tackle the next organizing effort. You are more likely to succeed when you adapt the methods most suited to your own personal style. So instead of working against yourself, you'll find it much easier to follow through and get things done.
Packed with tips, practical advice, charts and good case studies, How To Get Organized In Spite of Yourself is THE definitive hands-on reference to creating and maintaining new time and space managing habits.
As a Organizing Consultant, this is practically my Bible, it was the first book I recommended for the students in my organizing course at SuiteU. I also recommend it for my private clients to keep their motivation high after their consultation is over.
Very highly recommended.
52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Organizational Tool! 5 Feb 2003
By David R. Bess - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is one of the best I have read on its subject. One of the things I liked best is that after reading the opening chapters, I could go to the two chapters that describe the time and space management styles that are unique to me. The tips found there are very helpful!
I recommend this book to all busy administrators who want to get a better handle on their time and space management skills. It's a quick read, and will easily pay for itself through the time and money saved. Great buy!
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