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Take Back Your Life!: Using Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 to Get Organized and Stay Organized (Business Skills) [Kindle Edition]

Sally McGhee , John Wittry
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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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 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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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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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but corny American style 20 Nov. 2007
By Mum of the animals VINE VOICE
Take Back Your Life is a genuinely useful book on how to use Outlook 2007 to improve time-management. I am using it at work and it has improved things so that it the litmus test.

But it does have irritating flaws.

The style is Americian corporate over-enthusiastic, and it keeps putting in corny dialogue as in ,
"We said, 'Great......Now what about profit and revenue'
Susan replied, 'Now you're really pinning me down!'
We responded, "That's exactly right..."

I say, "If you don't mind that style, well, great!"
But then I asked, "Doesn't it start to grate after a while?"
Then I said, "Just kidding! Ged it? Great and Grate!"
Then I responded, "Now, I'm starting to write in that unfocused way myself."

My fundamental point: It is a book about time-management but it takes far more words than is necessary to get its point across. Us busy, busy people don't have time for that.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I no longer am a slave to my inbox! 18 Feb. 2009
This book does, as another reviewer points out, go on a bit. It could have been written in 1/2 the number of pages - saved a tree of two and still made the point clear.

Having said that, I am no longer a slave to me inbox! Its really helped to explain how to use all the functions of outlook to change the way you work and help to reorganise yourself - I perhaps spend more time organising that I ever did before - but I do everything I expect to do every day.

I no longer come into work and stress about going through all the things that need to be done and I can work through my task list knowing that things are actually getting done - on time.

A GREAT READ - I'll pass it around the office to everyone I work with too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Elle
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book after reading the recommendations on Amazon, and have been more than impressed by the contents. It took me several weeks to work through and implement, but the difference in my work and home life has been phenomenal. Prior to reading this book I only used Microsoft Outlook for email, and my inbox was overflowing. I was stressed, anxious, and constantly worried that there were things I had forgotton.

I now have a complete task list, where I store everything I have to do. I transfer this onto my calender and work from there. I've used the suggestions for working through projects, and setting my goals for the year, and that alone has been incredibly useful. I now have a clear idea of what I can say no to, and, for the first time, I am comfortable saying no, as I can see where things fit into my overall goals, and also see how much time I have available.

The difference this book has made is amazing. Each day I wake up and cannot wait to get started. I know exactly what needs doing, and I can forget about upcoming jobs as they are on my task list, not in my head. I have changed the way I write emails: I pay attention to the content, think carefully about who I copy in, and write specific subject lines. I am stricter with myself about sticking to my working hours, have set up systems to that colleagues know when I am available and when I am not and have stopped doing countless hours unpaid. Despite this, my productivity has shot up.

In my personal life, I am getting through hundreds of jobs on and in the house, and gradually am transforming my home into the place I want it to be. I feel happier, more in control and a whole lot less stressed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This works for me, I give it cult status! 2 Mar. 2008
If you want to get better at managing your time and keep on top of the things that really matter whilst maintaining balance between your life and work, this is the book to help you do it. Sally McGhee's principles and guidelines, centered around MS Outlook, deserve a cult following!

Working through this book has helped me to gain clarity about the most important things in my life, identify the actions that will create these, plan them into my schedule and then act on them. McGhee recommends using the calendar to plan the day, and although I was initially sceptical, it has revolutionised the results I am achieving. The weekly review supports me to course correct and keep on track.

I have two jobs and a hectic personal life. I have studied countless other systems, methodologies and ideas. This one has really worked consistently for me over time, and McGhee's is practical, whilst underpinned by research that supports the principles espoused. For fans of GTD, there are similarities, McGhee and Allen having worked together in the past. However, this approach has given me the tools to create real change. If you want to use Outlook, or a similar application, McGhee has the answer.
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