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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (27 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8120326962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735620407
  • ASIN: 0735620407
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 835,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author: Sally McGhee is a leading innovator in the field of personal productivity. She has provided productivity training and consultation for a wide range of businesses and organizations throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States. Product Description: Unrelenting e-mail. Conflicting commitments. Endless interruptions. In Take Back Your Life!, productivity expert Sally McGhee shows you how to take control and reclaim something you thought you'd lost forever-your work-life balance. Now you can benefit from Sally 's popular and highly regarded corporate education programs, learning simple but powerful techniques for rebalancing your personal and professional commitments using the productivity features in Microsoft® Outlook®. Learn the proven methods that will empower you to: Clear away distractions and loose ends and focus on what's really important to you and your business. Take charge of your productivity using techniques and processes designed by McGhee Productivity Solutions and implemented in numerous Fortune 500 companies. Customize and exploit the productivity features in Microsoft Outlook to help you create balance at home and on the job. When you change your approach, you can change your results. So learn what thousands of Sally's clients worldwide have discovered about taking control of their everyday productivity-and start transforming your own life today! Note: Take Back Your Life covers Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, Outlook Version 2002, and Outlook 2000.

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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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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Gareth J M Saunders on 15 Feb. 2005
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I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church in Edinburgh, and having moved to two new parishes 18 months ago -- working within a team, but now with extra responsibilities -- I was beginning to feel overwhelmed by my workload: chaplaincy work, parish work, diocesan, and provincial work, not to mention my own personal projects. I was feeling paralyzed with fear much of the time about how much I needed to do.
I did use a PDA (a Psion 5mx) and MS Outlook 2003, and I synchronized them regularly. My filing is clear and consistent -- both on my PC and in my filing cabinet and folders. But somehow my system was still breaking down.
This book helped me in four areas:
1) Rationalize my COLLECTION POINTS -- I had 28!! I now have 6.
2) Rearrange my TASK CATEGORIES -- I used to have one category per project. Now I have adopted Sally's Strategic Next Action categories and it works brilliantly. I was sceptical and a little afraid before I did it, but kept reminding myself to persevere. I'm glad I did. I now track my Meaningful Objectives and Supporting Projects for both Church and Personal within my Outlook/Psion.
3) DOWNLOAD MY HEAD -- I was carrying 81 to-dos when I did this exercise in the book. I felt so much more relaxed once I got everything into Outlook. And because I sync my Psion I have my to do list with me at all times, and can immediately add tasks to it, to process later when I get home.
4) Move tasks to the CALENDAR -- I didn't know you could do that, and of course, it makes perfect sense to do that. Now I get stuff done!
I'm sure I have a long way to go yet, but this book has helped me no end. I've now recommended this book to my Mum, who has as many collection points are there are surfaces in her kitchen!
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Dr. on 18 Dec. 2004
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Having worked my way through a number of "productivity" books, I can heartily say that this is the best and most practical one that I have read and the only one that I have found easy to implement. The methods described are almost exactly the same as In David Allen's "Getting Things Done", however, the style is refreshing and most importantly for me, MS Outlook is integrated into your time management strategy.
If you use Outlook for your e mail, appointments and tasks, this is the book for you. It takes you step by step in setting up a time management system in Outlook that really works (Without the need to purchase an expensive addin - unlike "Getting Things Done").
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By R. North on 21 April 2006
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Having read both "Getting Things Done" by Dave Allen and Take "Back Your Life Using Outlook", I found that Sally McGhee's approach to Task Management is a lot easier to work with than Dave Allens - albeit they are very similar in concept.

I like in particular her explanation and discussion and the way she uses Outlook to manage the realationships between Meaningful Objectives, Supporting Projects and Significant Next Actions.

If you are using Outlook for email, calender and task management, and lets face it many of us do, this book illustrates a practical way of implementing a day to day personal management system that can provide huge personal productivity gains.

If you are a Dave Allen fan, then use this book to implement GTD in Outlook rather than the "using outlook" pamphlet that is available from GTD and the outrageously complicated (it screwed up my Outlook big time)Outlook Add In from an associated company of GTD.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Aug. 2005
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I recommend you consider 'Getting Things Done' before this book. There are some glaring gaps such as the section on getting your in basket to empty. In this book there is about one page on this, in GTD there are 20! I felt completly out on a limb once I'd taken all the advice to fill my in basket and then found little in the way of advice on emptying it.
I would say in it's defence that it goes into more depth when using outlook than GTD but then you would hope so, given the book's title!
I wrote to the author to give my feedback and she explained that the section had been taken out at Microsoft's behest to make the book smaller - not very helpful if you're looking for a holistic system to organise your life!
By all means get this as an expansion on GTD - but it's not a complete substitute.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Brown on 22 Jun. 2007
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Bit of a cliche, but if you work in an office and find the your life slipping away, then this book just might change your life.

Although very american (the title, objectives etc) this book succeeds beacause it's been written by a real consultant who has advised real people. All the tips are excellent and the process that the author outlines really can help make your workload easier to manage.

After reading this book I am recommending to all my colleagues.
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