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Do it Tomorrow and Other Secrets of Time Management [Paperback]

Mark Forster
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Book Description

20 July 2006
Mark Forster's book "Get Everything Done and Still Have Time to Play" took an entirely new approach to time management. One of his most important points was that once we have taken on a commitment, prioritising does not work because we need to do everything relating to that commitment. In the six years since he wrote the book as he has reached thousands of people through writing, seminars and coaching, he has continued to develop and refine his methods . He has now perfected even more effective methods of getting everything done through the introduction of some radical new ideas, including closed lists, the manyana principle and the "will do" list. He is brilliant at helping people to use new forms of communication effectively so that they do not become a tyrant. The result is a complete system which will enable almost anyone to complete one day's work in one day.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (20 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340909129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340909126
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A totally updated time management system to follow the author's highly successful 'Get Everything Done'

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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Do It Tomorrow"--Brilliant!! 23 Aug 2006
Format:Paperback
Mark Forster's new book, "Do it Tomorrow", is quite likely the only book you'll ever need to manage your time and your life (I should know--I've read most of the others!)

From closed lists to the manana principle, Mark's thinking is infused with clarity, applicability and a deep knowledge of human nature gleaned from his years of hands-on experience in coaching. You will find truly new ideas here--ideas that may go against your deeply held beliefs about time management (what? DON'T prioritise??); but start applying them and you'll see startling results almost immediately.

I've been applying Mark's principles for a month now and I can't imagine working any other way. I'm now on top of my work, have systems in place for incoming jobs, and I have time for my personal life. Every item on my "will-do" list gets crossed out by the end of the day. All with zero stress.

Most of all, the principles are simple and easy to apply on a daily basis, unlike so many books out there that necessitate you to spend more time planning what to do than actually doing it--so easy to apply, in fact, that you can start implementing them even before you finish reading the book!

A resounding 5 stars!!
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179 of 185 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. P. Stewkesbury VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
You could skip pages 1-108 and not really miss very much at all!

The author has some good tips and ideas to pass on, but unfortunately spends far too many pages presenting his theories on the way we think and feel; the side of our brain that plans versus the side that reacts; how to get one to fool the other.

There seems to be a laborious amount of repetition of these theories, I'm afraid those 100-odd pages are best described as waffle.

The form, presentation and layout of the book could also be a good deal better. Most contemporary books in this genre would make use of illustrations, relevant pictures, quotations etc. This book has none of these embellishments; it consists of 200 pages of plain text. The book contains many question & answer exercises, often running to ten or so questions, causing the answers to be 2 pages on from the relevant question - trivial, but believe me tedious when it has occurred enough times.

Another odd thing about the book is that the author has chosen to present a 'quick start' guide on one page as a preface before page 1:
"This book will tell you much more about how to do this, but the method essentially consists of these four steps"
1 - Put all the work you are behind on into backlog folders and put it where you can't see it.
2 - Collect all your incoming work during the day and deal with it the next day. Group similar tasks .... Aim to clear the lot every day.
3 - If anything is too urgent to leave for tomorrow, write it down and action it at a convenient time. Never take even the simplest action without writing it down first.
4 - Spend some time clearing the backlog folders every day.
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Backlog? What backlog? 6 Aug 2006
Format:Paperback
Having read and enjoyed Mark Forster's two previous comprehensive books on time management, I was wondering what he could possibly have left to say on the subject but "Do It Tomorrow..." is packed with new ideas and innovative thinking.

I read this book in just a few hours because (a) it's an easy and interesting read, and (b) I couldn't wait to get to the end to get started using the principles. I could see from the outset that they would work for me. After finishing, I immediately started applying the principles to clear an inbox of emails that had grown to 955 in size. His advice on dealing with backlogs (both electronic and paper) is worth the purchase of the book alone.

The style amalgamates those of his previous two books as Mark uses his own working environment as the testing ground throughout, the book gives systems for clearing backlogs, dealing with day-to-day work, identifying what's actually in a day's work, getting past stuck states, preventing projects becoming emergencies.

But apart from all this, I think the most helpful outcome for many readers will be that it gives permission for us all to stop beating ourselves up and stressing out and yet we'll still get our work done.

Personally, I think it's Mark's best work yet. There's only one thing that I would recommend you don't put off until tomorrow, buying this book. Buy it today and start cutting yourself some slack AND getting your life back in order tomorrow.
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely terrific little book 17 May 2007
Format:Paperback
1st edition (2006), 203 pages

Do It Tomorrow is only the fourth useful book on time management that I've come across (the other three are The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch, The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker and The Management of Time by James T Mackay - the last two of which were published decades ago).

Most standard time management dogma seems to involve advice about how to cram ever more of what you are currently doing into your day. I have been deeply suspicious of this approach for a long time now. It never worked for me and I've not seen it working for other people either.

I'll quote a paragraph from the beginning of chapter four (`The Problem with Time Management') which gives a good flavour of Forster's style and approach to his subject:

"The two things I want to examine are the concept of prioritising by importance and the frequently used tool of making a to-do list. Both of these tend to be the sacred cows of time management, and I believe both of them are fundamentally wrong. The reason is the same in both cases: they tend to make us do more of what gave us the problem in the first place."

It is a great shame that it is so rare for an author to pay close attention to the evidence, even if it leads to conclusions totally opposite to conventional wisdom on the subject. Mark Forster is one of those authors and I strongly advise reading his terrific little book - you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars super
very useful book and great practical advice
i like the fact that it is principally order/organization and not creativity that determines success more
Published 2 months ago by A Hameed
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Slightly different than other time management books with endless lists.
This helps you to focus on what needs doing for that day. Read more
Published 4 months ago by CP
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book. It's power is in it's simplicity.
Do It Tomorrow.

There are 16 chapters in the book. Chapter 16 is two pages long and doesn't really count. Read more
Published 4 months ago by AJC.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I never write reviews but this book has literally changed my life! I completely recommend it as a fresh approach to organising your time, even when you've tried different methods... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dyun
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical tips for better time management
This is a well-written, must-read book for anyone who wants to make effective use of every minute of their time.
Published 5 months ago by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book if you want to start changing your life!
I bought this book for my aunt, because she is always really stressed about all the things she has to do. Read more
Published 7 months ago by jwicb1893
4.0 out of 5 stars Good techniques which have improved productivity
This book contains simple principles for managing your time effectively, and particularly focusing on completing your to-do list every day. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Timothy Hilton
4.0 out of 5 stars Takes a little time to get going but well worth the wait.
This book is excellent, having read other reviews before I purchased when I started to read read it I was couldn't understand why it had got such good reviews. Read more
Published 8 months ago by S
2.0 out of 5 stars Forgot I bought it....!
Forgot I bought this book - which means I must have not read it - which kind of says it all really !!!
Published 10 months ago by onlyme120
4.0 out of 5 stars Do It Tomorrow and other secrets of time management
It can sometimes feel as though Getting Things Done (GTD) is the only show in town when it comes to personal productivity, and so I have decided to make a conscious effort to... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Peter Roy
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