Business books seem to have three common themes. Some focus on time management. Others focus on goal setting, usually for the purpose of increasing sales. Still others, encourage readers to find the work they love and that makes them feel fulfilled.
Master Your Workday Now! takes these three themes and places them into a pyramid of actualization. At the bottom is Control, in which readers come to use task lists that separate critical tasks from those quick little jobs that eat up our day but accomplish little. Next, is Create. At this stage, the reader learns the difference between Target and Vision Goals and how to activate your goals. Finally, they learn to connect. This is when we begin to look to fulfillment and using our talents appropriately.
Master Your Workday Now! points out a lot of little things that we do each day that increase our stress and reduce productivity. Prioritization isn't enough. Rigid scheduling and countless lists or sticky notes actually make the problem worse. First, we need to get hold of our day and then we need to figure out where we are wasting valuable time and energy that could be better spent elsewhere.
on 3 May 2010
If, like many people, you feel pushed, frenzied, harried and crazed, project management expert Michael Linenberger is trying to help. He applies his logical engineering background to examining how the typical workday actually functions. He offers a multilayered method for getting a better handle on your day by organizing your tasks, activities and goals more efficiently and precisely. The list-making part of the book is perhaps more concrete and less subjective than subsequent sections on defining your mission and purpose, and aligning your life and your work. Linenberger's clear goal is to provide an entire package that will help people engage in productive self-discovery, so they can achieve work-life balance and career satisfaction. However, some of his processes seem both old school and a bit complex. Still, getAbstract recommends his very empathetic manual, particularly to those who are new to time management and personal goal setting.