Time Management

by Di McLanachan

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The seven habits of highly successful people

Stephen Covey, published by Simon & Schuster Ltd, 1989, 350 pages

Stephen Covey’s book took the self-help market by storm in 1990 and has enjoyed phenomenal sales ever since. With over 15 million copies in print, the book has become a classic. Now a touchstone for millions of individuals, as well as for families and businesses, the integrated, principle-centered 7 Habits philosophy has helped readers find solutions to their personal and professional problems, and achieve a life characterised by fairness, integrity, honesty, and dignity.

Get everything done and still have time to play

Mark Forster, published by Help Yourself, 2000, 206 pages

This book reached the bestseller lists and cover many methods and ideas. These include looking beyond the immediate tasks, learning to say ‘no’, sorting out the significant from the trivial, and costing everything you do against a notional hourly rate of pay so that you can evaluate every activity against its ‘cost’ – from watching the television news to going to a meeting or praying. Accept, he says, that the main reason most people don’t do things is disinclination – not lack of time. So you must be honest to identify resistance – the ‘R factor’ – in yourself. Then deal with it.

The one minute manager meets the monkey

Kenneth Blanchard, published by HarperCollins Business, December 2000, 133 pages

How management can effectively rid themselves of ‘monkeys’ – other people’s responsibilities that cling to them and prevent them managing efficiently. This book explains in simple terms how to achieve a balance between supervision and delegation for reduced tension and improved productivity in the work-place. Basically, if you are looking after everybody else’s monkeys, you won’t have time for your own.


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