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Reclaim your calendar … and your life

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Stever Robbins, famous for advice on maximizing your creativity and whipping your e-mail into submission, now is integrating time management and innovation into a coherent system for getting things done.

From his new guide to working less and accomplishing more:

Live on purpose. Figure out what’s really important to you, and then set your priorities through life maps with your goals plotted out. Expose your blind spot so you won’t have any nasty surprises sneak up on you.

Most people think the solution is to put in longer hours. But the better way is to master time management so you don’t feel overloaded in the first place. Access a time management system for overworked managers...

Make technology your slave, not the other way around. Gadgets should give you freedom. “When technology diverts you while pretending to help you, that’s the worst,” Robbins says. Turn off devices so they can’t hijack your agenda, and set a “designated interruption time.”

Don’t confuse “neat” with “organized.” Recent research shows you can spend too much time sorting and filing—even if someone is doing it for you.

Rather, “everything in its place” may well mean one of several dozen piles around your office, as long as you know which pile to attack when you need something. Don’t waste time keeping the place pristine.

We can’t add any hours to the day, but with Control the Chaos, we can help you get the most out of the ones you spend in the office. Learn how...

Prioritize. The 80/20 rule does not apply only to your customers; it also should govern your workload. Stop trying to do things perfectly. Focus instead on better preparation and speedier decision-making for the fifth of your work that counts most.

If you do add top priorities, take away low priorities. Make to-do lists that let you delegate, and create resource books for reference as you add new skills.

Last but not least …

Follow your own advice.

— Adapted from Get-It-Done Guy’s 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More, Stever Robbins, St. Martin’s Griffin.

Control the Chaos has dozens of easy-to-implement strategies that help you:
  • Speed through today’s – and every day’s – to-do list
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  • Boost teamwork without spending money
  • Learn secrets for NEVER missing deadlines or details
  • Use mental training techniques to stay in top form
  • Handle this morning’s e-mail and voice messages in less than 10 minutes
  • Learn how to say “no” and still delight your boss
  • Delegate more effectively to improve your own job performance
  • Use creative thinking to put out fires faster and easier
  • Keep difficult colleagues from sabotaging your priorities
  • Recruit allies throughout your company to help control the chaos
  • And much more!
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