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Who has made a New Year’s resolution to be more organized? I know that a little more organization would go a long way to making my home and life run more smoothly.
Time Management Problem?
It seems like there is never enough time to get everything done, despite my best intentions!
So for 2017 I am focusing on learning to effectively manage my time. I’ve looked at some online sites on time management, but I figure if I haven’t learned how to be organized yet I probably need more help than I can get in a five minute article! So I am hitting the library and bookstore to do some in depth time management advice. Here are 5 time management books that can help me (and you) keep our New Year’s resolutions!
Getting Things Done by David Allen
This book is a classic, and is one of the most recommended time management books around. Allen shows you how to set up a simple system that will allow you to track your time and be more efficient. It is geared more towards someone working in an office, but I found it still works well for my homeschooling and blogging tasks. The GTD system is all about getting the things you need to do out of your head and onto a list so you can prioritize the important things.
21 Days to a More Disciplined Life by Crystal Paine
I like this book because it is short and breaks things down into easily manageable chunks. It can be too overwhelming to try to make a lot of changes at once, and the more things you try to change the less likely you are to follow through. So this book shows you how to take a few small steps every day towards organization, and by the end of three weeks you have made real and noticeable progress. It just makes the whole thing seem less overwhelming.
Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy
The title is a little strange, but there are lots of great tips and techniques in this book. This book gives you 21 techniques to overcome procrastination. This is another book that breaks things down so it is easy to make the changes. It is easy to read and easy to follow. I have noticed that as I have gotten older my procrastination has gotten worse, so this is an area I really need to work on. If something is not due soon it just hasn’t been getting addressed!
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
This book was published over 25 years ago, and it is classic for a reason. A wonderful guide for making sure that your life is going where you want it to go, and being proactive about how you spend your time. The concepts sound simple but are very powerful. Another great advantage this book has is that it is easy to find a copy in any library in the country, so you don’t have to spend anything to read a copy. I already have a copy in a bookshelf in the basement that I have been ignoring for far too long!
This book is more centered on finding focus for your life and setting goals. But one of the ways to improve your time management is to figure out what you really should be doing, and what is not necessary! So this book gives lots of big picture advice on organization and has less specific formulas to implement. But it is inspiring and helps you make sure you aren’t organizing a bunch of tasks that you don’t really want to do anyway.