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Here are some of the most popular titles currently on offer from the Amazon list on how to manage your time more effectively. Just click on a book to jump to the Amazon site for more information. Most of the descriptions have been provided by the publishers.

Get Everything Done and Still Have Time to Play
Mark Forster

Mark Forster argues in refreshingly sharp prose that time management is too difficult for most people. There is nothing you can do to change the pattern of 24 hours, seven days, 52 weeks and so on. "There is no such thing as time management", he says. "Time just is." But what you can do is to focus more effectively. Confiding that he is naturally disorganised, Forster, a life coach, manager of his own network marketing business and Resources Officer for the Diocese of Chichester, shares his own "attention focusing" techniques. His methods are based on his own experience and on the workshops and seminars he runs on how to get everything done.

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.

It is important to make time every day for "depth" activities too. Yoga, meditation or journal writing, for example, can create "an oasis of calm" in "the daily grind of clashing priorities". Or it could be learning a language or playing a sport. But don't try and do many different things. Foster laments our modern tendency to favour depth over breadth by getting involved in "more and more things in a shallower and shallower way".

Managing Workplace Chaos: Workplace Solutions for Managing Information, Paper, Time, and Stress
Patricia Hutchings

Office workers are forced to contend with countless e-mails, memos, endless meetings and non-stop phone calls on a daily basis, and still get their work done. This is a comprehensive guide that shows businesspeople how to triumph over problems with time management, incoming information and stress. The book shows how to control the chaos of the workplace by learning new skills, such as: speed and comprehension development for more effective reading; effective goal setting through the creation of a master activity list; and action steps to combat situational, physical and emotional stress. Filled with anecdotes, examples, quizzes, worksheets, and a special stress inventory test, this book provides readers with the tools to keep office chaos at bay.

Getting a Project Done on Time : Managing People, Time, and Results
Paul Williams

This guide to successful project management provides an easy-to-follow roadmap to planning a course of action, staying on track and finishing a project. The book supplies step-by-step instructions on project management, including how to: begin a project with realistic goals; apply planning techniques to co-ordinate multiple tasks and activities; and communicate with supervisors and influence colleagues.

It provides guidelines that are applicable to a wide variety of readers, from a newly appointed project manager to a tech professional with a complex assignment but no team. It is also filled with self-assessment tools, checklists, tips and other aids for getting a big job done on time and with desired results.

Effective Time Management
John Adair

Time is a precious resource, both irreplaceable and irreversible. But how can you learn to save time and spend it wisely? "Effective Time Management" should help you make the most of every hour. In this guide, John Adair focuses on the time available for daily use using a wide range of examples and case studies, helping to: identify long-term goals and middle-term plans; plan the day and make the best use of your time; and learn to delegate and acquire time effectiveness in the office and at meetings.

Take Back Your Time
Jan Jasper

Many successful people spend too much of each day in crisis mode. In this practical book, consultant Jan Jasper shares the simple strategies she uses to help her clients (and herself) become better organized and more productive. Written with a generous understanding of why we hold on to things - including our self-defeating habits - this is a guide to getting back your desktop your peace of mind, and your time.

The Everything Time Management Book
Bob Adams

Prioritising time to devote to the accomplishment of tasks is the key to professional and personal success. The Everything Time Management Book allows readers, no matter whether in the course of their personal lives or in a professional capacity to place matters in their proper perspective. In this illuminating and useful book, the author explains how to: * Re-evaluate attitudes about time. * Prioritise and set goals. * Bring order and simplicity to chaotic lifestyles. * Accomplish more in less time. * Say "no" and delegate responsibilities. * Make the most of leisure time.

This book will help in making smart decisions about time management. From working mothers to college students to office executives, The Everything Time Management Book has tips that will help in the organisation of the busiest lives.

Time Management for Dummies
Jeffrey Mayer

This guide offers tips to help the reader prioritise, get organized and accomplish the things they need to. This second edition contains updated information on time-management tools and resources, as well as expanded coverage on easy, efficient time-management skills. There are strategies for organizing files and desktops for ease of use, optimising time on the telephone, and side-stepping the avalanche of emails, voice-mails and general miscellaneous memos that can derail your time and attention from important projects.

There is also advice on getting people to make a decision when your schedule depends on their input, as well as tips for time-management when traveling and quick desk exercises to combat that unproductive mid-afternoon slump. Finally, the book includes new and revised sections on assessing your personal time management style, time management on the go, at home, and while commuting, plus the latest time management software.