Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.
This is an excellent organizational book with very practical ideas and resources. Unfortunately, I like to refer back over and over again to sections of this type of book, so I bought the soft-cover version, too. It's now required bathroom reading to remind me.
Not Insulting my intelligence.
Unfortunately, the author embraced the philosophy of our public education system and really DUMBED IT DOWN FOR THE LEAST COMMON DENOMINATOR!
The author knows his stuff and read very well.
I am a Strong Believer in KEEP IS SIMPLE SMART (K.I.S.S.)It was well read and had a few good useable ideas.
Not a TOTAL waste of my money, but close to it. I'm just sorry I didn't listen to it sooner so that I could have RETURNED IT. But this book was't suppose to help me deal with my PROCRASTINATION ISSUES...
This may or may not be a great book for organizing your life but I can tell you after a couple of chapters - it is useless as an audiobook. The author suggests you do several writing exercises, answering a very long list of questions about your feelings with regards to "stuff" but goes through the list of questions very quickly. Later there is a long list of words you can choose from to decribe your core values. It wouldn't be so bad if there was an e-book companion, or if you could buy the Kindle book to go along with but that is not an option. If you want to give it a try, I strongly suggest you buy a hardcopy.
The author really was giving some fairly good insight, but the repetition was too much to deal with in an audio book ( as a reader you might get through it much faster), One issue for me in this audiobook is if you bought it to listen in the car or on train or a bus, its not helpful to have the book suggest that I "get out my journal" or "go do this find a bowl to put my keys in" "and do it now"...and to make comments like don't start listening again until thats done as the author suggests, That works for a text workbook, but not a audio book. I may try to listen again because the ideas seem smart, but you take too long to get there and there is no "speed it up" button!
If you really need to have someone walk you through a step by step how to be organized this might be right for you, but if you are beyond a chapter on "losing your keys" and instead you are looking for way to organize you whole complex business and home life and office you may be beyond this book.
no. might make a great 60 min tv show, but not 7 hours
To be clear....its really not a bad book, but was not right for me. I needed a more complex venture in organization, or I did not give it enough time to get there, so that meant I got board.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
This book seems to be geared more towards hoarders or forgetful people. There are lots of good tips for people who need it, but the book really wasn't for me. I'm totally a get rid of stuff person and I don't like nick knacks. I bought this on sale thinking maybe a new organization tip would help, only most the information I already knew and the author was condescending especially since he thought his way was the only way. Truthfully I didn't actually finish this book because there was nothing new for me. I grew up with a father who has OCD so doing things perfect were a way of life for me. But when I had my son, time grew thin. Then one year later I was diagnosed with cancer and at that point I stopped doing things perfect. Luckily I'm now in remission and I'm still really organized. I learned that I don't have to have every spot gone or all the chores done right away. Life is too short not to go and do the things you want or be with the people you love.
Can't say, would have been good to have the written version, but no time to read it.
Not at all.
No, I haven't
It made me change my habits.
Wish I had read this more than 20 years ago.
Very clear cut. If you need someone to simply tell you what to do and why in a no nonsense manner, Mellen is great.
Please know this book is almost useless unless you WORK through it and do most everything he says. It's not advice, it is step by step procedures. In a weird way it is like listening to a cook book. I have not finished the book as I intend to go back to certain chapters like The Kitchen and follow as I work.
It's a work book, similar to a cook book for organizing.
I was completely surprised by how just listening to this book changed my bad habits into healthy productive ones. I am 55 years old and never thought I'd get organized, but it's so easy with this book. I can hear Andrew Mellon tell me to put like with like every time I set something down. I like how he tells you the WHY of his methods. I am going to try to get my husband to listen to it!
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is challenged with too much stuff and organization.
To Andrew Mellon I would say Thank You So Much!!!
The book contained much good advice, but the hectoring manner of the text/narration was too much for me. Also given that this was a book about uncluttering, and getting rid of stuff, the book was a literary clutter of advice and ideas that were repeated and repeated. I would suggest Mellon, take his own advice and unclutter the book to less than half the size, with some general principles chapters and then lists and short notes for the specific areas.
I certainly intend to follow his advice, regarding books, and dispose of this book immediately.
The hectoring tone and the endless repetition.
There are a number of useful point.
Would like my money back.
Lots of detail but upfront he tells you the key to organising everything. You can stop there or go on to pick up tips on the items; your garage, car, attic, kitchen. bedroom, office et al.