I am so hooked on this book- it is my bible at the moment. When I first received it I thought it was ho hum... until I started really delving into it. I have already put into practice some of her tips and the quality of my life has improved in just a a short time. I use it constantly as a reference and have recommended it to friends. I can't say enough how helpful it has been and intend to read her book on office management as well.
This book focusses more on getting the home managed, but it is like alot of others that I have read. Unless you put into practice the lessons in these books they do no good. So just get up and do it. Try [...] this is a good time managing site. It works for homes as well as for offices. Teaching you how to form routines and good habbits.
(stick with my analogy here) There's a theory in preaching that the minister has to be over-the-top conservative and set some somewhat extreme examples for how his or her congregation should live life. The reasoning is that the more toward that behavior a person or family moves, the better off they'll be, even if they don't get it completely right.
Laura Stack does this masterfully in this work.
She is so detailed and so oriented toward controlling yourself (and by extension those within your family), in setting boundaries and more - that you can't help but find high value, even if you don't choose to go to her extreme.
I found that every chapter had a couple things I could do RIGHT NOW to improve and increase my available time - that being the book's promise.
Confession; first thing I did was plow through my clothes and stack up a ton of stuff to donate (kids - you are next!).
The home office cleansing followed.
She's a huge advocate of checklists (note the great book, Checklist Manifesto for validation of this idea).
FIND MORE TIME is loaded with plenty of useful tips and techniques you can use and I MOST HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.
I have two of her productivity books, and recently saw her speak. I can only say this- she knows her stuff! Her systems are lifesavers and best of all she lives by the systems she teaches. Her books are the most fun read of any 'organizer'type books I have found (I have shelves of them that I started but never finished because they bored me or made no sense).
Recently I had the opportunity to be at a training where Laura spoke on organization and finding more time, I attended two of her sessions and they were incredible. She has a terrific sense of humor and so many great examples. And unlike those speakers who spend their time selling their merchandise or systems, you really know she is there because she wants to help people enhance their ability to get organized. I highly reccomend her as a speaker for any event you have.
This book is a great resource for anyone who is overwhelmed by the stuff of life. I'm a work-at-home mom, but I'm extremely organizationally challenged. Because my "work" and my "home" all involve a multitude of jobs, I'm constantly sidetracked and distracted. I run around a lot, but often have little show for it. I did like "Leave the Office Earlier", but "Find More Time" was really what I was looking for as it covers everything that clogs up my brain and helps me sort it out with easy to follow tasks. I saw myself in the section about how "to-do's" are often "projects" and don't get done because they require too many steps. Now, my challenge is to implement and USE the ideas offered by Laura.
Bottom-line: Well worth your precious time! You know the author understands today's fast-paced work environment and family situation when in the introduction she suggests that you take her 80-item quiz to discover your areas of weakness and then go straight to the most needed chapters without having to read the entire book.
However, you WILL want to read this entire book. Here's why: The author has chosen a clever "house" metaphor to describe the eight pillars that support your life: plans, priorities, personality, pests (timewasters), possessions, paper, post (your job), play. Within each of those chapters, she gets VERY specific with quizzes to create self-awareness about how we sabotage ourselves and our time. That is, once you become aware of what keeps you from spending time as you intend, she gives plenty of concrete how-tos that you can use immediately to change the picture--everything from how to sleep better at night so you accomplish more the next day at work, ... how to save time on the telephone,...how to stop making excuses for watching TV every night when you need to redecorate the bedroom, ... how to organize your photo album collection.
Whether you're a slacker or a productivity guru already, you can certainly pick up many valuable pointers from this book to make sure you achieve your goals--for a day or a lifetime.
Somehow Laura Stack, the "Productivity Pro," makes greater efficiency at home seem easy to attain. She encourages systematic, thorough evaluation of your time-management strengths and weaknesses, and lays out the "eight pillars" that form the foundation for a smoothly functioning life. Her workbook is not a quick read, but it's full of organizing tips and useful recommendations on where to find the tools and resources you need to de-clutter. getAbstract recommends this how-to manual for those who want to have it all, including free weekends.