Certain principles related to time and paper management are timeless. Here’s an annotated bibliography of ‘oldies but goodies.’
Aslett, Don. (1991). Not for packrats only: How to clean up, clear out, and dejunk your life forever. New York: Plume Books.
This guy is the king of clean-up! And, he makes it fun to read about cleaning up. See if you can top any of his stories with examples from your own life of strange things you’ve saved, etc. This book is a motivator for me.
Bittel, Lester R. (1991). Right on time! The complete guide for time-pressured managers. New York: McGraw Hill.
This book is the most far removed from education of any of the ones I’ve actually bought or checked out of the library, but, there are still good ideas for teachers in terms of figuring out how your time is spent, becoming more productive, etc. Worth checking out from a library, but not buying.
Bliss, Edwin C. (1983). Doing it now. New York: Bantam Books.
This book, along with Getting Things Done by the same author, are considered classics in this field. Both are simple to read, but with clear truths for those of us who need to manage our time better.
Braiker, Harriet B. (1986). The type E woman: How to overcome the stress of being everything to everybody. New York: New American Library.
What can I say–the subtitle says it all. My guess is that most of you will recognize the description of the Type E woman. I have told friends of mine to run, not walk, to their nearest bookstore to buy this.
Burka, Jane B. and Yuen, Lenora M. (1983). Procrastination: Why you do it, what to do about it. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.
The authors, both psychologists, offer a look at the “why” of procrastination–but they don’t stop there. They go on to help us get past the why. Very readable.
Covey, Stephen R., Merrill, A. Roger, and Merrill, Rebecca R. (1994). First Things First, New York: Simon & Schuser.
Well, this is one of those heavy books. You may recognize Stephen R. Covey’s name from his bestseller, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. This book is similarly outstanding. I found that I could not read it for any length of time because there is just too much. This is the book for when you are ready to think about your unifying principles and how to decide what is important in your life.
Culp, Stephanie. (1990). Conquering the paper pile-up: How to sort, organize, file, and store every piece of paper in your home and office. Cincinnati, OH: Writer’s Digest Books.
Other than to agree with the full title, there’s not much I can say about this book except that if we all followed the ideas in her book (with our own personal modifications), our classrooms and offices (and homes) would be much different than they are now.
Fiore, Neil. (1989). The NOW habit: A strategic program for overcoming procrastination and enjoying guilt-free play. Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc.
This book is for people who have become big-time procrastinators and who also never allow themselves to play. There are some interesting ideas within the covers.
Frank, Milo O. (1989). How to run a successful meeting in half the time. New York: Simon & Shuster.
This book offers good suggestions to anyone who has to call meetings–even occasionally. You might even want to highlight a few pages and send to someone you know–just to be helpful, of course…
Hedrick, Lucy H. (1990). Five days to an organized life: The fast, easy, and permanent system for getting things done…and doing things better. New York: Dell Publishing.
This book is essentially a workbook–and is to be used as such. If you really need someone to tell you exactly what to do to get more organized, she offers a step-by-step way. You might choose to take five weeks to a more organized life instead of just five days. I think the latter is really asking a lot!
Hemphill, Barbara. (1988). Taming the paper tiger: Organizing the paper in your life. New York: Dodd, Mead, & Co.
Hemphill deals with all of the paper in your life–in the kitchen, at work, your taxes, etc. Lots of good suggestions.
Keyes, Ralph. (1991). Timelock: How life got so hectic and what you can do about it. New York: HarperCollins.
This book is quite different from all the others on this list in that Keyes explores the reasons why we have all the others on this list. He offers a fascinating look at the history of time and our compulsion with managing it. He’s interviewed hundreds of people and their stories about the lock that time has on their lives sound quite familiar. Worth reading for some perspective.
Klein, Ruth. (1993). Where did the time go? The working woman’s guide to creative time management. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing.
This woman obviously is speaking from experience. Many of us can identify. She divides women into three motivational styles and then bases her suggestions for time management on each of the motivational styles.
Lakein, Alan. (1973). How to get control of your time and your life. New York: New American Library.
This is the classic in the field. Essentially all other experts in time management refer to this book. Although it is dated (i.e., the examples refer to men who are at work and women who are homemakers), there are still some good ideas here. I would recommend trying to find it at a library or used paperback book store. It is worth reading.
LeBoeuf, Michael. (1979). Working smart! How to accomplish more in half the time. New York: Warner Books.
An inexpensive paperback that offers a lot of good information on how we mentally get ourselves into working too hard and too long and too frantically–and then how to try to back off from this pace–and still feel good about what we’re getting done.
Just because books were published 10 or 20 years ago doesn’t mean they are out-of-date. Find some of these at your local library or online. See what might be useful to you. Just one tip can make a difference.