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Bringing Time To Life: 120 Practical Tips For Managing Your Time And Enjoying Life

Alain Paul Martin

ISBN 10: 086502023X / ISBN 13: 9780865020238
Published by Professional Development Institute, 1994
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Title: Bringing Time To Life: 120 Practical Tips ...

Publisher: Professional Development Institute

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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Our personal time is a precious gift. A scare and non-renewable resource, it should be invested no less wisely than other valuable assets. This book is an invitation to nurturing our total growth – physical, emotional, professional or spiritual. It is about doing a superior job the first time and fulfilling our most-valued mission, both at work and at home. Perhaps, most important, it is about enjoying life and quality time with those we love and care for.

Saving time sounds like simple common sense. Yet, our experience with corporate clients and graduate students in management has amply demonstrated that the subject of time management is anything but simple. Too many people equate time management with efficiency and a race against the clock: doing it faster must be doing it better. Nothing could work more adversely against an effective performance. Nor is the race against time limited to the inexperience, as one might expect. Ironically, as we scan the corporate ladder, we note an increasing degree of stress and burnout the closer we get to the top. Constant overwork gives rise to flawed decisions and, all-too-often, to illness.

But make no mistake: time management is no quick fix. It is neither perfectionism nor an end in itself. Even the best time management behavior will not bring instant gratification. As a means to a better quality of life, time management aims at doing a superior job the first time with less stress and less paperwork. However, the road to success is mined with obstacles and failures. What characterizes winners more than anything else is that they don’t quit when they face failure. Learning what is involved in making our performance more effective is only the first and smallest step. Putting the know-how into practice over the long haul is the only way to excellence.

Thus, beware of cookbook recipes; the struggle to lead a fulfilling life never ends. Practice and ongoing learning are imperative to convert principles and tips into skills.

We have grouped the suggestions and tips for taking control on your time into 12 chapters: (1) Get the facts first; take time to think. (2) Plan wisely; be mission-driven. (3) Concentrate on priorities; leverage your time. (4) Reduce your total workload while increasing your effectiveness. (5) Think teamwork, delegate, and seek help. (6) Organize your space; use the best time savers. (7) Cut down on paperwork; value productive technology. (8) Subject the phone to the bottom line. (9) Run productive meetings. (10) Travel carefree. (11) Stretch your body and soul. (12) Make life worth living...

Bringing Time to Life is easy to read. Each of 120 tips starts with a short sentence in boldface. If the subject is not relevant, skip to the next point; otherwise, read further. Share the content with your work team, your managers and support staff, your family and friends. Helping them harness the power of time to improve their performance at wok and achieve more of their life goals with less stress is the most valuable gift you can give.

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Alain Paul Martin coaches executives and intelligence analysts and teaches strategy, risk management, negotiation and leadership. After witnessing too many executives retire in poor health or die in the job, Alain Paul Martin undertook several research assignments which have led to the book Bringing Time to Life. Alain's experience includes the turnaround of a national financial institution and the management of projects ranging from airport security, and e-business strategy for a multi-billion dollar client, to the evaluation of TV coverage of major news events. He has advised the Director General of UNESCO on restructuring and renewal, and has served as executive member of the non-partisan Committee of The Prime Minister of Canada on Government Reform. His presentation titled "Building a Great Nation and Governing in a World of Surprise Events" was attended by the Prime Minister of Canada, Cabinet ministers and legislators, among others.

Mr. Martin’s clients include Boeing, Boliden, Bombardier, EDC, GE, Cap-Gemini, GM, Hilton, MetLife, Procter & Gamble, Skanska Cement of Sweden, The Association for Science and Technology in China (CAST), the Swedish Employers Council, The Engineering Advancement Association of Japan, telecom companies, governments and NGOs.

An alumnus of Harvard Business School and a recipient of patents and innovation awards, Mr. Martin is the architect of HUMINT™ Contact, a human-intelligence software to map relationships between various players. He has invented the Harvard™ Business Planner and developed Harvard University Global System™ – a practical framework comprising management tools and road maps on human intelligence, issue analysis, strategy, risk and project management. He has also been recognized by the Project Management Institute (PMI) for "his outstanding contribution to the state-of-the-art of project management".

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