Occasionally a book comes along that is short, a pleasure to read and truly helpful. If You Haven’t Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time To Do It Over by Jeffrey J. Mayer is such a book. Mayer has spent much of his career as a time management consultant and he has written a basic primer for those interested in organizing their lives to a greater degree.
Most of us are being required to do more work with fewer people. How to get this increased workload accomplished is a common problem. Mayer asks, “But are we really increasing our productivity, or just the number of hours we work?” He then offers a solution. The key to getting work done is not simply to work harder and longer but smarter! Better organization is a solution. This book is centered on the principle of “save time by wasting less of it!” The author uses his vast experience to offer ideas, techniques, and concepts to save time and use it more effectively.
If You Haven’t Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time To Do It Over provides common sense ideas that really work if we are willing to apply them. Being creatures of habit we tend to do things because that is the way they have typically been done. Mayer has boldly stepped out of the habitual routine to find ways to overcome daily obstacles to time and productivity. He attempts to show how time can be saved in “small pieces” rather than in large blocks. He ponders, “Save thirty seconds every five minutes, and by the end of the day, you’ve saved an hour.” The book is divided into two parts. The first part shows you how to organize your workspace including your office, files management and desk. The second part shows you how to streamline your entire business to become more productive and organized.
This is a useful and rewarding book. If it helps you to change only one routine in your life due to its beneficial ideas it will have served a valuable purpose. Easy to read and understand from cover to cover!
If You Haven’t Got the Time To Do It Right,
When Will You Find the Time To Do It Over?
Fireside/Simon & Schuster, 1991 (155 pages in paperback)
Author Jeffrey J. Mayer
weLEAD rating highly recommended
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