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  • Introduction
  • You can and you can't
  • You have to want to be organised
  • You don't have to change your personality
  • Know yourself
  • Make time
  • Have a routine
  • Don't tell yourself you're bored
  • Don't get distracted
  • Think about what you're not thinking about
  • Don't panic!
  • Do it little and often
  • Think positive
  • Steer clear of time sappers
  • Know when the good times are
  • Do the scary jobs
  • Set yourself limits
  • Invest now, save later
  • Don't do too much
  • Don't waste your down time
  • Be reliable
  • Don't wait for people to change
  • Write lists
  • Get off to a flying start
  • Visualise the finished thing
  • Have less
  • Sort it or bin it
  • Ditch the eco-guilt
  • Have a packing list
  • Get into good habits
  • Have a place for it
  • File your week
  • Keep a notebook
  • Count your bags
  • Streamline your workload
  • Streamline your movements
  • Multitask
  • Build up a stockpile
  • Double up
  • Turn your toothbrush upside down
  • Pin a note on the door
  • Be decisive about mess
  • Learn how to tidy
  • Get the kids working
  • Don't do it yourself
  • Give false deadlines
  • Use a two-bin system
  • Have a shopping list
  • Read faster
  • Keep time
  • Get ahead of yourself
  • Remember birthdays
  • Make technology work for you
  • Get Christmas wrapped up
  • Treat yourself
  • Find a sixpence
  • Be decisive
  • Lay the groundwork first
  • Talk it through
  • When you have to decide, do it
  • Toss a coin
  • Tell everyone what you've decided
  • Hone your people skills
  • Be assertive
  • Learn to say no
  • Stand your ground
  • Understand thick skins
  • Say what you mean
  • Keep calm
  • Count to ten
  • See their point of view
  • Feed it back
  • Learn to delegate
  • Know who's doing what
  • Get the best out of people
  • Know what really matters
  • Prioritise
  • Know what is urgent (and what isn't)
  • Organise your to-do list
  • Clear some downtime
  • Plan your life
  • Don't just firefight
  • Have a thorough diary
  • Know what makes a difference
  • Get organised at work
  • Know where you're going
  • Know what you're doing
  • First you must push the wheelbarrow and then you can sit down
  • Don't work a week behind
  • Deal with it when it happens
  • Don't do things twice
  • Organise your space
  • Don't read things you don't need to
  • Keep it together
  • Make sure the boomerang comes back
  • Keep your meetings on time
  • Know what you're aiming for
  • Avoid unnecessary meetings
  • Don't get interrupted
  • Don't get caught by the phone
  • Choose between email and phone
  • Reduce your inbox
  • Ditch the ping
  • Stop playing games
  • Get it over with
  • Don't give up

About the Author

Richard Templar specialises in taking a common sense approach to obvious subjects and making the commonplace seem revelatory. He lives a semi-virtual existence in rural Devon.

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