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Get Organized: Do More in Less Time

By: Ciara Conlon,The Great Courses
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Publisher's Summary

At some point in our lives, most of us have felt overwhelmed by the number of things we need to do and the lack of time we have to do them. And although technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, giving us new ways to help keep track of our tasks and organize our lives, these technological advancements also bring even more demands on our time. 

Join Ciara Conlon, leadership and productivity coach, author, and keynote speaker, as she guides you through tried-and-true strategies that will help you set goals, reduce clutter, elevate your productivity, and get more out of every day. Ms. Conlon will provide you with tips, tools, and techniques to help you lessen stress; have more clarity; focus and prioritize; and, above all, get and stay organized. 

Through this series of 10 lectures, you’ll learn how to effectively set goals and define your priorities; efficiently use technology to control your life instead of letting technology control you; make small and simple changes to your routine, which help increase your energy and your ability to get more accomplished; and avoid common pitfalls such as procrastination, distractions, and interruptions.

With these lectures, there’s no need for you either to make big changes in how you work or to learn new technology. Ms. Conlon will introduce you to dozens of little changes that can help you to feel more in control not only of your task list, but also of your life, overall.

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Our favorite moments from Get Organized: Do More in Less Time

Effective Goal Setting: Lecture 1, Chapter 2
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Organizing Your Environment: Lecture 5, Chapter 6
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Managing Distractions and Interruptions: Lecture 9, Chapter 10
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  • Organizing Your Environment: Lecture 5, Chapter 6
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  • Managing Distractions and Interruptions: Lecture 9, Chapter 10
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About the Professor

Ciara Conlon is a leadership and productivity coach, author, and keynote speaker. She runs a leadership and team development consultancy, Spirit Leadership, in which she works with organizations to help them learn how to improve well-being, productivity, and performance.

A member of the Professional Speakers Association in Ireland, Conlon is regularly hired to motivate senior leadership teams. She has spoken at many international and local conferences and has delivered training and coaching presentations for organizations such as Deloitte, KBC, KPMG, the Central Bank, and the Smurfit Business School. She is the author of three books on personal development: Chaos to Control: A Practical Guide to Getting Things Done; Productivity for Dummies; and Rise Before Your Bull and Other Habits of Successful People. Conlon has a bachelor’s in Economics and Politics, a master’s in Business, and diplomas in Coaching and Organizational Psychology. She is also a certified mindfulness meditation teacher.

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Nope

Driving a car is not an automatic activity that a person can do while concentrating on something else. Doing that could get you or other innocent people killed or maimed. Throwing away your children's toys while they are away to avoid drama as this book says to do is a serious boundary violation and could turn them into hoarders or worse. This book has time honored time management ideas that can be gotten from better sources mixed in with really bad advice. Saying that this book is not worth the time to read is too nice. Following the ideas in this book could do harm to you those around you.

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Great for beginners only

If this is the first time you’re seeking ways to improve your organization and productivity, this is a very good summary of all the most common advice and could be a good way to learn what ideas resonate with you for inspire further exploration.

However, if the terms/concepts of GTD, spark joy, pomodoro, SMART goals, eat the frog, just say no, stay hydrated, eat healthier, exercise more, sleep more, meditate, “just” reduce distractions, “just” ask your boss to let you telework, “just” turn off your email, “just” schedule it on your calendar, etc. are all too familiar, don’t waste your time. There are no new ideas or new applications of concepts here - none at all.

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Excellent!!!

Highly recommend this book if you're looking to get organized! The author covers a lot of good tips on several areas you may not be familiar with.

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Well Organized book about getting organized

This is a well put together audiobook. I needed a little motivation to reset. I'll probably relisten at some point in the future. The pace was much too slow for me so I recommend listening about 1.4x speed.

Aside: I was shocked at a one-star review saying this recommends damaging techniques and poor boundaries. Use common sense. You can listen to something and drive. The author doesn't recommend texting while driving or throwing out prized possessions of your children.

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A good little book of practical advice

I would definitely recommend this book as a first read for anyone interested in the subject. It is beautifully narrated, clear, concise, to the point, structured build-up and rather practical and pragmatic. You may find nothing new if you have already read-up on this subject, as is my case. It has a good layout, which is easy to go back to as a reference book/reminder.

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Learn some new techniques

I’ve heard great things about The Great Courses series and I’m always open minded about organizational tips. I learned some new things from Ciara’s lectures, which if I may say loved how they were broken up in. Also one technique I remember using a long time ago, Pomodoro technique, is one I had forgotten. Need to revisit that one, now that my life has taken a different path since I used it last at my full time job. Great book, good listen.

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Highly recommended

The course was exactly what I was looking for. I covered everything I wanted to know and more. I have already started putting what I've learned so far into action in my life.

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Highly recommended

I started using the strategies from this lecture series and have already started to see results. I would definitely recommend this to my friends and family.

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Confirmation

I really enjoyed listening and learning. I recieved confirmation on what I have been doing right and what I can do to get better. FAT is first.

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helpful tidbits

not everything will work for everyone, this book is aimed at primarily white collar professionals, being blue collar myself only part of this book can be adapted for my life, still a good read though I would recommend

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  • 07-31-20

Some great points

This was a good book which had some great examples and techniques but nothing groundbreaking, but it definately reaffirmed that my techniques were on the right track.

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  • Radek Machyán
  • 09-28-21

Worth it

You’ve heard most of these tips million times before, but it’s always good to hear it again because you likely forgot all the good the effects of things you don’t do :)
There are some great tips I didn’t know before too, it’s easy listening and well structured, give it a go if you you struggle with life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-21

Wonderful

I love it.. It's loke a cozy booklet you could carry on your life, work. I highly recommend the narrator, very helpful, clear and interesting.

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  • 10-27-21

Excellent course

Step by step guide to organising and managing life. I learnt so much. Very motivational.

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  • Julio Lopez Vergara
  • 09-22-21

Excellent and very helpful

Very good, very useful, good pace, good tips, good voice and good experiences and examples

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  • 09-01-21

great!!

this book is full of strategies which help you to deal with most problems in your daily life to become more productive!
great one .. highly recommended.

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  • Memina
  • 01-11-22

Really clear and actionable pointers

It's not rocket science but sometimes a practical guide is helpful. The tips and ideas for organisation are very clear and easily actionable.

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  • Mr N D Jones
  • 12-28-21

Worthwhile

A really good book which I enjoyed greatly, a little repetitive towards the end but only as it reenforces the main points. Useful guidance and definitely one I’ll be referring on an ongoing basis

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  • Adam Griffiths
  • 08-14-21

A nice introduction

A nice summary and introduction of other deeper books such as Atomic Habits, Getting Things Done, and to a lesser external 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Perfect if you’re new to the topic or just want a reminder

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-16-22

Boring

Poor narrator. Boring voice.
Same book by a different person sounds so good. the Book feels lifeless:(

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  • Lee
  • 10-23-22

Enjoyable

I have enjoyed listening to this inspirational audiobook. I feel organised already.
Thank you to Ciara Conlon

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  • 07-13-22

Good

Some really good, well considered tips here. I enjoyed the Irish accent. More for working girls, but I got some things out of it, too.

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  • 11-24-21

Great course

I absolutely loved this course. It included everything from how to organise your work to how to organise your every day life. It is a summary of many techniques that have been proven to work for organisation.