Take Back Your Life!

Take Back Your Life, by Sally McGhee

This past week I’ve been reading a book about how better to organize my life, and it is fantastic. Take Back Your Life, by Sally McGhee explains how to use Microsoft Outlook, synchronized with a PDA, to keep track of objectives, projects and tasks. And I can honestly say that it works.

One of the first steps, McGhee says, is to work out how many collection points we use. That is, how many locations do you collect information and tasks from? I was amazed to discover that I had 28 different locations. I’ve now reduced this to eight, which is far more manageable.

Next up, download the to-dos that you carry around in your head. I had eighty-one. No wonder I felt stressed, with so much to remember. I now have them typed up in my newly reorganised Tasks list in Outlook.

Thing is, I now have a full In-tray, and a bulging Tasks list because I’ve not reached the chapter on how you actually schedule these into your Calendar to make time to actually do them!

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Gareth J M Saunders

Hi, I'm Gareth J M Saunders, 44 years old, 6' 4", father to twins Reuben and Joshua, and their younger brother Isaac. I am employed as both the web architect and the Agnes Blackadder Hall warden at the University of St Andrews. I'm a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church and worship at All Saints' Church, St Andrews, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir and the St Andrews Chorus.

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