Synopses & Reviews
Learn how to take control of your inbox—and your time. Now you can get two popular books on Office Outlook 2007—filled with essential, easy-to-follow guidance for improving your time-management skills and productivity—in one value-packed toolkit.
Begin by building and practicing the skills you need with Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Step by Step. This tutorial teaches you how to send e-mail, schedule meetings, organize tasks, and manage your communications—one step at a time. You’ll work at your own pace through easy-to-follow lessons and hands-on practice files.
Take Back Your Life!: Using Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 to Get Organized and Stay Organized takes you to the next level—by sharing proven time-management techniques to help restore your work-life balance. Learn how to take control of the unrelenting e-mail and conflicting commitments—and rebalance your home and work priorities—using Office Outlook 2007. This toolkit also includes a quick reference poster for managing workflow from McGhee Productivity Solutions, and a companion CD with practice files, templates, and other resources.
For customers who purchase an ebook version of this title, instructions for downloading the CD files can be found in the ebook.
Take control of the unrelenting e-mail, conflicting commitments, and endless interruptions—and take back your life! In this popular book updated for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, productivity experts Sally McGhee and John Wittry show you how to reclaim what you thought you’d lost forever—your work-life balance. Now you can benefit from McGhee Productivity Solutions’ highly-regarded corporate education programs, learning simple but powerful techniques for rebalancing your personal and professional commitments using Outlook 2007.
Empower yourself to:
- Clear away distractions, tie up loose ends, and focus on what’s really important to you.
- Take charge of your productivity using techniques designed by McGhee Productivity Solutions and implemented by numerous Fortune 500 companies.
- Balance your home and work priorities by exploiting the enhanced productivity, organizational, and search capabilities in Outlook 2007.
- Go beyond just coping and surviving to taking charge of your time—and transform your life today!
- PLUS—Get a quick reference poster to McGhee Productivity Solutions’ proven methodology for managing workflow.
About the Author
Joan Lambert has worked closely with Microsoft technologies since 1986 and in the training and certification industry since 1997. As President and CEO of Online Training Solutions, Inc. (OTSI), Joan guides the translation of technical information and requirements into useful, relevant, and measurable resources for people who are seeking certification of their computer skills or who simply want to get things done efficiently.
Joan is the author or coauthor of more than three dozen books about Windows and Office (for the Windows, Mac, and iPad platforms) and three generations of Microsoft Office Specialist certification study guides. Joan is a Microsoft Certified Professional, Microsoft Office Specialist Master (for Office 2013, Office 2010, and Office 2007), Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (for Windows and Windows Server), Microsoft Certified Technology Associate (for Windows), Microsoft Dynamics Specialist, and Microsoft Certified Trainer.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments; Who Is This Book For?; Why a Book About Productivity?; How to Use This Book; Laying the Foundation for Productivity Using an Integrated Management System; Chapter 1: Changing Your Approach Changes Your Results; 1.1 10 Beliefs That Limit Productivity; 1.2 Making Changes Involves Letting Go; Chapter 2: Defining Productivity; 2.1 What Is Productivity?; 2.2 The MPS Cycle of Productivity; 2.3 Introducing the MPS Action Hierarchy Model; 2.4 What Gets in the Way of Productivity?; 2.5 Introducing the Integrated Management System; 2.6 Introducing ControlPanel; 2.7 Introducing the ControlPanel with the MPS Cycle of Productivity; 2.8 Bringing It All Together; Chapter 3: Creating an Integrated Management System; 3.1 Phase 1: Collecting; 3.2 Phase 2: Processing and Organizing; 3.3 Phase 3: Prioritizing and Planning; 3.4 Integrating Personal and Business into One System; 3.5 Small Things Make a Big Impact; 3.6 Tools You Need to Get Started; Creating an Integrated Management SystemThe Collecting Phase; Chapter 4: Setting Up Your Collecting System; 4.1 Identifying Your Current Collecting Points; 4.2 Deciding to Consolidate Your Collecting Points; 4.3 Implementing Your Collecting System; 4.4 What Changes Are You Going Make?; Chapter 5: Successfully Managing Interruptions; 5.1 Are Interruptions Necessary?; 5.2 Are You Training Your Staff to Interrupt You?; 5.3 Are You Using Technology to Help or Hinder Your Focus?; 5.4 Resetting Expectations and Holding People Accountable; 5.5 What Changes Are You Going to Make?; Chapter 6: Clearing the Mind; 6.1 Are You Using Your Mind As a Collecting Point?; 6.2 Clearing the Mind and Lightening the Load; 6.3 Doing the Exercise; 6.4 Keeping Your Agreements and Maintaining Your Integrity; 6.5 What Changes Will You Make?; 6.6 Success Factors for the Collecting Phase; Creating an Integrated Management SystemThe Processing and Organizing Phase; Chapter 7: Setting Up Your Action System; 7.1 Introducing the Planning and Action Categories; 7.2 Defining Planning and Action Categories; 7.3 Setting Up the Planning and Action Categories; Chapter 8: Creating Meaningful Objectives; 8.1 Five Steps to Creating Personal and Professional Objectives; 8.2 What Changes Will You Make?; Chapter 9: Processing and Organizing Categories: (none); 9.1 Introducing the MPS Workflow Model; 9.2 Using the MPS Workflow Model; 9.3 Examples of How Clients Use the MPS Workflow Model; 9.4 Frequently Asked Questions; 9.5 Emptying Your Categories: (none) Collecting Point; 9.6 What Changes Will You Make?; 9.7 Success Factors for Processing and Organizing Categories: (none); Chapter 10: Improving Your Reference System; 10.1 The Difference Between Action and Reference Information; 10.2 Using Search Functions to Find Information; 10.3 How to Improve Your Reference System; 10.4 Tips for Using Your Reference System; 10.5 Ensuring your E-Mail Reference System is Set Up; 10.6 What Changes Will You Make?; 10.7 Success Factors for Improving Your Reference System; Chapter 11: Processing and Organizing Your E-Mail; 11.1 E-Mail Is a Communication Tool; 11.2 Introducing the MPS E-Mail PASS Model; 11.3 Creating Meaningful E-Mail Using the MPS PASS Model; 11.4 Preparing to Process and Organize Your Inbox; 11.5 Using the MPS Workflow Model to Process and Organize E-Mail; 11.6 Using The Four Ds for Decision Making; 11.7 Processing and Organizing Your E-Mail for 30 Minutes; 11.8 Awarenesses; 11.9 Frequently Asked Questions; 11.10 Emptying the Inbox and Getting to Zero; 11.11 What Changes Will You Make?; 11.12 Success Factors for Processing and Organizing E-Mail; Creating an Integrated Management SystemThe Prioritizing and Planning Phase; Chapter 12: The Prioritizing and Planning Phase; 12.1 Are You Planning from Your Calendar or Your To-Do List?; 12.2 Using Your Calendar to Prioritize and Plan; 12.3 Setting Up Your BaselineCalendar; 12.4 Handling Meeting Requests; 12.5 Sustaining and Maintaining your IMS: The Weekly Review; 12.6 Coming Full Circle; 12.7 What Changes Will You Make?; 12.8 Success Factors for Prioritizing and Planning; You've Read the Book. What's Next?;