Book Review: 'Organize Tomorrow Today' gives tools to tackle to-do's early on

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Columbus CEO

Familiar self-help territory goes in more depth than the average organization manual.

You tried to make a big sale last week.

A sale would've made you money, and it would've made your numbers go up, which would definitely have made you happy. Alas, you just couldn't make it happen, but if you readOrganize Tomorrow Today by Jason Selk and Tom Bartow, you'll see how you might've made it so.

Just like everybody else in the world, you have a finite amount of time: 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Part of that time is spent at work but, for many reasons, making the utmost of each precious minute can sometimes seem impossible.

Selk, Bartow, and Rudy say that learning to use "the power of the mind" is the way to boost productivity: The best tool is behind your eyes. The second-best is the method after which they named this book.

No doubt, you create a to-do list each day, but the authors say you should do tomorrow's list this afternoon, long before quitting time. Then prioritize by choosing the three most important (not urgent) tasks and setting tomorrow's timeframe for finishing them. Write everything in longhand, by the way; it will imprint better in your brain.

Choose those tasks-and everythingin your day-wisely. Many people "try to focus on too much and lose focus" on the big things, but heeding the most important items on your list (one at a time) can set the stage for success.

Maximize your time by finding minutes throughout your day to finish up minor things that need doing. You'd be surprised at how many three- or five-minute blocks of time you have, and what you can get done.

Know how to evaluate and track your own performance and success. Learn what to say-and not to say-to yourself and to others. Embrace "abnormal" and, above all, learn to stop worrying about what you can't control. There are simple things you can control.

There's a lot of familiar territory in this book, but its authors dig a little deeper in each chapter than other, similar books.

Inside the good and the bad here, the best advice is the simplest: Don't tackle too much, too early. The authors advocate taking one chapter of their book, adapting it and adopting it before moving to another chapter-point, making it all much easier to accept and, perhaps, even enjoy.

Organize Today Tomorrow

Jason Selk & Tom Bartow with Matthew Rudy, Da Capo Lifelong

$21.99, 211 pages