Some of this is really good, if not exactly new. I can easily see me implementing the splitting your tasks by urgency (WHEN you do it) and importance (how much time you spend on it), although I’d further sub-divide the neither category by chores and fun – you’re still going to do both, but one because you have to (with minimal effort) and the other because you want to (only when all the other stuff is finished). I also love the idea of shifting to spend most time on non-urgent but important, to further longer-term goals.
Also instantly applicable, and sort of a formalisation of what I already do, is the idea of one ‘master’ to-do list from which you draw down only a few (10, although I’d say 5 max?!) for your daily to do list – all of that could have gone further, though, maybe about stuff that hangs about for year ;) I might play with a monthly ‘master’ list, or different types of items.
Which brings me to my main not-loving about the book: like most time management tomes I’ve stumbled across, it is SO geared towards working life and specifically management staff. A whole chapter is given to delegation – which is lovely, but not something I have the luxury of! Overall, I’m looking more for time management for LIFE stuff, from which I can extrapolate work, rather than this other way around.
Final complaint, on a lot of the sections it gives it the whole “different for different people” and then next chapter it is VERY specific on the “THIS is how you do it” – and I often felt that those were the wrong way around!