Making Work Work CD: Making Work Work CD

ISBN: 0060751789
ISBN 13: 9780060751784
By: Julie Morgenstern

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About this book

Maintaining control in today's hectic workplace is a challenge -- everything is lean, competitive, and uncertain. What does it take to survive? Must you sign away your life in blood? Live in fear of being fired? Quit your job and move to the countryside? Not at all.Through the mastery of nine essential skills, Morgenstern shows how small changes in your thinking and behavior will help you achieve the seemingly impossible -- boost your value, increase your job security, and afford you the time to still have a life. Morgenstern has helped clients of all levels take control of their work lives in every industry imaginable. This book mirrors the individual consulting services she provides by showing you how to start with yourself and then tackle the more complex external issues of working relationships and the job.With insight and warmth, Morgenstern gives fresh grab-and-go strategies such as: Avoid e-mail for the first hour of the day. It's addictive and steals your most productive time.Trust your truth. Never undervalue your unique self, skills, and point of view.Beware multitasking. Scattering your efforts makes for a longer day.Dance close to the revenue line. Making and saving money is where your greatest value lies.Crunch the container. Shorten your workday by thirty minutes and you will get more done.Making Work Work transcends industries, job titles, and even economic climates. With the process taught in this book, you will feel less trapped and more in charge -- you'll able to make a bad situation better, restore a formerly good situation, or search for a job that's a better fit for who you are.With Morgenstern's guidance you can find a way to make work work.

Reader's Thoughts

Melody Moezzi

I usually don't read self-help books, but this one wasn't bad. She provided good suggestions, and I learned some things that have helped me in my work as a writer. I think her tips could apply to anyone really. I do think it could and should have been a much shorter book. She easily could have made her point in 50 pages, and the book would have been all the better for it. To her credit, the book is very well organized, and it can be easily skimmed--and that's what I would suggest really--thanks to her many headers and lists.

Tim Chase

General productivity tips, though strangely, it never suggests that you cease checking email in the morning.


I guess one might say I am a fan of Morgenstern ever since I heard her interviewed on Fresh Air (?) when her first book came out, Orgnaizing from the Inside Out.This one is a very fast read, with some very good ideas. I ended up tagging several pages that had ideas that I will implement in a faculty meeting this coming Tuesday as well as a few other situations at work.

Gina Mcclain

Great book for the classic ENFP overwhelmed by an ESTJ world


Not my favorite of her books. It's ok, but Organizing from the Inside Out is better.


This book changed the way I make my "to-do" lists and how I prioritize my day!


This is an easy read, and I finished it in about six BART commutes (you've probably noticed another strength of mine: skimming/fast reading). Lots and lots of good tips. I'm excited to start with the 4 Ds - Delete, Delegate, Delay, and Diminish. Yay!This book is aimed at white-collar, paper-shuffling, "professional"-types. ESPECIALLY people who have large but somewhat amorphous/flexible workloads that they exercise some control over (they can delegate, etc.) - like lawyers (yep!), salespeople, managers, entrepreuners, the self-employed, and anyone else whose main work problem is not knowing where to begin.My feeling is that folks in other sorts of jobs - service, health care, teaching - would probably be better off reading Julie Morgenstern's Time Management from the Inside Out, which is more general, with less emphasis on the corporate environment. Also a great book. In fact, that's my only criticism of this book - there is significant overlap from earlier books. Still, as far as my life goes, she can never repeat her basic principles enough.However, I think the world might just come to a screaching halt if I stop checking email in the morning. I don't know if I can follow that suggestion ... ______________________________________Well, I flunked the self-assessment test at the beginning big time! Do you turn work around quickly? No. Do you let it back up? Yes. Do you have a good way of tracking your to-do list? Not really. Do you have a general structure to your days and weeks? No. Are you physically organized? Not really. I DO seem to have a good handle on work/life balance (and my coworkers would be the first to say that this is one of my strengths!). But, ahem, there may be some things I could work on.


This title sure did step on my toes!

AJ Conroy

Unlike many books of its type (and I've read a bunch of them), this one was extremely practical. I highly recommend it for useful tips on increasing one's productivity.

Rod Jetton

If you find yourself falling behind this book is for you. Her ideas and how to organize your work life are invaluable. It is more than just time management. It helped me concentrate on what was most important and using that info to spend time planing my days. Quick and wonderful read.


Found some helpful hints for being more productive at work, and a couple to keep me from going insane. Probably won't buy a copy though--one read was enough.


I really liked this book, although it is challenging with my direct responsibilities to implement EVERYTHING. It was the first time-management type book I read that came at it with the reductionist theory - i.e. do what's important - so directly. Would like to read more of her work.

Ron Ratchford

The book is about doing the very best work at work. The use of the simple formulas will help the worker gain time and effetiveness. But the real gem of the book is the revelation of the amount of time the social networks have taken from the person's life and the habits of e-mai, facebook and cell phone have taken over the lives of the ordinary person. The book is about the office worker who needs to schedule the day but the effect it had on me is the realization that I am on the web much to much of the time. To paraphase one somment. "It isn't that the e-mail is evil, it is that it is dangerous." Whooo. Now go check your e-mail, it has been almost twenty minutes.


Overall, a good, informational, helpful book. I'm not huge on non-fiction business books, but I did find this one easy to read and easy to digest. I liked a lot of her ideas, and I would recommend it to anyone feeling overwhelmed or unorganized... isn't that ALL OF US????!!!!

Annie Mueller

I liked the book, but I confess: I still check my e-mail in the morning. And then again later in the morning... and in the afternoon. So I'm not "cured." But I don't deal with hundreds of time-consuming e-mails, so I think the point is not as valid for me.3/5 because some of the points were obvious and redundant (do the important work first, delegate what you can, don't be a perfectionist) but some of the others were helpful and all are applicable to work-life in some degree. The book is written for the executives, managers, and busy full-time professionals; so some of her recommendations are less helpful for the freelancer, work-from-home professional. But the concepts are good, especially the "dance close to the revenue line" and the "quiet hour" ideas. Worth reading if you want to be more productive and could use some help getting organized.

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