Review: Five Days to an Organized Life
Lucy H. Hedrick.
New York: Dell, 1981.
by Candace Cone, Department of French
Wondering how to fit 26 hours of work into a 24-hour day? If you find
yourself nodding in agreement, then Five Days to an Organized Life
is the book for you!
provides a simple, fun approach to time management. There are no mission
statements to write, no complicated planners to buy, and no pressure to
squeeze more activities into a busy day. Instead, Hedrick focuses on simplifying
life. She proposes a system of identifying goals, breaking them into manageable
parts, and rewarding progress. Her ultimate goal isn't necessarily to
get more work done, but to work more efficiently so there will be time
for more enjoyable activities. And who doesn't want to have more fun?
on leisure is the most novel aspect of Hedrick's approach. She urges her
reader not only to balance work with pleasure, but to motivate work with
pleasure. Her first chapter focuses on setting rewards for working toward
goals. Thus, grading a set of papers might earn a walk in the park or
a trip to the movies. Hedrick maintains that these frequent breaks not
only provide motivation to tackle the more unpleasant tasks but also increase
format is very accessible. Hedrick's plan is presented in five chapters,
one per tip. She suggests reading only one point per day, taking time
to internalize it by working through the exercises provided. And for those
of us who can't wait five days, the book is only 161 pages long and can
be read in one sitting without investing too much already scarce time.
to an Organized Life presents a logical, easy to follow approach to
clearing the clutter in one's life. Does it really work? Ask me in five