Books: Three of a kind - On the road to self-organisation

Getting Things Done; David Allen; Piatkus £10.99

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Ever wondered how you could become maximally efficient? And remain relaxed? An impossibility, surely? Well no - coach Allen promises to help you push your productivity envelope to the limit. But enough Brentesque office-speak. This book is good. If you're one who always procrastinates, just holding this book will make you feel more organised. Set aside time to read it and your life might well be transformed - albeit at a modest level. Best of its kind

Manage Your Time; Bloomsbury; £6.99

Extracted from the excellent Business: The Ultimate Resource, this pocket book will set you on the right organisational track. It's not as thorough or inspiring as Allen's book but even a glance through its pages gives you food for thought. Because it's organised like a tick-list, you'll feel as though you've achieved something even if you only have five minutes to spare. Could be useful.

A Perfect Mess; Eric Abrahamson and David H Freedman; Weidenfeld & Nicolson; £12.99

What if disorganisation were a trait to be proud of? Leading a moderately disordered life, as these authors claim, can be a good thing. Don't be afraid of mess. Embrace it! This is an original and entertaining study of why a modicum of chaos should be welcomed. It is possible to overachieve through inconsistency and improvisation (apparently, Arnold Schwarzenegger is a case in point). Could be useful.

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