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Do you ever get to the end of the day and feel like you've achieved nothing? Do you find it difficult to decide how to spend the small amount of free time you have? Do you ever wonder how some people seem to be able to do more with their time than others? 

If you're feeling overwhelmed by all the things you need to squeeze into your day, unproductive or stuck in a daily routine that isn't making you happy, The Organised Time Technique is for you. This is Gemma Bray's unique method for organising your day that will stop you from trying to do everything (and feeling like a failure when you can't), keep you focused on how you use the time you have available, help you play to your strengths and, most importantly, stop worrying about what anyone else is doing. 

So how does it work? The Organised Time Technique encourages you to look at the 24 hours you have each day as your time budget - at total of 48 30-minute tokens. It helps you work out how to spend those tokens in the best way possible by breaking down your day into Level 1 'non-negotiable' tokens such as sleeping and eating; Level 2 'essential' tokens like going to work and taking your children to school; and Level 3 'focus' tokens - the things you always want to get around to doing, but never quite manage such as taking up a hobby, reading a book, starting a side business or simply having a bath! 

The Organised Time Technique can be adapted to fit any lifestyle or set of circumstances. It will help you discover that you can achieve more in the time you have and ultimately feel happier and more fulfilled.

©2020 Gemma Bray (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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Well done, Bravo 👏

It's such a refreshing read, tackling todays modern world issues. from wasting our precious time on phones/social media to addressing the age old issue of equality in the home. & other topics that steals our time & the life we dream of. well done Gemma on TOMM & TOTT.

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key takeaways summarised

The key takeaway is to divide your jobs into 3 levels and your time into units of 30 mins. To illustrate Sleep: 16 units (level one). Work: 14 units (level two). Housework: 1.5 units (level two). Getting yourself and the kids ready in the morning (including breakfast): 2 units (level one). School run and/or commute: 2 units (level two). School pick-up and/or home commute: 2 units (level two). Dinner prep and evening meal: 3 units (level one). Bath/bedtime with kids: 2 units (level two). Total: 43.5 units. This leaves you with 4.5 units for your level-three 'me time'. That's two hours 15 minutes Level 1: need to do each day E.g. sleeping, eating, washing, caregiving. Will be roughly the same for everyone. Level 2: Important jobs but not life-and-death. Work, commute and the school run are included under here presumably because you could relocate, find another job or find another way of getting the kids to school. Housework is included here; Gem makes a compelling argument for paying for a cleaner on the basis of how much time it takes you and how much time you get back for the small amount you pay them. My own example: no Is an hour extra free time worth more than the cost of a bottle of wine? Level 3: Alleluia! Me time. Level 3s are freed up during the culling stage. Gem writes, "Spend 30 minutes a day doing marketing calls for your new business, or de-cluttering the garage, or learning the guitar — and by Christmas you'll have put in 45 hours, enough to really get to grips with something new." If an activity takes up 2 units a day (1 hour), it will have added up 14 units by the end of the week, and 728 units by the end of the year. Cutting these 2 units each day equates to a yearly time saving of 364 hours. That's 15 days a year you're wasting on those 2 units. Where to start? Audit your week. Over the next week, I want you to write down everything you spend your time on. That means how much sleep you're getting, how long it takes you to shower, to get to the office, to take the kids to after-school club, to do the laundry, right down to how long you spend scrolling on your phone. Be honest and accurate. And track your emotions, as well — this will be crucial information later on. If you feel stressed because you're late for work or didn't have time to cook dinner from scratch, note it down. You can then move on to better organizing your day. Gem has 5 stages for this.

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Life changing

Loved TOMM this will help the rest of my life hopefully.. Gems quirky sense of humour brings normality to chaos like no other.

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An absolute breath of fresh air

Wow, every mum should get this book. I’m going to buy the hard copy now as I feel it’s an absolute gem and will be great to lend out to all my friends to share the TOTT love.

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Love this audio book,!

This book offers great practical advice on time planning and following it has already meant I get a nice relaxing bath every night with a book! Win!

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A lovely refreshing read.

Full of common sense and kind but straight talking advice. I started implementing TOTT from the first chapter with boot camp and I already feel more free and have read half of a book for pleasure and started upcycling (yes, this is also a pleasure for me 😂) a new (old) dining set. Thanks Gemma! Xx

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Made for me!

Gemma, I swear you wrote this book for me!!! I fit into all 3 types at different times and I’m so excited to listen through for the 2nd time and get cracking. I’ve already started my TOTT Bootcamp and I’m mortified at the amount of time I waste each day 🙈.

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Brilliant, Gem knows best

Honest, insightful, witty & heartwarming. Once again Gemma Bray knows it out of the park.

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Every one needs this. Men,women and young adults.

Awesome advice to help everyone to handle life just a little better each day. Gemma Bray understands and is so inspiring.

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Amazing

Really helped me put Perspective on tasks in my life and reminded me saying no is ok. Great book if your feeling totally overwhelmed.