The other night I finished reading Michael Linenberger's 2nd book Total Workday Control Using Microsoft Outlook.
What a great read. This is not a technology book or a book that explores Outlook in any great detail. Rather Linenberger teaches you some basic principles of task management. He then procedes to teach you a whole system of task management wrapped up into eight best practices of task and email management. Finally Linenberger teaches you how to configure Outlook to best implement his task and email management system.
Total Workday Control Using Microsoft Outlook focuses on configuring Outlook 2002 and 2003 but as I am using Beta 1 TR of Office 2007 I have implemented the system in that version. Not only does it still work some new features in OUtlook 2007, such as the To-Do bar, really enhance the system.
If you are struggling to complete all your daily work tasks, are working late or work hard all day and then feel that still have gotten nothing done then you should read this book and start applying the techniques Linenberger teaches you. As recommended in the book I started applying the techniques as I read the book and I have already noticed that I feel more aware of my priorities, more in control, more effective and more productive.