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Time-Saving Routines and Tested Strategies for Success

Michael S. Snell

Ever notice how some people around you seem to “do it all”? How their professional and personal lives just flow like clockwork? These people have mastered the juggling act of appointments, deadlines, and demands on their time … and you can, too! In Clockwork: Time-Saving Routines and Tested Strategies for Success, author Michael Snell shares the secrets behind the routines that give you control of your days, weeks, months and year. You’ll learn the benefit of implementing changes to your routines and practices that will ultimately give you more time to lead effectively at work and to be more effective in all other areas of your life. With quick tips for getting started and tangible guidance for today’s leaders, this book will help you make your professional and personal worlds flow like clockwork in no time. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 128Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4758-2937-2 • Hardback • February 2017 • $44.00 • (£29.95)
978-1-4758-2938-9 • Paperback • February 2017 • $22.00 • (£14.95)
978-1-4758-2939-6 • eBook • February 2017 • $20.00 • (£13.95)
Michael S. Snell, Ed.D., is the Superintendent of Central York School District, a K-12 public school district serving 5,700 learners in York, Pa. He consults regularly with top school officials interested in improving their organizational skills and leading more effectively.
Part One: Daily Routines
One: The Daily Set Up
Two: Daily Meetings
Three: Files
Four: Schedule
Five: Tasks
Six: Note Taking
Seven: Delegation
Part Two: Weekly Routines
Eight: Weekly Review
Nine: Weekly Meetings
Ten: Weekly Tasks
Part Three: Monthly Routines
Eleven: Monthly Meetings
Twelve: Monthly Tasks
Part Four: Yearly Routine
Thirteen: Year in Review
Fourteen: In Closing
Appendix A
Meeting Notes Form
Inside Sheet – Cabinet/Board/Meeting Management
Inside Sheet – Rolling Three-Month Board Meeting Management
With his easy to follow steps and methods, Michael Snell has finally enabled me to take charge of my professional life. Too often in the past, I felt out of control. Too many meetings, a chaotic schedule, misplaced files, etc. all seemed to be the norm and not the exception. But not anymore; Michael has created a systematic approach that is both authentic and adaptable. As a bonus, I was able to personally work with Michael as he taught me how to integrate his strategies into my workday. Through this process I have become a more efficient, reliable, and confident leader. Thank you Michael!
Erik Bentzel, assistant superintendent, Conrad Weiser School District, Robesonia, PA

Do you control your schedule or does your schedule control you? Clockwork is a genuinely useful guidebook and outstanding resource that clearly articulates processes and procedures that are essential for anyone in a demanding leadership role. Snell gives practical action steps and protocols to follow to increase both efficiency and effectiveness in your role, coupled with reflection for personal application for the reader. Clockwork has been on my desk for daily reference in my new role of Assistant Superintendent!
Mary Beth Grove, assistant superintendent, Spring Grove Area School District, Spring Grove, PA

Dr. Snell provides a fool-proof approach to better organization! He is able to combine all aspects of life into one easy-to-follow system and provides you with the tools to start right away.
Paul Jenkins, superintendent of schools, Glens Falls City School District, Glens Falls, NY

As educational leaders we receive education and training in every area of school district management except for one: the management of our time. With this book, Dr. Michael Snell is giving a gift to every school administrator in the country, the precious gift of time. This is a must read for every superintendent regardless if you are at the beginning or the end of your career.
David Pennington, superintendent, Ponca City Public Schools, Ponca City, OK; AASA President 2014-2015

How you organize yourself and your work sets the tone for your day. If you are disorganized, it can start an unstoppable snowball effect that will impact your entire day. In this easy-to-read book on organization, Michael Snell helps you set your tone through your day with strategic organization. He makes getting organized and staying organized easy with helpful tips. This is a must read for anyone in a supervisory position.
Randy Poe, superintendent, Boone County Schools, Florence, KY; 2013 KASA Superintendent of the Year; 2015 KSBA Dupree Superintendent of the Year