Books: One-Two-Three

GETTING THINGS DONE by EDWIN C. BLISS 124 pages. Scribners. $6.95.

1) This book touches a sensitive nerve—how to make the most of available time. Though it is aimed primarily at businessmen who know they waste time and wish they didn't, its lessons apply to nearly everyone. One major cure for chronic time wasters, according to Edwin Bliss, a management consultant, is to write out lists setting priorities. Facing the truth tends to clarify things. Yes, indeed.

2) Bliss's style is terse, occasionally leavened by anecdote. Unlike C. Northcote Parkinson and Laurence J. Peter, Bliss's...

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