How to do a great job... AND go home on time

Prentice Hall
Fergus O'Connell  
Total pages
September 2005

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Forget work life balance - discover how to be great at your job AND have a life. By the author of best selling Simply Brilliant.


  • There are books on time management but Fergus highlights that work/life balance is not about time management. Fergus puts a twist on this topical work issue.
  • This book is witty, warm and wise - just like the author's bestseller Simply Brilliant.


Table of Contents



About the author



Chapter 1: The promise of work/life balance


Chapter 2: Figuring out where you are at the moment


Chapter 3: Talking the first step


Chapter 4: Another small dose


Chapter 5: The first big one - prioritizing - knowing your objectives


Chapter 6: The second big one - negotiating one thing - saying no


Chapter 7: The third big one - keeping it going - dance cards again


Chapter 8: What's going to stop you? Approval seeking might


Chapter 9: What's going to stop you? Guilt might


Chapter 10: If you don't do it I'll find somebody who will


Chapter 11: Dealing with email


Chapter 12: The rest of the menu


Chapter 13: The person who does a great job and goes home on time








Back Cover

Work would be great if we didn’t get asked to do quite so much, quite so fast – oh and to do it brilliantly too.  Sometimes it feels like you’re being asked to do the impossible. And the only answer is to work harder and harder, for longer and longer.


If you’re beginning to wonder how much longer you can go on being a Magician and pulling bigger rabbits out of even more hats, and wondering where your life went, then this book is for you.


This is the book to show you exactly how you manage the increasing demands on you at work, so that you are doing a really good job, doing it really well and in a reasonable time. It demonstrates that it isn’t just a choice between working all hours to do it all well, or doing a half baked job in order to have a life.


Discover why being a Magician has no future. Find out instead how you can do a brilliant job, deliver on promises, reduce your stress levels and be more productive and more efficient.


What you do with the time you regain is up to you – but it will be yours again.


It is possible to do a great job and to go home on time. Here’s how.






Personal success



The Sunday Business Post has described Fergus O'Connell as having 'more strings to his bow than a Stradivarius'. He has a First in Mathematical Physics and has worked in information technology, software development and general management with companies such as CPT, ICL and Retix. In 1992, he founded ETP (, now one of the world's leading programme and project management companies. His project management method 'Structured Project Management / The Ten Steps'; has influenced a generation of project managers. Fergus is the author of five books, including the bestselling Simply Brilliant - The Competitive Advantage of Common Sense, now in its second edition and How To Run Successful Projects 'The Silver Bullet', now in its third edition. Fergus has also written a novel, Call The Swallow, published in 2002. Simply Brilliant was runner-up in the W H Smith Book Awards 2002. Call The Swallow was short listed for the 2002 Kerry Ingredients Irish Fiction Prize and nominated for the Hughes & Hughes / Sunday Independent Novel of the Year. His books have been translated into eight languages.

Reader Review(s)

"I am always delighted when I come across a book that speaks to me personally or provides me with professional insights.  Fergus O'Connelll's does both, and my only complaint is that he didn't write it earlier... Its light-hearted and humorous style is boud to appeal to a mass audience... delivering a hard-hitting message in a subtle, low-key way... this is a must-read book" - People Management, January 2006

"Solid good advice... this book could be the catalyst you need" - Student Accountant November 2006