To Do Doing Done



Book Title: To Do Doing Done: A Creative Approach to Managing Projects and Effectively Finishing What Matters Most
Authors: G. Lynne Snead & Joyce Wycoff
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
List Price: $17.99
Format: Paperback, 255 pages
Publication Date: 1997
ISBN: 0-684-81887-6
Reviewer: Jaime Chavira Moreno, MBA, PMP, CSM
Review Date: February 2023


In their book, G. Lynne Snead and Joyce Wycoff have written an insightful guide that provides readers with valuable insights on how to align their values, improve productivity, enhance focus, and effectively manage time and self-organization. The authors present a practical and straightforward method for organizing one’s beliefs, managing time, organizing tasks, and executing projects in a manner that is both achievable and efficient. Despite the prevalence of digital tools, the authors demonstrate the continued relevance and applicability of the traditional “paper-planner-files” approach to modern-day challenges.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is structured into three sections, each of which delves into a distinct topic. The first section focuses on developing a personal vision and utilizing one’s principles to make informed project decisions based on individual values. The second section is dedicated to the critical themes of organization and time management. Finally, the third section combines the insights and tools from the first two sections with general project management principles. Throughout the book, readers will find invaluable guidance, practical examples, and expert recommendations to help them define their values, establish structure, and effectively execute tasks to boost productivity.


The authors discuss the importance of selecting projects that align with one’s values in the first section of the book. They highlight the significance of creating a personal vision, identifying one’s values, and exploring creativity by using mind-mapping techniques to unleash one’s full potential. The authors also emphasize the need to define success by aligning it with one’s values. In the second section of the book, the authors delve into time management and organization. They provide a comprehensive guide to effectively using a planner to manage time and developing consistent habits within 30 days. The authors introduce the “1-2-3 and time-activation” filing system as a means of quickly retrieving information. Additionally, they offer several project management techniques to aid in the closure of projects. The book offers several key highlights to readers, including the importance of aligning one’s values with project selection, exploring creativity, defining success, managing time, developing habits, and utilizing efficient filing and project management systems. The authors provide practical guidance and helpful examples to assist readers in achieving their goals and boosting productivity.


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How to cite this work: Moreno, J. C. (2023). To Do Doing Done: A Creative Approach to Managing Projects and Effectively Finishing What Matters Most, book review, PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue V, May. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/pmwj129-May2023-Moreno-to-do-doing-done-book-review.pdf

About the Reviewer

Jaime Chavira Moreno

DFW Metroplex, Texas, USA


Jaime Moreno is a motivated leader who is knowledgeable in the areas of customer service, healthcare process improvement, Accounts Payable automation, project, and product management. He is highly organized, results-oriented, and has a passion for helping businesses grow and succeed. PMP certified in early 2023. He can be contacted via e-mail at Jaime.Moreno@JVKStrategies.com

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