Fergus O'Connell Novelist & Writer

Self-Help Books

The Power of Doing Less: Why Time Management Courses Don’t Work and How to Spend Your Precious Life on the Things That Really Matter

Overloaded? I’ll bet you are. We all lead busy lives. You fall into bed exhausted at the end of the day, feeling that you’ve got a lot done. Perhaps you are getting lots done. But is it stuff that really matters? Or is it just stuff ? It’s time to wise up. You will never clear that list . Get used to the idea that some things will never get done. Not delayed. Not rescheduled. Not re–prioritized. But simply dropped. And from now on, instead of trying to clear that endless to–do list, you’re going to do a much smarter thing. You’re going to just do the important stuff. And the brilliant thing is, you already have the power to do this. That power is to do less. Soon enough, you’ll have the space to enjoy the moment, be creative, find new or better ways of doing things, get ideas, and spot opportunities you would have missed when you were running around. In short – you’ll be happier. Much happier. As soon as you stop doing, the power of doing less will begin to flow.


Stuff I Wish I’d Known When I Started Working

Stuff I wish I'd Known When I started workingDon′t learn the hard way—get work advice from some of the world′s most successful people, all in one place!
Work is a tricky business—the politics, the workload, the career ladder. It can take years and years of battling away and learning through mistakes to fully get to grips with the dos and don′ts. What if you could fast track that process? Cut out all those years of learning the hard way and working it out for yourself? Enter Stuff I Wish I′d Known When I Started Working, the unique guide to making work work! Fergus O′Connell has had a wonderfully varied career spanning three decades, and in this book, he will teach you the things it takes others years to figure out. You′ll also find nuggets of wisdom and invaluable career advice from some of the world′s most successful people—people like Oprah Winfrey, J.K. Rowling, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos.


How a Little Planning Beats a Lot of Firefighting: Use simple planning skills to transform your productivity

Unknown-2If you’ve ever been told that you ‘have to do more with less’ or ‘work smarter not harder’ and wondered what these things are supposed to mean, this book gives you the answer.

It shows how a little planning – normally thought of as being the preserve of large undertakings, great construction projects or huge sporting events or military offensives – will indeed enable you to get more done with less effort.


Simply Brilliant: The Common-sense Guide to Success at Work

simplybrilliantHead banging against a brick wall? Nagging problem you just can’t solve?

You’re not the only one.

An astonishing number of intelligent people struggle to find solutions to some of the complex, varied and often frustrating problems we face in our day-to-day work. Whether it’s a major project, a minor quibble or something in between, a short, sharp dose of Fergus O’Connell’s simply brilliant advice gives you the tools to tackle problems head-on and join the few who manage to make common sense common practice.

Through seven simple steps you’ll learn how to:

  • Break down the complex and think outside the box
  • Look for simple solutions and direct approaches
  • Save yourself time and get results


Zero Waste In Business

zerowasteHas your management ever said any of the following to you:

That’s just the culture here;

I don’t want to hear anybody using the word can’t;

We like a can-do attitude here;

You’re going to have to learn to do more with less;

You’re being inflexible; You’re not being a team player;

Is this plan based on a five day week?

You’re lucky to have a job;

We don’t have time to plan it, just go do it;

JFDI [where the J stands for just, the D for do and the I for it]

We have no choice we have to do it;

That’s not the kind of attitude we want around here;

We want can-do people here;

I don’t think you’re suited to the culture of this organisation.

If so, you’d better read this book.