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Righton, Caroline 1958-

Righton, Caroline 1958-

PERSONAL:

Born February 26, 1958; daughter of Patrick Cornelius and Maureen Donovan; married, 1978; husband's name Mark; children: Ben and James. Education: University of Cardiff, England. Hobbies and other interests: Cooking, walking, and reading.

ADDRESSES:

Home—England. Office—The Life Audit, P.O. Box 73, Thurlestone, Kingsbridge, Devon TZ7 3WZ, England. Agent—c/o Author Mail, Broadway Books, 1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019. E-mail[email protected]

CAREER:

Journalist, writer, consultant, broadcaster, and television producer. Falmouth Packet, Falmouth, England, rep, 1977-79; The Seafood Restaurant, Falmouth, chef, 1979-81; Carrick and West Cornwall Review, proprietor and publisher, 1980-82; BBC Radio Cornwall, senior producer, 1982-84; presenter of various TV programs, including: Matrix, 1982-84, Good Morning Britain, 1985-87, BBC Breakfast Time, 1988, BBC News, 1989, Good Health, 1990, Business Daily (Channel 4), 1991-93, various programs for UK Living, 1994, Good Morning with Anne and Nick (BBC1), 1995, Check It Out, 1996, After Hours (Radio 5), 1997; and Visage TV, 1998; Carlton Television, controller of features and program development, 1999-2003; media management consultant, 2004—. Also independent producer for Really Vital Television Ltd; columnist and associate editor of Popular Craft, 1997-98; and columnist for Family Circle magazine, 1997.

WRITINGS:


The Life Audit: Take Control of Your Life Now: Every Minute Counts, Broadway Books (New York, NY), 2006.

SIDELIGHTS:

Caroline Righton worked as a British journalist and media broadcaster and producer before quitting her job as a television executive to devote herself to a life-improvement system that she developed. The system focuses on time management and prioritization as ways to free-up time to pursue individual goals and dreams. In her book, The Life Audit: Take Control of Your Life Now: Every Minute Counts, Righton presents a self-help program that starts off with people taking complete stock of, or "auditing," how they spend their time each day, including keeping daily time logs and a journal. The next stage of the process involves a thorough analysis of how time is spent and then prioritizing people, activities, and things, from work and family to clothes and shopping. The third part of the improvement process is to decide on what adjustments need to be made in life, from cutting back on specific activities to eliminating time-consuming interactions with others that may not be fulfilling but take up valuable time. Charts, graphs, worksheets, and case studies are included throughout the book. Crystal Renfro, writing in the Library Journal, noted that the author "provides a thorough and businesslike evaluation process." Referring to The Life Audit as a "brisk, sensible book," a Publishers Weekly contributor added: "This well-written and persuasive book … translates effectively to an American audience."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:


PERIODICALS


Bookseller, October 15, 2004, Stephen Torsi, review of The Life Audit: Take Control of Your Life Now: Every Minute Counts, p. 30; November 12, 2004, Benedicte Page, "Time of Your Life: Caroline Righton Offers New Year's Advice on How to Realise Your Unfulfilled Ambitions," p. 26.

Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2006, review of The Life Audit, p. S9.

Library Journal, February 15, 2006, Crystal Renfro, review of The Life Audit, p. 137.

Publishers Weekly, January 30, 2006, review of The Life Audit, p. 51.

ONLINE


Life Audit Web site,http://www.thelifeaudit.com (July 13, 2006).

Random House Web site,http://www.randomhouse.com/. (July 13, 2006), brief biography of author.

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