How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life Mass Market Paperback – Feb 22 1989
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He would agree with e.e. cummings that "To be nobody but yourself in a world that is night and day trying to make you just like everybody else means to fight the hardest fight any human being can fight, and never stop fighting." Once we have set goals that utilize our unique talents and abilities, we will have the will power and determination to do the work necessary to achieve them.
To accomplish our goals Lakein recommends that we make a daily "to do" list and always start with "A's," not "C's." Most of our time is spent working harder on things that don't matter. We may be efficient, but Lakein suggests that our goal is to do what matters most and become effective. "Work smarter, not harder" is the mantra he wants us to repeat and couple that saying with his last piece of advice --"Do it now."
Stick your finger into this small book and any page you hit will have wise words to put into action. Learning comes from daily practice and developing habits that "put first things first," taken from Stephen Covey's best seller, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People -- also recommended is Covey's fine book on effective living appropriately titled First Things First.
Rarely has a book that costs so little paid such rich dividends. You won't be disappointed.
One of my favorite principles is to start working on something that's important to you, even if it's 15 minutes at a time. I've done this. Scheduled something I didn't think I had time to do for 15 minutes a week. I certainly could do that. Well, when it's something that I really want, I find the momentum builds and I end up finding the time to do what I need and being really happy that I did.
This book has helped me get in touch with what's really important to me and has helped me live a life I truly value.
Thank you Alan Lakein!!
There are many good points in this volume, and to mention all of them would require a lengthy review. A few of the most outstanding nuggets are as follows:
Ask Lakein's question - "what is the best use of my time right now?"
Use the Swiss cheese method to reduce intimidating tasks
Employ "The Magic If."
Cut off your escape route.
Since I am a person who savors managing time as wisely as possible, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The small time investment made in reading it will pay dividends many times over in time saved. Get it and see for yourself!
He also provides a fast track through the book (go to pages 158, 30, 11) on the back that gets you thinking about and doing the most benificial things quickly. Handy for those that feel they do not have the time to read a whole book.
Most recent customer reviews
The author took it seriously, and put a lot of effort in it. has good insight on life time goal setup.
I would like to say thanks to the auther.
This book heavily emphasizes planning and prioritizing and also offers tips on how to stave off procrastination. Read morePublished on June 20 2003 by W. E. Jung
Good because Lakein makes accommodation for human nature, and works with it and around it, vs. some such books that assume everyone has the self-discipline of a navy seal. Read morePublished on April 14 2003
I can think of no other book on time management that brings together everything you need to know about managing your time in such a short text. Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2002
I bought this when I was struggling to hold 18 credit hours, a part-time job and a life together and I credit it with helping me turn things around and graduate from college. Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2002 by Patrick J. Morrison
More than just a 'how-to' book;A.Lakein is a real pro.Offers many insights and approaches for maximizing the value of one's time.Highly recommended!Published on July 8 2002
i found this book accidentally and immediately lost it on purpose. heres my take: if you want to get control of your time and your life, begin by making it a personal goal to... Read morePublished on May 5 2002 by josh harmon
What do you really want from life? How do you prioritize and mesh your goals? How do you schedule your time each day to reach your long-range goals, to get the necessary routine... Read morePublished on March 3 2002 by Dr. Ellen Kenner, Clinical Psychologist