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How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life [Mass Market Paperback]

Alan Lakein
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Feb. 22 1989 Signet
What do Gloria Steinem and I.B.M. have in common?
Both have sought the advice of Alan Lakein, famous time management expert, in order to minimize the time they waste and to maximize their productive capabilities. Now his practical widwom and amazingly effective simple rules are available to you:

  • How to build your willpower
  • How to waste time for pleasure and profit
  • How to work smarter, not harder
  • And much, much more

Reading this book can be the wisest investment of your time that you have ever made!


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5.0 out of 5 stars Still using these principles 22 years later! May 12 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I first read Alan Lakein's book in 1982. I picked it up 10 years later and was amazed to see how many of the principles had become so much a part of my life I. I was living the book and hadn't even realized it until I picked it up again.
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!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, and down to the point. July 14 2004
By Wei Ho
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was my first time management book. I've picked up "The Time Trap" by Alec Mackenzie after this reading, and in comparison, this book is much more thorough. The best part about this book I think is the simple idea of prioritizing your to do list. I have started to do this and found myself to be able to get more important things done. It also helps greatly with your concentration for the current task by stating to yourself that this is the most important task to do at the moment. Anyhow, great time management book for newbies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plan & priortize. June 20 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book heavily emphasizes planning and prioritizing and also offers tips on how to stave off procrastination. There are a few anecdotes about business managers and housewives that, for me, just fill pages, but overall, this is a clearly-written, useful book that offers effective techniques.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up April 14 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. He helps procrastinators and the lazy, as well as those who aren't these things but want to improve.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make the Most of Your Time! Feb. 10 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This little book is an easy read, but is invaluable for the person with many things to do and little time in which to do them. It is essential particularly for the busy executive who wants to work smarter rather than harder. Alan Lakein offers straightforward, no nonsense advice on how to manage time more efficiently.
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:
Set priorities.
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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Great Value Feb. 4 2003
By Mike
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I think that virtually any book that you read on time mangement has drawn from the ideas found in this book. It contains straight talking practical advice that if followed will lead you to personal happiness and fulfilment.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on time management ever written Oct. 13 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. If you read just one book on time management - this is the one! I continue to review this book every couple years to refine my approach.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top 5 all-time most helpful books. Aug. 25 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. One of the most clear-headed, sensible books I've ever read, and possibly the one easiest to apply directly to life activities. Buy it, read it, practice it and you will find more value in the time you spend.
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