No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs Paperback – Jul 7 2004
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No BS Time Management for Entrepreneurs explains that it's those little irritants and side tasks that only take a few minutes of your time that gradually and progressively eat away your precious time. Therefore, the only real way to make productive use of your time is to limit these distracters and focus on the real work at hand.
Though I had already realized a good deal of my own distracters and time eaters before I read this book, No BS Time Management for Entrepreneurs made me realize exactly how limiting these behaviours really are and how much more productive I could become. I don't have to limit sleep to a few hours a night. I just have to realize the value of my time and react appropriately.
My only quibble is the long discussions of flying by private jet to save time. This example, and others like it, are so far out of our normal experience that it's difficult to transpose that into the experiences of the rest of us -- combining our grocery shopping with picking up the dry cleaning, for example.
All that said, I recommend the book very highly.
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The book is *that* important!
Many folks would rather try Dan's other books and courses first... after all, the subject of this book doesn't sound as 'sexy' as many of Dan's other products. But close reading will reveal just how *little* you'll really understand in all his other courses until you truly "get" the principles of this book.
A warning, however: if you're easily offended at being called to account for your own level of success, AVOID this book. You'll just become depressed at how little you *really* want out of life... "winners" only, please!
But for the right reader, this book can be the 5:00am firecracker that makes you sit bolt upright in bed, in a cold sweat, *determined* to take full charge of your life!
I'd give it 6 out of 5 if I could... it's that powerful!
I bought the book for my entire staff of lawyers. We read it and discussed it. We immediately implemented several changes to our "systems" which resulted in higher client satisfaction and a more productive day for all of us. We figured we made "thousands of dollars" in the first few weeks of employing some of Kennedy's very specific techniques.
I highly recomend that any business owner buy a copy, not just for himself or herself, but for the whole staff. It doesn't do any good if only one person understands and "gets" what Kennedy is teaching.
We also bought his new "Business Success Book" and eagerly look forward to the "Sales" book due out shortly.
Certainly, it is written from the perspective of and towards entrepreneurs. There is no reason I see though why people from all walks of life with all different types of careers can't incorporate and use his suggestions.
Currently, I am an aspiring entrepreneur with a day job and while I think the books suggestions regarding topics like how you should value your time have been helpful the most immediate practical use I've found for the suggestions in the book are in regards to how I structure my work day so I have more free time to pursue entrepreneurial objectives.
For example, he shows how to get a measure of what your time is really worth (and it's not the standard desired $$ divided by (52 weeks times 40 hours)).
This is an important number to get because once you understand the value of your time, the ability to make decisions and to recognize time wasters becomes much easier.
As another example, he makes the point that ideally, work time is devoted toward creating wealth and that time wasters (people, telephone, email, etc) interruptions, and distractions directly inhibit or even destroy one's ability to create wealth. He then provides a variety of practical and effective means to protect one's self from these time wasters and interruptions.
Throughout the book, Mr. Kennedy reveals his own regimented and disciplined action towards achieving that which is most important to him. Readers will likely find this insight helpful.
Also, there is marketing and sales wisdom scattered throughout the book that will prove interesting and useful to those in business.
I particularly liked the phrase, "objective orientation versus activity orientation". I have personally found that successful people always orient their time and actions around objectives that are meaningful, valuable, worthwhile, and important. Everyone else spends their time on tasks and activities that are nothing more than reactions to whatever is thrown their way.
The one big omission that I did see in this book was that Mr. Kennedy did not talk about one of the greatest time savers / maximizers of all - systems.
All in all though, this book will certainly provide insight into how to use one's time more effectively.
At the same time, you actually already know inside of yourself what those important, worthwhile, and valuable things are that you should be doing.
The question is whether or not you have the control and discipline of your self to do what's most important which in turn will project to others that you only do what's most important - causing them to respect you and your time.
Or, will you spend your minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years on low-level, entry-level, beginner-level, $7 an hour tasks and activities? If this is how you choose to use your time, someone else will do the $100, $500, $1,000 per hour tasks and reap the big money and rewards.
It's your choice. No book can help you with self-control and self-discipline. You've got to help yourself.
Save your money on all of the other time management BS books out there and buy this one. This book has real world solutions to everyday challenges. Dan Kennedy tells it like it is in this book. The information inside is priceless.
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