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  • Perfect Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Rand & Co (May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984139397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984139392
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #339,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tami Brady HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 2 2010
Format: Perfect Paperback
We all could use a few extra hours each day. There's always far too much to do and never enough time and energy to do it all. With that said, when we actually examine how we spend our "24 hour gift", it is surprising how much time (and energy) is wasted.

We treat every task like it is a priority then wonder why nothing ever gets done. We procrastinate and get decide that ten minutes surfing on the Internet or watching television won't hurt. Only to realize that an hour somehow got away from us.

The Skinny on Time Management is sort of a Power Point presentation about time management presented in book form. The main character is a little stick man who presents realistic, tell it like it is time management techniques. A little bit of humour makes the process less painful, especially when we have to admit that maybe we need to tighten priorities and spend a little less time wasting our precious resource. Awareness is key, then you have to take action. It makes sense.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Timeless, effective advice that I have heard before April 9 2010
By Charles Ashbacher - Published on
Format: Perfect Paperback
One of the most common criticisms that I have launched at authors of books that supposedly contain the most effective advice is that the details are lacking. This renders the advice correct but of limited use. I cannot level that criticism against the author of this book. Randel puts forward some very basic and accurate advice on time management. It all begins with the idea that you must consider time as a limited commodity to be spent as wisely as possible. The starting point is making a list of how you currently spend your precious commodity of 168 hours per week. The next step is to examine and prioritize the list, making the fundamental decisions regarding what is the most important and ruthlessly culling the insignificant.
The best advice in the book and one of the best pieces of advice that I have ever encountered is developed from the chart in caption 145. There are four quadrants to the chart and the captions are:

I) Important and urgent
II) Urgent, but not important
III) Important, but not urgent
IV) Not urgent and not important

There can be no dispute that the items in category I are the most important, taking precedence over all others and that the items in category IV should be done after all others. However, the major item of advice is that when you are prioritizing, the second level of selections should be out of category III rather than category II. In other words, whenever you are deciding on what task to perform, make sure that what you select is an important one. Another item emphasized that is almost as important is to never mistake being busy for being productive. They are not the same thing, and at times it can be hard to differentiate between the two.
One myth that I would like to see destroyed is that the modern worker is more harried and pressured than previous generations. This is essentially nonsense, a few generations ago, a large percentage of the population worked on farms with little in the way of modern equipment. My father grew up on a farm where the machinery was pulled by horses, the corn was picked by hand and you chopped wood for heat. Those people worked hard from sunup to sundown under intense pressure for survival, as the crops and livestock were their livelihood. When you talk to them, it is clear very quickly that they were superb at setting priorities and managing their time, doing what had to be done when it had to be done. Many of the old farmers that I have talked to sounded very much like Randel when they would tell me how they used to manage their time, keeping their daily, weekly and seasonal schedules in their heads.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An Eye Opener - Plain and Simply Amazing Dec 30 2010
By Efrain Rivera Jr. - Published on
Format: Perfect Paperback
Can I give this book 10 Stars?

The Skinny On Series are basically Cliffs Notes books on whatever subject it's covering. In this case, the subject is "Time Management". The book is simple, it's funny, and it gets right to the point without sacrificing details on what is really important. So if you are wondering whether or not to give this book a chance, the answer is one big YES. Why?

1. The information is amazing and unbelievably helpful.
2. It is so simple and easy to read. You can actually read it from cover to cover in one hour.
3. The Skinny On crew has done all the research for us. Do you really have the time to go over dozens of books on time management just to write down the important and helpful points found in each one of them? I know I don't.
4. If you DO want more detailed information, Jim Randel tells you were to find it.
5. It's funny and entertaining, you know, as in Not Boring.
6. The book not only helps us how to Manage Time, by teaches us how to use time in a way that we can accomplish our dreams and goals.
7. And, did I say that it's incredibly helpful?

Trust me, do NOT think twice. This book is worth every single penny. Whether you are looking for ways to create time for your goals, spend more time with your family, get yourself organized, find more time for yourself, or just want to figure out where in the world is all your time going, This Book is for YOU. I absolutely LOVED it, and I know you will too.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very Good Book But Very Bad Kindle Version Dec 28 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Perfect Paperback
The book is worth reading because
1. The book is relatively short and the material is presented in slides.
2. The writing style is very appealing and amusing therefore, one never gets inattentive.
3. The techniques and strategies mentioned in this book are very practical.
4. There are no. of inspirational quotes on time management.
5. Techniques from other time management books and specialist on the subject are given space in the book.
6. Common human weaknesses and their remedies are discussed.

There is, however, one weakness as far as the kindle edition is concerned and that is, the kindle features (such as highlighting, looking up words in dictionary) cannot be used when the slides' part start. Moreover, the text in slides' part cannot be made bigger. At some places the text is blurry.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A short, easy-to-read, practical, and helpful guide Feb. 17 2010
By Reviewer Dr. Beth (Ph.D.) - Published on
Format: Perfect Paperback
NOTE: I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher.

This book is part of "the skinny on" series, various publications designed to provide self-help information in a "concise and entertaining fashion." To this end, author Jim Randel, an attorney and entrepreneur, utilizes stick figure drawings featuring himself as main character along with "You"--aka the reader. He combines these simple illustrations with straightforward information designed to identify the key points about time management. In his introduction, Randal maintains that although the design of book itself is basic, plenty of thoughtful research went into the book's actual content.

Amazon lists this book as being 215 pages long, but this is a bit deceiving: the majority of pages are formatted with two individual numbered blocks, so the actual length of the book is about half that. Randal states that the most important information on time management can be broken down into about 50 principles, all of which are presented in the book. He structures the book like a "class," breaking the lesson down into two sections. Part 1 focuses on a review of how you are currently spending your time. This includes increasing self-awareness, setting goals, and making choices.

In the second half of the book, Randal addresses how to use the time you have to be maximally effective. This is where offers more specific strategies for managing your time, such as matching time with energy and utilizing "gap" times. He also provides tips both on enhancing skills that can benefit time management, like improved memory and speed reading, as well as on avoiding pitfalls to time management, including procrastination and clutter. Randal strongly recommends the use of "to do" lists combined with prioritizing list items; finally, he is NOT a fan of multi-tasking.

As a psychologist who works with college students, I definitely see the value to this book. The succinct format is certainly likely to appeal to those with busy schedules, yet the material provided is practical and beneficial. The one problem I had with the book is that I did not feel enough space was devoted to procrastination. In my experience with college students and others, procrastination is the MAIN impediment to time management in almost all cases. Here, Randal does allocate several pages to this topic, but he provides only a single page of strategies for overcoming procrastination. Overall, however, this is a useful, easy-to-read, enjoyable book that is likely to provide at least some help to most people; my final rating is 4 1/2 stars, and I would definitely recommend it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Tempus Fugit! Optimize This Gift! May 29 2010
By Tom McGee - Published on
Format: Perfect Paperback
The Skinny on Time Management How to maximize your 24-hour gift is the fourth "Skinny On" book I have read by Jim Randel and I intend to read 4 more within the next 30 days.

These "Skinny On" books are formatted in a quick and unique style that maximizes learning while minimizing the time it takes to read the book. The Japanese call this fun style "Manga." It is a comic book type presentation with a dialogue method of getting the serious and helpful point across. The author has done much of the work for us. He has read a plethora of books and boiled them down to essential points while filtering the filler out making it easy to read in an hour or less.

In this book, Jim uses his garage converted into a classroom as an analogy and stick figures to tell the story of how to maximize our use of time. To increase our productivity and decrease stress, he teaches us that we must first be aware of how we are using our time now. Next, we should have a method to write down "to do" lists where set up goals and milestones to reaching those accomplishments. To be most effective, we need to plan, prioritize and focus on what it is that we want to do with our time. Key to the strategy of managing ones time is not just to stay busy, but to stay busy doing the specific things that will maximize our productivity. We should also note that each of us has a time of day; as well as, a place and set of environmental factors that will help us focus and optimize our time. We can utilize those to our advantage.

If you give this style of writing a chance I think that you will be as impressed as I am with its effectiveness. I like it and the message. I think you will too.