10 Natural Laws Of Successful Time And Life Management: Proven Strategies For Increased Productivity.2 Cassettes, 3 Hours Audio Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook
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From Publishers Weekly
Strongly influenced by Benjamin Franklin, Smith, CEO of a Utah consulting company, offers insightful pronouncements on America's time fragmentation. "Life is getting more and more hectic. The daily treadmill is accelerating, and we have to run faster and faster just to stay in one place." His recommendations for regaining control of time, events and hence life are intriguing, as are his suggestions on goal setting, planning and negative behavior traits. Yet Smith's sharply focused managerial constructs become muddled with material on "life management," aimed at achieving "inner peace--the transcendant feeling of fulfillment and well-being." And his commercial endorsements of his company's seminars and products are irksome . Author tour.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Smith is CEO of Franklin Quest, a company that conducts time-management seminars for corporations, organizations, and government agencies, reaching as many as 20,000 persons per month. It also sells day-planner scheduling books as an integral part of the time-management system it touts. This highly successful company was founded by Smith a little more than 10 years ago and was modeled on the self-improvement system outlined in Benjamin Franklin's autobiography. Smith argues that there is much more to managing time than getting things done. He preaches that only by understanding one's own value system can one decide what matters most, set priorities, and accomplish one's goals. The result is not only a better-organized life but a more fulfilling one. By focusing on time, Smith has provided a self-improvement book that almost everyone can use--and benefit from. David Rouse --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
With that aside, the ten "laws" of Smith's book are better understood in light of his complementary "Productivity Pyramid" and "Reality Model". The pyramid is comprised of four steps that lead from identifying our highest values (which must be written & prioritized) to accomplishing our daily tasks in accordance with our intermediate and long-range goals. The Reality Model is presented horizontally, beginning with our needs. These are then filtered through the beliefs in our "belief window" which cause us to subconsciously create rules (if.., then..) that govern our behavior and produce results. The results act as feedback so we can assess whether our needs (and the values based on them) are really being met in the long-run. The "Needs Wheel," introduced w/ the Reality Model, depicts in quadrants what Smith considers our four basic psychological needs: to live, to love and be loved, to feel important, and to experience variety.Read more ›
This is the best self change book ever! I have read virtually everything you can imagine (& I even used the Waitely & Robbins tapes too), from Covey to Robbins, from Carnegie, Clement Stone,Swartz, You name it I have tried it.
Ok what makes this so good?
In one book of 217 pages you will by the time you finish:
Understand that you cannot control time but can control events (This is very powerful)
You need to understand what your values are to lay the faoundation for personal fulfilment, two powerful illustrations are given
Understanding that you get peace when what you do daily links with your values (This was an eye opener the 1st day I implemented it)
The need to get out of the comfort zone to reach any significant goal. (Yes its hard but the story of the labourer turned Dentist is amazing)
Daily planning leads to results from focused efforts
Each one of the chapters I read was the equal of the best books by other authors. This book really gets you going and implementing.
This guru developed the Franklin Planner that is still used 2 years later by 90% of the people who buy the planner. If you love Covey but find it difficult to implement I believe this book (By his business partner) is for you. I intend to do a further write up as I use what I have learnt.
I believe that this gives you the tools that you can embellish later. The main advantage here is that you will apply what you have learnt. I recommend it highly.
I was so wrong.
This is a pleasant book with a conversational tone, along the lines of Dale Carnegie. I wish my other books were so simple, and were plainly written and plainly taught. Shakespeare mentions "Simple truth miscalled simplicity," (Sonnet 66) and that "Brevity is the soul of wit." (Hamlet, Act 2, sc. ii), and Mr. Smith demonstrates his ability, again and again, to plainly teach the ten natural laws.
In fact, the tone of this book is almost grandfatherly.
The book is divided into two halves, the first half dealing with your time, the second half dealing with your life.
The first laws are (Don't get mad-you could Xerox these from a library copy!):
1. You control your life by controlling your time.
2. Your governing values are the foundation of personal fulfillment.
3. When your daily activities reflect your governing values, you experience inner peace.
4. To reach any significant goal, you must leave your comfort zone.
5. Daily planning leverages time through increased focus.
The laws regarding controlling your life are:
6. Your behavior is a reflection of what you truly believe.
7. You satisfy needs when your beliefs are line with reality.
8. Negative behaviors are overcome by changing incorrect beliefs.
9. Your self-esteem must ultimately come from within.
10. Give more, and you'll have more.
I think that the central principles are first, controlling your life and not being controlled, and second there is an objective reality, despite all the braying and bleating of the relativists.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Do you want to become more effective and efficient or do you want to feel better and motivated? The problem with so many self help books these days is that the allow a person to... Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by M. Grant
Before I read this book, my life was out of control. My self-esteem was running really low. I was overweight. My personality was always down in the gutter somewhere. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2004
Hyrum Smith talks about the kind of life that makes one eager to get up in the morning. He talks about tapping into natural laws that are immutable and consistent to achieve this... Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2003 by Dr. W. G. Covington, Jr.
I bought this book 5 years ago and after my first reading of it I began to call it my "Second Bible. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2003 by Paul Beaudry
This is, quite simply, the best book on time management and goal setting I have ever read. I've had my own dog-eared version for over 10 years, and whenever I feel as though life's... Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2002 by heathbc888
This book by Hyrum W. Smith would be equally at home in the business or self-help section of a bookstore. Read morePublished on May 8 2001 by Rolf Dobelli
The title is a bit corny, but nevertheless I found the contents of the book is rich and deep with insight and helpful paradigms. Read morePublished on April 25 2001
I was very skeptical about reading another book on time management. Sometimes I have the feeling that many authors who write time management aids have spent their last several... Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2001 by M. Bennett
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