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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 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #413,626 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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4.0 out of 5 stars 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars It takes no time at all to get the Skinny On Time Management March 16 2010
By Sarasota Suncoast Reviewer - Published on
Format: Perfect Paperback
In this compact, insightful little book you have everything you need to really learn how to evaluate yourself, your personal goals and the way you use your time to go about achieving your goals. In this pithy series of books "the skinny on" accomplishes getting RIGHT TO THE POINT of the topic at hand.

In the skinny on Time Management you will learn strategies that will help you become more aware of the way you spend your hours and the way these add up to your personal goals in life. You'll learn strategies how to overcome that monster procrastination and defeating procrastination through actions (whether they are small or large). You will learn time awareness and will learn how to create effective and useful "to-do" lists. You may think that you have the time management game down to a science ... be prepared to hone your science with this great little guide and become a better master of your own ticking life. The strategies are very creative and well thought out and presented. Readable and fun.

I love "the skinny on" series, they are the Cliffs Notes of great subjects. Time Management is another one I recommend with 5 stars and two thumbs up.

There is something in here for everyone.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A short, easy-to-read, practical, and helpful guide Feb. 17 2010
By Reviewer Dr. Beth - 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
4.0 out of 5 stars 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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars how many hours are in a week and how do you spend your hours exactly? Aug. 8 2010
By Poppy J. - Published on
Format: Perfect Paperback
This book discusses techniques on utilizing time management techniques to live a higher quality of life and manage time more efficiently. It is written with still frames and uses a stick figure to represent the author - as he teachers the critical lessons on the best ways to manage time.

The book is a quick read, and provides real life lessons on managing time effectively. It offers advice on how to determine if you are currently spending your time well, and gives guidance as to how you can change your ways to be more conscious as to where your time would be better spent - according to your life goals.

If the reader makes the suggested charts (as I did), he or she will be shocked at where the time in a day, week, month or year is really spent! The book uses wit and humor to bring the reader to an awareness of time spent and what to do to make real life changes to be more effective. Next, it is important to carefully define goals, and develop roadmaps to success. The book offers several "reality checks" along the way - but all in all, it is insightful, accurate and interesting.

The most interesting concept for me to read about is that all hours in the day are not alike - in terms of and in regards to determining productivity. Energy must be harnessed and matched to daily productivity time slots. This is a critical feature of becoming naturally more productive in a person's daily life. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a little self discovery regarding how to become more effective in general and how to manage time better in the future.