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Time Management: How to Maximize Your 24-Hour Gift Perfect Paperback – Jan 1 2010
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
As someone who used to run workshops on time management, I've found that they've included all the techniques, tips and tools that I'm aware of into a readable, and most importantly, eminently usable book. "Book" is probably a misnomer, as the text is designed as a very good learning tool.
"The skinny on time management" is well structured, well written and with useful illustrations. There are only two points to every page (sometimes one) and these are displayed similar to a slide format. The idea is that the author is taking you through a workshop on the topic. It's written in the first person in a conversational tone, with the odd dash of the author's humour.
This is one of the rare occasions for me where I have very little criticism of a book. If I had to make one, it is that it was page 197 before I found out about the point on "teach yourself to speed read" (would have saved me some time!). OK, I do admit - it was mentioned earlier, but I took little notice.
If you have a problem with managing time, this book is definitely for you. It would also be very useful for those who need to run workshops on the topic.