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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Compact Read, 7 Mar. 2010
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C M Cotton "Chris Cotton" (Europe and USA) - See all my reviews
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I have read many different TIME MANAGEMENT books over the past 15 years. There have been some good books, and some very poor books that have bored the pants off me.I badly struggle with this area of my personal effectiveness and have failed in the past to arrest my wandering mind, to the detriment of my goals. I have found with some books, they create complex strategies that take hours to learn and are complex in their preparation. Being too complex has quite often put me off creating a time management system. What this book does very well, in 213 easy to read pages, is to give you the best ideas on time management from a variety of books. It goes over 10 key ideas of how to create/become, more effective with your time. I like this book very much.

What it does very well is distil the vital points of information from a variety of other time management books. It writes it in a very easy to read and understand format, using stick people pictures and summary pages, to get the 10 simple points across.

The book is short and to the point. It took me three nights to read it. The end chapter gives you a summary of all 10 key points. At the start of the book, there is a book marker which comes out with the 10 points written. Very clever.

I can whole heartily recommend this book as an; easy to read, highly motivating book, that will enable virtually everyone who reads it, to create a more effective life, by using their time more effectively.

The reason I haven't given this book 5 stars is a simple one, it talks about goals, yet gives no clear idea of how to set them. As goals are the cornerstone of "Success", I feel Jim should have gone a little deeper into this area, or be writing a book on this process. I have goals, but some who read this book, may not. Can the publishers please think about writing a Skinny on the goal setting area. I know there are 1000's of books written on this subject, but many are badly written. Having read 3 Skinny books, I feel Jim Randel would write a brilliant one.

Well Done Jim Randel, keep more titles coming.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Management=24 60 minute "gifts" a day, 168 hours a week to make life happen for you instead of to you!, 31 July 2011
Have you ever had a day off from work and planned to accomplish an agenda, only to go back to your job the next day dissatisfied that little or none of what you planned occurred? Ever go on a vacation only to just waste your time away and do nothing? Ever pick up a book and plan to read it in a few days, and find it on your nightstand a few weeks later virtually untouched? Even worse, are you guilty of the haphazard job search, the wasted time staring at the television, Internet or gabbing on the telephone gossiping about inconsequential, unimportant gossip? Do you remember 10 years ago? How fast did those times go until now? Don't you wish you had that time back to do whatever you dreamed? Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time The unattained degree, the wrong soul mate, the bad job fit, the empty savings account-all occurring as a result of making poor conscious choices between satisfaction and sacrifice. And the dreadful result of not making the correct choices: allowing other forces to dictate how your life plays out. If you have answered "yes" to any of the past questions or scenarios then attorney Jim Randel's "The Skinny On Time Management" will really make you stop and think what you are doing with your time and life, e.g. your past, present and future.

What is time management? Well, let's briefly talk about what it is not. Individuals that cannot properly manage their time may be unable to sit still, plan ahead, finish tasks, or be fully aware of what's going on around them. To themselves, their family, classmates and others they may seem to exist in a whirly-gig of disorganized or frenzied activity. Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood Some mental health professionals contend that the symptoms of "Attention Deficit Disorder" are behaviors such as often fidgeting with hands or feet, or squirming while seated, having difficulty remaining seated, awaiting one's turn in games or group activities, blurting out answers before questions are completed, and having difficulty in following instructions. Even further, an individual with this affliction has difficulty sustaining attention in completing tasks or play activities, shifting from one to another. They experience difficulty playing quietly, talk excessively, and interrupt or intrude on others, often not listening to what is being said. However, just because an individual forgets things necessary for tasks or activities, and is easily distracted by extraneous stimuli, it is not definitive that they have this disorder. After reading Mr. Randel's book, it is possible to come to the conclusion that the aforementioned symptoms of ADD could be confused with a person that simply does not have effective time management skills. Avoided are the unnecessary, stigmatizing and embarrassing labels of a non existent condition that could very well be a self fulfilling prophesy. Jim Randel asserts that thoughts are "things" just like any other tangible item and can be kicked out of one's own mind, just like a misbehaving cat would be tossed out of a house.

If you have been diagnosed with ADD, before you throw your "Ritalin" or "Concerta" out and cancel your next appointment with a therapist, you might want to read Mr. Randel's book. Conversely, if you feel like bad time management has resulted in you not making anything with your life and you view with woeful regret your past because of all the countless missed opportunities you did not capitalize on, then this book is also for you. As concisely as possible, Jim Randel shows the reader how procrastination is the enemy, detailing effective steps how to make choices about your time and set goals. Randel argues that by intelligently prioritizing one's time, you will increase the probability that your life will proceed on your agenda, not someone else's, or worse, by fate. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity A consequence of not making good choices, particularly between sacrifice and satisfaction, allows "other forces" to dictate how the bad time manager's life will play out. Psychoanalytically speaking, and apologetically addressing all adherents to the field of "Behaviorism", the successful time manager is one who effectively knows how to effectively use his "ego" to balance his "id" and "superego". Yes, that's right. We are today a product of yesterday's choices. The only way we can change the future is by acquiring and mastering strong time management skills.

Time management is the art of arranging, organizing, scheduling, and budgeting one's time for the purpose of generating more effective work and productivity. It has become crucial in recent years thanks to the 24/7, busy world in which we live. Time management is important for everyone. Lakein Alan : How to Get Control of Your Time & Life (Signet) While time management books and seminars often place their focus on business leaders and corporations, time management is also crucial for students, teachers, factory workers, professionals, and home makers. It is critical for the individual who owns his or her own business or who runs a home based business if it is to economically survive. Another integral part of time management Randel stresses is planning ahead. Sometimes, successful time management involves putting in more time at the outset in order to reorganize one's life, as well as the delay of gratification. Randel quotes Tony Robbin's suggestion of: "The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you're in control of your life. If you don't, life controls you." Creative Time Management for the New Millennium Aside from sublimation, another step in efficient time management is to organize the workspace or home. If one's office and filing system are a disaster, time will be wasted trying to work efficiently in a disorderly place, with distractions foiling one's time management. After cleaning, purging, and reorganizing the home or office, the next step in time management is planning. Careful attention must be given to look at all activities one participates in during a week. Possibly going overboard, Randel insists that every last detail should be written down, including the time it takes to shower, dress, commute, attend meetings, make phone calls, clean the house, cook dinner, pick up the children from school, eat meals, etc. However, Randel is not a sadist. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleImportant to the successful time manager is an allowance for entertainment or exercise, such as driving to the gym, going for a walk, watching television, or surfing the Internet.

In addition, Jim Randel shows the layman to time management that after one writes down every last activity, there is very little time left for sleeping. Consequently, the end result is that many activities and behaviors must be pared down, eliminated, consolidated, or delegated. Critical to avoiding a time manager's worst enemy, e.g. procrastination, one must prioritize activities on a scale of descending importance. The One Minute Manager - Leadership and the One Minute Manager Deeming tasks and activities that have the highest importance must be acted on first. Another hallmark of time management is to have a calendar or daily planner, which will help one to stay on task. However, sublimation and self-discipline are critical. Regardless of the best "to-do list" in the world, someone without the aforementioned traits will not be able to look at or follow his own daily planner. Jim Randel's book differs from all others currently on the market. He firmly believes that most 400 page self-help and education books of what he calls loquacious "drivel" could have been done better in 50 pages. Angrily focusing on what he calls "pointlessly long words and ridiculously complex sentences", Randel commiserates as to why college students sleep until noon. Boldly stating the issue with most college texts, Randel asserts: "It isn't the sex, drugs and rock and roll. No way! They have to read this garbage every day! The 25 Best Time Management Tools and Techniques: How to Get More Done without Driving Yourself Crazy Personally, I'd rather read the phone book". When one first picks up this book, you would think this is a child's book, with Randal's bright idea of using stick figure drawings and an entertaining comic book layout. Without confusing format with content, the author presents easy to understand analogies that rapidly communicate important information on the intricacies of time management.

Meant to be read in one hour, this easy to understand book is the product of over 100 books and articles on time management. With the bibliography listing the most valuable on the subject, Jim Randel is quick to mention the redundancy of them all. The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential...in Business and in Life In regards to time management, all of the information culled in the aforementioned books points to the fact that there are really only 50 principles important to the student of this subject. Once those are mastered, you will have learned all you need to know about this. The bottom line of this publication is the belief that every hour of one's own life must be used in an intelligent manner. Every student of time management must use their energy as effectively as possible by considering in advance where, when and how one wishes to take action. Stressed is the cliche "every hour of planning is worth 5 in execution." Randel insists that since there are activities that have more reward than others, the majority of one's energies should be towards those that give you the "biggest bang for your buck." Twenty percent of your actions produce 80% of your results. Randel tries to show the reader how to identify which of your actions and efforts are the critical 20%. Have you ever heard the expression "work smart, not hard?" Focus: Use the Power of Targeted Thinking to Get More Done Obviously, time is an invaluable opportunity to make something great happen and to change your life. Ultimately, time management is about making correct, beneficial choices that will help you achieve your goals. This book will give you the strategies to do this. If the thoughts and actions outlined in the beginning of this review applies to you, this book is indispensable!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Skinny on Time Management, 2 Oct. 2010
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Tami Brady "Integrated Whole Health" (Calgary, Canada) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars It does what it says on the cover!, 4 Jun. 2011
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Mrs. C. Colbert (Blackburn, Lancashire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is such a fun read ...... it's full of drawings, dialogue and text that is so easy to read and absorb. It only took me about an hour and a half to read it all. And it really works! I've found myself thinking a lot about the various ways I can find more hours in my day since I finished it.

The first part of the book deals with how you are presently spending your time and the second part analyzes whether you are using the hours you have to maximum effectiveness.

Set Yourself Goals - Make a To-Do List every morning and prioritise - Focus on one thing at a time - Planning and Preparation is the key. Just a few of the suggestions.

The book uses humour, it doesn't preach, it doesn't take itself too seriously and it doesn't talk down to its readers.

A Self-Help book that does what it says on the cover!
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