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.
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.
on 4 June 2011
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!