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  • Perfect Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Rand Media (May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984139397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984139392
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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By Am Voice TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Mar. 2010
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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.
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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.
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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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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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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 54 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book But Very Bad Kindle Version 28 Dec. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A short, easy-to-read, practical, and helpful guide 17 Feb. 2010
By Reviewer Dr. Beth - Published on Amazon.com
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! 29 May 2010
By Tom McGee - Published on Amazon.com
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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? 9 Aug. 2010
By Poppy J. - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Skinny it may be, but very complete! 15 Dec. 2011
By Robert Selden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a great little book on managing time effectively - "little" being the operative word (215 pages). Author Jim Randel and his team have done a great job of researching the literature on the topic. As the author suggests, the information in over 100 books and articles repeats itself. They've been able to glean the top 50 principles from this research (included in the book), then reduced these to the ten most important points to remember.

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.
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