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2.0 out of 5 starsSome good tips, but mainly unrealistic advice
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 February 2013
I was really interested in what this book had to offer as I am always looking for more efficient ways of working. From very early on in the book when the author thanked god for their success I began to worry about the content of the book. Then, in one of the early chapters the author explained how to reduce work load, largely by delegating to members of staff lower down in the organisation. This is fine if you are in a large organisation, but not easy in an organisation of just 4 people or as a sole trader. I felt this was not really getting off to a good start as it didn't fit with my own experience.
A lot of the adviose which followed was good, but didn't really include anything I hadn't tried before. The setion whcih focused on the use of MS Outlook was great, as I have previously used Outlook at lot, but hae realised that it doesn't work on Outlook for Mac, which I am currently using - so sadly once again, the advice was not relevant.
So, I am sorry to say I couldn't really take much from this book. Maybe this is because I have been in search of time saving tips for many years already and so this book just covers old ground for me.
If you use MS Office and have no idea of how to manage you time try this book, if not, then you probably know most of this already.
As an avid reader of Time Management books, and an all-time Brian Tracy fan[atic] ;) I bought this book actually as a recommendation from Brian, as one of his subscribers to his YouTube Channel. I own 80% of all his books so I guess I'm just spoiled with his way of explaining matters.
I just wasn't that impressed with this book in particular.
One of the few points that seemed to be the best, "choicest morsels", are found on pages 43 and 146, which all of us can appreciate...
Page 43 reads, "Establish daily routines for common work tasks, such as checking e-mail or organizing your day. This allows you to make fewer decisions, reducing your energy expenditure."
..Page 146, "When you have no choice to overwork yourself, try to do so in short bursts separated by longer periods of normal work - or rest... Otherwise your productivity will diminish sharply."
The forward is excellent and the story behind the book is compelling, but what didn't impress me is the fact that it's too conceptual in nature and doesn't deliver much in the way of a thinking process, behind the actual practice of time management.
The one factor that would have impressed me most, is if the book held to the (1) theme and (2) promise of linking back to 'increased results and saving 90 minuted per day.'
These two points were found maybe a few times over the course of 166 pages.
Maybe I just need to go back and re-read the book one more time, drawing out some of the more finer points I may have missed.
"Time Power" by Brian Tracy and "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" is more of my cup of tea, and highly recommended for any who have made it this far, reading my long winded review of Laura Stack's explanation of time management and productivity.
not very helpful in my opinion, but then perhaps it was because I just didn't have the time to really read it carefully..Ironic, really... too much to do to read a book about what to do when there is too much to do.