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Happy About an Extra Hour Every Day: 300 Time Saving Tips to Create a 25-Hour Day; Practical Time Saving Tips to Apply at Home, at Work and on the Go Paperback – May 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: Happy About (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600051405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600051401
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,442,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jane Maritz on September 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is a fairly short read (105 pages), perfect for the person who desperately needs an extra hour a day! After reviewing the basic principles of time management, the author provides practical tips for saving time in three areas: at home, at work, and on the go.

My Review

This book reads like a bullet-point or numbered list of ideas. It isn't long enough to go through a lot of examples and illustrations - it is very much practical and to the point. And I do love lists, so I enjoyed the format.

A lot of the tips are common sense. There are some good reminders along the lines of writing stuff down, planning your time, getting up early, and overcoming procrastination.

There are also links to some great tools, including online checklists and digital post-its.

And then there are tips I hadn't thought of, like leaving a paper clip on your passport - since with international travel you're often having to fill out forms to present with the passport, and this cuts down on search time to find those forms when needed. Very practical and something I wish I had done with all the border crossings we did while in Mozambique.

Or activating the single click option (Windows) on my computer - why waste time on all those unnecessary double-clicks?

Or using both hands while cleaning; e.g. spraying the windows with one hand while wiping with the other.

As dry as the content is, there were things that made me laugh with the realization that a man is writing this. Such as this comment: "The time required for housework has reduced significantly with all the technological aids available and it may one day completely be done by a house robot."

Or this tip for women: "Use a decent color for your nails.
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What's a gift many of us would cherish? Particularly when extra time is a luxury item and life seems ever more hectic? Nicolas Soergel's "Happy About an Extra Hour Every Day" maps out a strategy for 'never have enough', time-crunched 21st century citizens.

It's a valuable compendium of useful ideas to better organize one of our most precious commodities. There's nothing mysterious here - just plenty of sensible tips on time management principles; why managing it is so critical in achieving our goals; and how to save time at home, at work, and when travelling. Some advice you may be familiar with, other items are new ways of approaching daily tasks.

Setting goals is one example of what Soergel deems an 'action item' to be tracked and executed. Likening each goal as a project in itself, he suggests several steps to take (similar to project management methods). If a goal proves difficult to attain, announcing it in public makes it harder to give up or procrastinate; asking family or friends for support can help keep you motivated and moving.

One tip many will appreciate - I really liked this one - is making meetings shorter and more productive; his idea is a 'stand-up' meeting where you're more inclined to get down to business and finish ASAP. No more coffee and pastry needed to see you through!

"An Extra Hour Every Day" is a great guide for many of us who daily juggle life's tasks, large and small, knowing there are more effective ways to do things. If you do the arithmetic, one extra hour daily translates into about 350+ hours more per year! And who would argue with that?
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I agree with the gist of everything he said in the basis of Time Management. Have clear goals. Goals come before action. Then have a to do list and prioritize it. Write things down. Habits are one of the best ways to gain effectiveness. Plan. All simple but effective. What I was looking for was new tips. I am a bit of a tough customer for new tips since I have read most books published in the last 10 years on the topic.

The book is not advocating a particular system, rather it is a compendium of tips.

Much of the book seemed fairly junior. Perhaps I am too studied and practise too much of it? Many of the tips seemed too obvious. Some seemed too trivial.

Some of his tips:

1 - Chaining as a way to build a habit. Think of building a chain for each day or week you do something. EG. If I want to run daily, each day I run is a new link. Perhaps I build 20 links then skip a day. I then start a new chain and try to break 20 etc.

2 - In cleaning, use 2 hands. Why not use 2 cloths instead of 1?

3 - Less credit cards or bank accounts means less paperwork, less reconciling etc.

4 - Have a don't do list. (one of my favourites)

5 - Buy in large quantity (EG Business Cards) to save the time of re-buying

6 - Pay annually rather than monthly - EG insurance.

I liked the list of websites the book has. They are good resources.

The book is short which I like - 100 pages.
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