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Tell Your Time: How to Manage Your Schedule So You Can Live Free [Kindle Edition]

Amy Lynn Andrews
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)

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Book Description

There's one thing I've never understood about time management books, and that is, why do so many of them take so much time to read? Have you noticed that? It seems to me a book about time management should be, well, short. To the point. Efficient.

So that's what I did in Tell Your Time.

I distilled all of the time management, organization, scheduling and goal-setting tips I've gleaned over the years (that's a lot) into one easy-to-read, easy-to-implement, straightforward, no-nonsense ebook.

Remember, time management is like weight loss. There's no magic bullet. The basic principles in weight loss books are all variations on the same theme: eat well and exercise. Consume fewer calories then you expend.

The same goes for time management books. There's no magic bullet. The basic principles in time management books are all variations on the same theme: make sure all your to-dos fit within the 24 hours allotted.

This book will walk you through a process—the one I personally use—that has helped many others. And it will do it in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost.

Because I think you should live life living, not just reading about it.

Tell Your Time will help you identify the most important things—and the most important people—in your life. You will easily set goals and learn how to manage your time efficiently so no *thing*—or no *one*—falls through the cracks.

Oh, and by the way, during the writing of this book I finally figured out the answer to my question, you know, the one about time management books being so time consuming. A traditional publisher contacted me and offered to publish Tell Your Time as a "regular" book. But there was a catch. In order to justify the cost of publishing, I had to beef it up...and make it about 7 times longer. I was very grateful for the offer, but I declined. (By the way, if you want to hear that full story, find the Tools page I reference throughout the book.)

Tell Your Time packs a huge practical punch. Small time commitment, small price tag, huge benefit.

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Why do so many time management books take so much time to read? I think you should live life living, not just reading about it. In Tell Your Time, I've distilled all of the time management, organization, scheduling and goal-setting tips I've gleaned over the years into one easy-to-read, easy-to-implement, straightforward, no-nonsense ebook. I hope it's helpful!

Product Details

  • File Size: 413 KB
  • Print Length: 46 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Amy Lynn Andrews (July 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005F0H7BK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,793 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freedom!!! July 30, 2011
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I've always been a scheduled person, organized, with a list for everything. And it stressed and weighed me down. Reading Amy's book taught me a whole new way to look at my time and showed me what I was doing wrong! Practical, concise, and REAL, written by a busy mom who's been there, Tell Your Time is a must read for anyone who feels like they don't have enough time. Since reading her book 6 months ago I have felt freedom in my schedule like never before. LOVE this book!
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69 of 85 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Manage Your Time Efficiently: Don't Read this Book June 17, 2012
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Filled with bromides and cliches, this thin volume is too vague, too general and too short (less than 50 pages) to be of much help to anyone who seeks advice on managing their time more efficiently. Such advice as, "Kill as many birds with one stone as you can, whenever you can" is good, obvious advice. Her only example or elaboration is that she reviews her day's activities when in the shower, takes care of her personal hygiene and she's also killed cleaning up the house -- she wipes down the shower when she's done. Clearly, the author doesn't have a taxing life. Another gem: "Be realistic ... If you're not realistic and try to squeeze in too much, you're only setting yourself up for failure." That's it. No personal life experience to illustrate or serve as an example.

What little meat there is consists of a proposed time management system organized with a four-square grid. Two columns one with "Nonnegotiable Activities", the other with "Negotiable activities" and two rows, one with "Flexible time, the other "Inflexible time." In each of these quadrants you organize your tasks. In the "Nonnegotiable" & "Fixed Time" spot where most would put a regular job, her personal example didn't. What she referred to as "Consulting" was classified as both a negotiable activity and flexible time.

I find it astonishing that a publisher would look at this pamphlet and think it substantive enough to publish as a book.
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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Basic May 4, 2012
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Swayed by all the five star reviews and the low cost, I eagerly bought this book, hoping that it would provide some new insights. Alas, I was sorely disappointed. It is very short and offers only the most surface-level tips - all of which I have read before. No new insights here. Even though it's offered at a bargain price, save the time and invest it somewhere that offers more robust solutions.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars saved my life August 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I only recently read Tell your Time. I have a tendency to make a list and then feel as if I should get it all done in one morning. When I don't, of course, I get angry at myself and end up feeling stressed which results in getting even less done.
Amy Andrews book helped me take the time to sit down and look at my schedule realistically. I was able to list the things I wanted to do, and then see how much time it would take me to do it. Also because she encourages you to schedule personal activities as well as household and work activities you don't end up feeling like all you ever do is work.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a busy schedule or a schedule for that matter! Tell Your Time has something to offer everyone, from simple advice to printable worksheets.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Time Management System That Actually WORKS! September 2, 2012
By Razvan
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I wasn't expecting much from this book. After GTD, Pomodoro and a few other books that created chaos into my head, I was not very excited to read it.

But I've did. And I'm glad that I've did because this is the first system that actually makes sense for me. I've tried to use the MVP (setting three priorities daily) but it did not worked out for me. I've invested over $70 in apps for GTD and still, all I was doing was focusing on the easiest tasks.

But this simple philosophy that resembles Covey but it's far, far easier to apply actually works for me. I've used it today and I've got some quality work done.

Now, here are a few things to add to the book:
-> Use Google Calendar instead of a printable sheet or spreadsheet.
-> Leave a cushion time after and before each major block.

Except that, this is an amazing book. Buy it. Now!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts strong. Good quick read. January 6, 2012
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I liked this book. It starts strong and is not your typical 20+ chapter advice book which I like. The information is good and concise. My favorite being that we should plan our activities based upon the roles we view as our most important. There is a nice walkthru in organizing your weekly schedule that is helpful. This is a great book in helping to prioritize tasks. However I was disappointed that the strength the author has in presenting her advice fizzles out as the book goes on. I got this book for the opposite reasons as some of the other reviewers, I despise schedules and I avoid planning. So instead of planning too much I don't plan enough. But I am a homeschooling mom of two with a little one on the way so I am feeling the effects of poor time management. I have my homeschool schedule set but everything else is sort of chaotic as I do the things that need to be done and others that aren't as pressing but still important get neglected and I hoped this book would help. The author touches on my situation of avoiding schedules in a paragraph in the intro but does not go further into it. I feel it is geared towards those who take on too many extra tasks in the day... it was good read in any case.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A quick and helpful book!
I liked this book because it was a nudge to take control of my schedule along with practical tips to make it happen.
Published 23 hours ago by Grace Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource
Great advise on how to prioritize and how to be better organized. great resource.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars life chunks
This was so helpful for mr! More than just scheduling "to-do's" it helped me look at the hats I wear, and give time to all of them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by bluechickens
4.0 out of 5 stars Good principles
I struggle to structure my current exam life requiring rigorous discipline. I liked Amy's approach besides I wish to see more working examples for non-home care takers to manage... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chari NYC
5.0 out of 5 stars Succinct
This little book is empowering because it is straightforward and concise. If you feel overwhelmed or helpless regarding time management, read this book.
Published 2 months ago by Muscari
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
I guess I wouldn't call this a time management book, maybe a goal writing book. Not what I was expecting or looking for.
Published 3 months ago by SD
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
I liked how she showed her schedule. And it did help me to put my priorities on paper. I like that it was short too.
Published 3 months ago by addie
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Great book. Eye-opening. I want to manage my time now, but have to sleep!!! I suggest having paper with you when reading this book.
Published 3 months ago by Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
This book was perfect for me because I am terrible with time and needed a quick, yet poignant reality check. Read more
Published 4 months ago by fancypants1234
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Book!
Thanks Amy for this great read! To the point and very doable! There are other lengthy books that many read but few implement. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Anjanette
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I think everyone should spend less time doing what they *have* to do and more time doing what they were *made* to do. Therefore, it's my mission to help others streamline life to make more room for the "made-to-dos." I hope Tell Your Time will kick-start it for you!

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