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Time Power: The Revolutionary Time Management System That Can Change Your Professional and Personal Life Hardcover – September, 1987


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (September 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060155892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060155896
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book I just purchased is a replacement for the one I wore out.
Jerome H. Mann
The Franklin Planner courses and books are shameless rip-offs of Mr. Hobbs' great ideas and techniques.
Steven F. Genovese
I think that it is one of the best time management books out there.
Lee

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Zimmer on August 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you are browsing the business self-help books and finally get tired of all the re-hashed nonsense available, then turn to this out of print masterpiece.

Charles Hobbs virtually invented the time management field. His Time Power system became the basis for all others. Dr. Hobbs invented the way to utilize the Day Timer 2 Page per day planner. The planner coupled with his very well thought out Time Power system makes one a very formidible force in their workplace.

The Franklin Planner people (who began by working for Dr. Hobbs) simply ripped-off his entire program. If you can find a set of the Time Power tapes from the early 1980's and compare them to the "original" Franklin Planner (pre Franklin Covey) tapes you will notice that the Franklin seminar is virtually the same down to the very same analogies and methphors! That's some nerve. Well, Dr. Hobbs eventually won a settlement and it seems that Franklin Covey won the lottery. But that's business. The cream does not always rise to the top.

However, I digress. The program outlined by Dr. Hobbs asks you to examine your life and to do some careful introspection before embarking on his system to manage your time. This is because your core beliefs and character will guide you in the daily decisions over what to prioritize and at what level of urgency. Don't skip over this part! I skipped it when I first took the seminar, then fell off the wagon as it were, using the Time Power system. Years later I got out the book and my tapes and gave the system another go this time really working at it and the results are truly amazing.

Time Power really shines when Dr. Hobbs explains how to incorporate the 2 Page per Day planner (Day Timers or any other brand) into the Time Power system.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Three Resolutions Guy on February 28, 2009
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Like the previous reviewer I can see the obvious comparisons with Franklin's planner, and while I am unfamiliar with any legal background I feel compelled to observe that Hobbs used the daytimer planner as an example in this book - I do not think he invented it.

Where I agree wholeheartedly is that this is without any doubt in my mind the best time management book ever written. Covey's First Things First is d**n good, but heavy on philosophy. Time Power is heavy on practicality with sufficient philosophy as to make it easy to read, and easy to apply. I recently re-read it (in fact, studied it) having bought a hardback edition to supplement the two paperbacks I own, and I gained even greater understanding as I did so. Let me be clear - whatever planner you buy (of any consequence, not the cheap ones) THIS book will help you maximise it as a resource.

Life changing? I'd say for me that it was, in terms of productivity and management of my time and life. I have lived the technology described in this book and take pride in being the most organised and least stressed individual in my organisation. So my title is not hyperbole - it is based on my experience. Buy it NOW!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MarkOfEarth on September 3, 2013
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I already own this book and came here looking for anything new by Hobbs - especially how he might adapt his system to current calendar technologies. This is easy enough to do without a new book, but the guy is so spot-on logical that I'm sure he'd improve what I'm doing. In the 80's, I used a cassette seminar series (same ideas as this book) and it literally changed my life and catapulted my business success. Further, after building a successful business, the core-values (unifying principles) work in this book led me to a much more satisfying (for me) career in teaching. I was making money, but realized it really wasn't fulfilling. I now have a Ph.D in education policy, but remain in the classroom, loving what I do every day. Apply and adapt these ideas, piece by piece, immediately including the morning planning time (which I combined with a meditation/visualization activity), and the sky is the limit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Michaels on September 2, 2012
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I came to the realization that as the years go by, I am just not getting things done. I heard of Charles Hobbs book through one of Brian Tracy's recordings as being one of the best time management systems out there. I don't know if that is true, but I could easily believe it. It is not just time management, it is really Life Management. He gives you precise steps to go from your "unifying principles" to prioritizing your goals and managing them efficiently. The book will do you absolutely no good if you just read it once and put it down and expect to get something out of it. You have to "do the drills to get the skills" in this case. Get a pencil or highlighter and mark the book up. Re-read it and make a plan for some quiet time alone to work through his procedures to figure out what you want and where you are going in this life. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for ways to take control of the use of your time and life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debra on January 4, 2011
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Great book! Really does teach you how to manage time wisely. There are several costly time-management systems on the market today, which are based on the principles in this book. Don't waste your money! Get the original!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven F. Genovese on September 4, 2013
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This is the best book ever on time management and on using a planner. The Franklin Planner courses and books are shameless rip-offs of Mr. Hobbs' great ideas and techniques.
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