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"A friend gave me this book, perhaps because he thinks I'm time-challenged. In any event, I loved it - substantive, fun and funny. I give it my highest recommendation." --Steve Pagliuca, Co-Owner, The Boston Celtics

"A unique approach to addressing really important topics. I've now read two Skinny books and enjoyed them both. I heartily suggest this book for the time-starved who want their 'how-to' books quick and actionable - basically everyone I know." --Mike Goss, Managing Director, Bain Capital

"It's my angry belief that most self-help and education book writers get paid by the word. Three and four hundred page books that could have been done better in 50 pages. Not so with "The Skinny On" series. These books kick rears and take names. Using entertaining writing, stick figure drawings and a comic book style layout, they use simple stories to quickly convey valuable information. Highly recommended. Author Jim Randel has created one of the best, most interesting series I've seen in a very long time." --Myles Knapp, San Jose Mercury News

About the Author

Jim Randel, a graduate of the Columbia University College and Law School, has made his living as a real estate lawyer, developer, and entrepreneur. Randel has been a guest speaker at Harvard and NYU Business Schools, annual conventions for national organizations, and investor sessions in many large cities in the United States. Recent engagements include ABC, CBS, Fox, Fox Business and BetterTV.com. Throughout his career, Jim s passion has been to teach and write. His first book, The Real Estate Game (CCH), was published in 1986 and received national recognition from investors and critics. From 1988 to 1990 he was a daily commentator on the Financial News Network (now CNBC). In 2006 he wrote Confessions of a Real Estate Entrepreneur (McGraw-Hill) which reached #1 in several Amazon categories.
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  • Series: The Skinny on
  • Perfect Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Rand Media Co; 1st edition (January 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984139397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984139392
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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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.
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Loved this one... using the insight I gained from it. The book was more of a confirmation for me that I am managing my time wisely already, but now that I've read it, I feel confident to go forth and manage time! Also, I found the quadrant task list technique outline very useful, as I've been trying to digest Covey's quadrant list for ages and only this book has finally gotten it through my thick skull. All hail the skinny on! I find 'the skinny on' series very useful as I like my non-fiction to get straight to the point, and the skinny on delivers every time. I hope they come out with new titles soon. I will be watching out for them.
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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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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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