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The Skinny on Time Management: How to Maximize Your 24-Hour Gift Perfect Paperback – January 15, 2010
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
These "Skinny On" books are formatted in a quick and unique style that maximizes learning while minimizing the time it takes to read the book. The Japanese call this fun style "Manga." It is a comic book type presentation with a dialogue method of getting the serious and helpful point across. The author has done much of the work for us. He has read a plethora of books and boiled them down to essential points while filtering the filler out making it easy to read in an hour or less.
In this book, Jim uses his garage converted into a classroom as an analogy and stick figures to tell the story of how to maximize our use of time. To increase our productivity and decrease stress, he teaches us that we must first be aware of how we are using our time now. Next, we should have a method to write down "to do" lists where set up goals and milestones to reaching those accomplishments. To be most effective, we need to plan, prioritize and focus on what it is that we want to do with our time. Key to the strategy of managing ones time is not just to stay busy, but to stay busy doing the specific things that will maximize our productivity. We should also note that each of us has a time of day; as well as, a place and set of environmental factors that will help us focus and optimize our time. We can utilize those to our advantage.
If you give this style of writing a chance I think that you will be as impressed as I am with its effectiveness. I like it and the message. I think you will too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Concise treatment of the subject matter. The stick figure drawings add more than they detract. All the wheat on the subject matter, and none of the chaff.Published 7 months ago by Dave Dragon
Solid suggestions with actual tools and strategies for efficient and effective personal scheduling. Lots of good philosophies about accomplishment and personal goal setting and the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by PePe
I ordered the Kindle version to download at my Samsung Galaxy Note 4. I could not read. The book format is not designed for my phone. I'd like to have my money back. Read morePublished 9 months ago by New Jersey, USA
Very simple and to the point book on getting the most out of Your timePublished 19 months ago by Thomas Straughan
Hour blocks I believe may have just changed my life!! Great ideas of recognizing where time needs to be utilized to achieve resultsPublished on March 9, 2014 by Brianna Rucker
I loved it. It was quick and easy to read. Filled with great inspirational quotes. I would recommend to everyone. Great gift for high school seniors heading off to college.Published on February 10, 2014 by Carol C.
If you need help with time management, the last thing you want to do is take a bunch of time to read a long book. Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by M Cleary
This book fights a paradox:
I want my information reduced, simple, easy to grasp and understand....
and yet I want A LOT of information.... Read more