I’m a long time fan of Amy Lynn Andrews’ blog Blogging with Amy. Amy gives straightforward advice (for the non-techie) on all things blogging. Her tutorials have guided me through many a dilemma over here on Space for Living. When I saw she had an eBook on time management I was instantly curious of her strategy for the well covered subject (see my other book reviews on the same topic).
True to form, Tell Your Time clearly leads you along each steps all while lacking the fluff found in many time management books. It touches on a similar idea found in Julie Morganstern’s book, Time Management from the Inside Out, called Time Mapping. Time is limited and therefore must be fit into boxes as you would any type of organizing task or as Amy describes it, a limited amount in your time budget.
So why would I recommend a book that covers a similar strategy? Amy gets right to the heart of time management in such a clear and concise way. In just 32 short pages, you are led through looking at your purpose and your roles, determining nonnegotiable, negotiable, flexible, and fixed activities and ultimately ”turning hopes into plans.”
If you are looking for steps to gain more control over your time and the idea of living each day full of activities that fulfill your purpose. Tell Your Time is a quick read that is so worth the minimal effort to create a plan for your time. Also, if you are not big on “self-help” type nonfiction books this no-nonsense approach is the perfect fit.
If are looking for psychology rich book to give outside motivation and productivity, this might not be the book for you. She doesn’t dismiss the important aspect of internal self-discipline and very clearly states, “We must be willing to confront and experience the discomfort that accompanies internal change;” but assumes you must have a fair amount within to follow through on the plan. If you are looking for more nitty-gritty details I recommend Getting Things Done, which could be dry and overwhelm for some, but still an excellent resource.
I also find Tell Your Time to be a perfect complement to the book, Getting Things Done. After reading Tell Your Time, you will walk away with a purposeful schedule to follow. This schedule will help you find the time to actually get things done and ultimately lead to a greater understand of creating intentional next action steps.
What do you think? Do you feel you have a good handle on your time? Do you ever stop and question if your to-do’s are really necessary or getting you closer to your goals? Any other fans of Blogging with Amy? Click here to visit Amy Lynn Andrews.
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