“The Skinny On Time Management: How to Maximize Your 24-Hour Gift” by Jim Randel is another of “The Skinny On” series for really busy people. The book is advertised as a one-hour read that will be the best TIME you ever spend. If you are looking for strategies and techniques to help you use your time as effectively as possible, but don’t have time to wade through the much longer time management books out there, this in fact may be the best time you ever spend learning about time management.
This is the second of Randel’s series I’ve read, and I really enjoyed it. Now, if you have read a ton of time management books, you won’t see much new here. Randel states at the beginning that he’d gone through over 100 books and articles on time management and they all basically say the same thing. He claims there are 50 basic principles you need to know, and he addresses them in this book. But he does so in a quick, entertaining manner.
The book’s format is that of stick person Randel giving you a lecture on time management. But don’t worry, it’s not a humdrum boring lecture. Randel includes a lot of quotes and examples as well as interjecting some humor here and there. Quotes and information come from people like, David Allen, Napoleon Bonaparte, Tony Robbins, Brian Tracy, Stephen Covey, Alan Lakein, Tim Ferriss, David Rock, Eckhart Tolle, and others. I especially like the Benjamin Franklin quote on the cover, “Lose no time. Be always employ’d in something useful. Cut of all unnecessary actions.”
The first short part of the book gets you thinking about how you spend your time. How much time we have, time journals, goals, and choices are covered in this section. Part 2 is longer and focuses on time management strategies such as: matching time and energy, gaps, improving memory, overcoming procrastination, clutter, batching, preparation, to do lists, prioritizing, streamlining, the 80-20 rule, focus, and others. Again, if you have read a number of books on time management, you will be familiar with these strategies and concepts. However, even if you are familiar with them, a quick review of the importance of them in this short read is worth it. We all need a booster shot once in a while. The book concludes with Randel’s ten most important points to remember about time management.
The Skinny On books are not meant to be long treatises on topics. They are short, quick, reads that point out the highlights of topics in an entertaining story format. Even though it is a short quick read, the points Randel makes are very important and the strategies are powerful. Of course, you can’t just read the book, you must act and implement the strategies into your daily life. On Randel’s recommendation, I’m going to move “The Power of Full Engagement” up in my reading list. It’s been one of those books I’ve been meaning to read. If you are looking for a fast read on time management, this book is for you. If you need a booster shot to remind you of those time management strategies you’ve studied elsewhere, this book will fit the bill. I’m glad I read it. I needed reminding of some of the strategies. Now it’s TIME to get to implementing them, and being more effective with the limited time we all have.