Tell Your Time

It’s the time of year when I start thinking about resolutions and goals and how to get my life together.  As I conduct this exercise, I find it helpful to read books about organization, time management, and goal setting to give me ideas and spur me on.  Perhaps you’re the same way.

A while back I downloaded Amy Lynn Andrews’ short e-book Tell Your Time: How to Manage Your Schedule So You Can Live Free and this week when I was having insomnia one morning I read it (insomnia is dreadful, but it might as well be productive) and found it a helpful kickstart.

The book contains a lot of information you’ve probably read before in other books, but Andrews puts a good spin on it, especially in her emphasis on how to block out a schedule and protect your goals by protecting your time.  It’s got a practical application focus that is sometimes missing from similar volumes, although I found myself marveling at the example of Andrews’ own schedule, in which she only blocks off an hour a day to homeschool her four kids!  I figure they must be older and mostly self-motivated at this point.  But it’s cool that people can find different ways of balancing work and homeschooling.

Tell Your Time is for you if:

  • You have Amazon Prime (because it’s free for Prime members).
  • You need a jolt of inspiration on the time management/goal accomplishing front but you don’t have time to read a longer book.
  • You’re looking for a book that has a little bit of vision and a little bit of application, but can be read quickly.

If you have time for more in-depth reading on goals and resolutions and time management, I’d recommend:

  • 168 Hours (probably the best time management book I’ve read, and I’ve read more than my fair share)
  • What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast (like Tell Your Time, a short e-book and available for the same price, but really jam-packed with helpful information and a good reader’s digest version of 168 Hours)
  • The Happiness Project (for fabulous inspiration on how to break down larger goals into monthly projects and weekly goals)
  • Eat That Frog (more information on actually getting goals accomplished by making smaller concrete steps a daily priority)
Side note: Great minds think alike!  A Spirited Mind reader and writer of The Deliberate Reader Sheila posted this week on ebooks that have helped her get organized for the new year.  Check out her post for more inspiration!

Do you read this kind of book more at the end/beginning of a year?  If you like this genre, what are some of the more helpful books you’ve read lately?

 

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3 thoughts on “Tell Your Time

  1. Great minds do think alike – I really debated about including What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast in my post, but finally decided to just go with one that was time-management focused.

    I’ve read all of the books you highlighted, and agree with you that they are all excellent choices!

  2. I’ve read all of these in the past year except Andrews’ which I read back when it first came out. It’s on my kindle so I’ll probably read it again here soon.

    Really found the other ones helpful this year, though!

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