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)
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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