Top 5 Books on Time Management

Time management is a fantastically large area. There are so many good books on the subject that no one could chronicle them all. This is a collection of the top 5 time management books that have helped me restructure my day to day activities.

1. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

I think this was the most recommended book I have ever run across, but it was not so easy to understand that it was being recommended because those in the know refer to it as GTD. It took me many months to understand what this GTD that I needed was a book. The number one thing that has stuck with me is having a trusted place to put my thoughts and ideas so that my mind remains clutter free.

2. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

This book helps you understand how to remove the actions that don’t matter in your life and spend more time on the actions that matter a lot. One of my favorite lines and one that really made me stop and think is

“If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.”

This book is very easy to read through and many of the ideas jump out like the one above. It gets me to stop and think about what I am doing and sometimes I have to ask myself

“Is this the very most important thing I should be doing with my time and resources right now?”

If not I move on, because I am the writer in my story not that other guy.

3. Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

The book is full of short and practical stories and ideas for improving time management and productivity. I found that this book is a great stater for those new to time management. The book sets the foundation that all other time management systems will build off of.

4. 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think

By focusing you time on what you do best and minimizing all other activities, you will have a greater sense of satisfaction and time for other activities. This book was part of one of my college courses where we were made to outline our days in a bar graph fashion for 168 hours. It was amazing to see these blocks of time like sleep or traffic suck up the 168 hours so quickly.

5. The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less

Simply put, 80% of your results will come from 20% of your effort. I now think about what I am doing in terms of weather or not the activity lies in the 20% or not. If I find that I am putting time awards an activity that will fall into the 80% waste category I stop.

If you are fuming because your favorite book is not in my list, don’t worry I probably haven’t read it yet. I read a lot. So, if you think  I need to read a book tell me about it in the comment section below.

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REWORK

Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson have a good thing here. This book is laid out more like a blog than like a book.

I suspect that is where the ideas for this book stemmed from.

You can pick this book up anywhere and read an idea in just a few minutes. You really don’t need to read it from start to finish, but it is so easy to read you just might do that.

There are so many golden nuggets throughout this book it really makes you sit and think. Towards the middle of the book is this little nugget.

Emulate Chefs

What? How is a chef going to teach me anything about business? Follow a recipe?

No.

Share everything you know. Think of all the famous chefs you know.

What do they have in common?

A cookbook or ten, a TV show or three, a documentary. These Chefs are sharing everything that they know and that is what makes them great.

There are so many more little tidbits of information like this in this book. Some ideas you won’t agree with, and some you will think are silly, but I think this book is one that all business owners and leaders need to read.

On Wings of Eagles

I recently finish reading On Wings of Eagles by Ken Follett. I had heard a few good comments on the book by some friends of mine, but I had not really gotten myself into the frame of mind to read the book. I like Ross Perot, there is no doubting that he has created a successful life for himself.

Usually a book about how a successful person overcame a setback reels me in. I think that the biggest problem I faced in getting into the book, is that it was before my time, but close enough to not really stir up emotions for me.

Whatever the case it took me many months of overlooking the book to finally pick it up. I must say the story really fired up some emotions for me. I was getting so frustrated with how the two gentlemen where held captive. I really do not know how I would have handled such a situation if it were me.

The story kept me in a frustrated state because the team kept running into setbacks that would have made less motivated individuals quit.

The book had a great never give up quality to it.

I enjoyed reading this book and had a hard time putting it down because I was so wrapped up in how the problem was solved.

If you like to read about how people overcome struggle pick up this book.

If you like to be frustrated by the actions of people in the past, pick up this book.

 

The Secret History of the American Empire

Today I finished John Perkins follow-up book to Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. I really enjoyed the ideas that John Perkins presented in the first book.

If you have not read Confessions of an Economic Hit Man yet I highly recommend you search it out.

The idea that a person meets with the leaders of a third world country, with the idea of Americanizing it, to bring money to the pockets of American corporations and politicians, really made me sit and think about the idea of an economic hit man.

The job does not sound too exciting nor does it sound glamorous, but the effect that the decisions these “hit men” make impacts more lives than I could imagine.

I have enjoyed the books that John Perkins has written and his writing has given me a greater interest in economics. John Perkins provides some great solutions to the problems that these “hit men” were sent to solve without the negative impact that his former exploits created.

I look forward to another book by John Perkins. I will be one of the first in line.