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Learn Effective Time Management from These Insightful Books in 2019

Take the time to learn how to master your own time.

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One of the things about living in a 24/7 interconnected, globalized world is that you probably could never run out of things to do. The bad news is, you can’t even remotely do all that you probably want to in the short time you have allocated on this earth.

But by putting a little effort in managing your time you might very well take control of all the productive activities you are required to do during the day so later you have considerable leisure time to spend doing what you please.

Busy people around the world figured the science behind successfully managing time years ago, and are ready to tell you all about it if you only take the time to learn from the best books on time management available. Don’t waste one more sec.

#1 The Myth of Multitasking by Dave Crenshaw

The Myth of Multitasking by Dave Crenshaw
This simple yet powerful book shows clearly why multitasking is, in fact, a lie that wastes time and costs money. Far from being efficient, multitasking actually damages productivity and relationships at work and at home. It also destroys effective time management, costing you hours of wasted time.

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#2 The Power of Having Fun by Dave Crenshaw

The Power of Having Fun by Dave Crenshaw
If you want to be successful, having fun is not an option. It’s a necessity. By making fun a top priority—taking meaningful, enjoyable breaks each day, week, month, and year—you’ll not only be happier but be more productive, too!

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#3 Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy

Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy
This book provides a no-nonsense guide to getting things done in life. The author’s main point lies within starting your day with the most difficult task first instead of procrastinating and leaving it at the bottom of your “To-Do” list. He advises people to strike that task without hesitation and not to stop until you meet completion. By doing this you get the task with the most resistance out of the way making the others seem much easier especially considering the momentum generated from conquering the peak of your current assignments.

Another focal point that I enjoy is the discussion of prioritising tasks that give you the biggest results. In other words, honing in on high-value tasks that will propel you and your business forward rather than getting caught up in the stagnating trap of busy work. The author makes several other helpful points throughout the book however, these two continue impacting the way I work and have made a long lasting impression on my overall success as a business owner. I continue to write my “To-Do” lists every day and they set the tone overall tone of my day in a very positive and efficient way.

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#4 The 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management by Hyrum Smith

The 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management by Hyrum Smith
One of the challenges of time management books is that many of them create a time management system that’s natural for the author, but doesn’t work for most people. Not this one! I love how the author starts out with self-discovery and personal goals: what’s important to you in life? What do you want to accomplish 3 months or 10 years from now? Author Hyrum Smith then gives practical, realistic advice to live a life that is both doable and successful.

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#5 Miracle Morning Millionaires by Hal Elrod and David Osborne

Miracle Morning Millionaires by Hal Elrod and David Osborne
Take an interesting dive into what some of the worlds most successful people do before most are even awake. Learn how your life can change when you adjust your schedule to take advantage of hours you are sleeping through.

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#6 First Things First: First Things First by Stephen R. Covey

First Things First: First Things First by Stephen R. Covey
A lot of books teach you how to get more done in less time. It’s what we all want, right? Wrong.

What I love about this book is it teaches you about how to get the most important things done in all aspects of your life.

As an entrepreneur it’s easy to get caught up in getting more work stuff done, and completely forgetting about the really important things – family, friends, and of course, yourself.

You can’t manage time. But you can manage what you do in that time.

This book changed by life.

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#7 The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
Many people eschew the checklist, saying that it just leads to more busywork checking off things. Others say that you add items only to experience the pleasure of checking them off. In this book, Gawande advocates for the old-fashioned checklist. In the age of digital distraction, what’s wrong with a simple paper and pen solution to task management and getting sh*t done?

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#8 Lifescale: How to Live a More Creative, Productive, and Happy Life by Brian Solis

Lifescale: How to Live a More Creative, Productive, and Happy Life by Brian Solis
The constant stimulation of tech is rewiring our brains, altering body chemistry and affecting our productivity, health and wellness.

  • Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and other popular apps/games were deliberately designed to change our behaviours (it’s called persuasive design).
  • On average it takes 23 minutes to regain focus every time you pull away from a project to check your phone or twitter feed.
  • 36% of Millennials and Gen Z employees say they spend two hours or more checking their smartphones for personal activities during the workday.
  • Digital distractions cost the U.S. economy $997 billion(!) a year in lost productivity.
  • Multitasking, the way most Americans “get things done,” actually reduces productivity by 40% and lowers IQ scores.
  • Social Media is damaging our teens. The more time they spend on social media, the more likely they are to be depressed, suffer low self-esteem and compare themselves negatively to their peers. 50+% prefer texting to talking!
  • In fact, the more time any of us spend on social media, the more likely we are to be depressed.
  • This list goes on. Today, most people are living with persistent distraction because it’s just a fact of life now. But, like cigarettes, which were originally endorsed by doctors, many of the devices and social networks we use were designed to be addictive. It’s time for a holistic approach to putting digital distractions in their place.

In Lifescale, Brian shares:

  1. The straight dope on how the tech industry got us addicted and keeps us addicted to Facebook, gaming and more;
  2. His own challenges with distraction and ineffective multitasking and explores his journey to find short-term hacks and then long-term solutions to solve this problem. And then…
  3. Maps out a plan all of us can use to regain focus and creativity while learning to use Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, emails and all those apps on our smartphones as tools that enhance our lives instead of dominating them.

There are thousands of self-help books on the market, but there is no other book like Lifescale. Brian learned this first-hand as he looked for solutions on his own journey to rebuild his focus, creativity and happiness. Now he’s sharing what he’s learned with readers who join him on the Lifescale journey.”

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#9 Summary: How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life by Businessnews Publishing

Summary: How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life by Businessnews Publishing
This short book (42 pages cover-to-cover) is a complete summary of the world-famous time management principles developed by Alan Lakein. First published in the early 1970s, the original text (‘How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life’) was required reading in the training programs at dozens of major corporations; bit I first discovered it in a college business course.

While the book itself is now considered a classic in its field, the principles and methods that Lakein teaches are truly timeless. And those methods can work equally well in both professional and personal settings.

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#10 Time Management for Small Business by Kris Ward

Time Management for Small Business by Kris Ward
“Time management books are often written for a very specific type person. But it’s unachievable for most people. It’s kind of like a strict 7 day cleanse . . . and 3 days in your eating cake!

With Win The Hour Win The Day. . . It’s easy to implement strategies and principals that give you a frame work to work within. You can see immediate results! ”

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#11 Making Minutes Matter by Mary Kutheis

Making Minutes Matter by Mary Kutheis
Making Minutes Matter is a no-holds barred guide to time management. There’s no fluff and no special secrets… do this and it will become a habit etc… That said, the greatest outcome from reading this book (besides the fact that it’s only 164 pages long) is that it has helped me to say NO to things that are potential time wasters and say YES to things that I believe will bring my family greater joy and my business greater success.

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Contributors to this article
Victoria Bidez from DaveCrenshaw

Mack Dudayev from Realtor Chance Realty LLC

David Sanchez from Mammoth Web Solutions

Matt York from Queen City Buyer

Steve Deane from Stevedeane

Yaniv Masjedi from Nextiva

Sarah Wilson from Pop! Communications Campaigns

Timothy Wiedman from Doane University

Kris Ward from Win The Hour Win The Day

Tom Gatti from Black Twig Marketing + Communications

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