Offer up a book about how to master time and most people will be interested, yet sceptical. As the saying goes, you have the same amount of hours in t
Offer up a book about how to master time and most people will be interested, yet sceptical. As the saying goes, you have the same amount of hours in the day as Beyonce. The difference between you and her is whilst she can make it halfway across the world, kill it at the gym and also craft a pop song to define a generation, you just about get sign off on your employee survey and even then, you don’t get any time for lunch. How is that even possible?
When we saw Time Mastery by John McLachlan and Karen Meager we were interested in gleaning it all and suddenly being free agents, with endless hours stretching ahead of us. The strap line is ‘banish time management forever’ – a striking statement when you presume the book will be helping you manage time.
The quotes alone are spot on. Things like Jane Austen’s ‘Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings’ – everyone is going to resonate with. This is a critical book, really, all we have in life is the present moment. Making the most of this seems a very core idea to being human.
So – why is it our book of the month and what are the key concepts?
“Each and every day you are training people on how to treat you.”
The theme on the book is that in many ways, learning to manage and make the most of your time is about behaviour and self respect, and the book goes through lots of ‘types’ of people that you will encounter, from the ‘Mad Hatter’ who says yes far too much, to the ‘Martyr’ who will be sending emails at midnight. You will start to really see some characters you recognise!
“Spend time now to save time later”
A key principle is that you can’t do it all – you need help. Rhus might be investing in a travel agent for your holiday or travel incentive, or finding a personal trainer. This is something we can all feel squeamish about doing – but the book especially looks at the pitfalls of using health and energy physically into the wrong things.
“How will you chunk yours?”
A key part of the book is about the chunking of time. If you like to tackle projects by the day – a small time chunker, or hour by hour, you probably love a to-do lists. You might be a ‘themer’ wanting to tackle by the activity type. Discovering who you are is well worth the cost of the book alone!
We give this book a 10/10 – it’s a chunkable, easy read with some lovely illustrations and some of the case studies and notes from real business applications are just the right size to feel helpful and spark inspiration.