Top Time Management Books

No B.S. Guide to Time Management for Entrepreneurs by Dan Kennedy

By far the best “hands-on” guide for time management.  It is the number 1 tool in my toolbox.

Dan Kennedy has a brash, no-holds-barred approach to business.  He will easily offend if you are the type that wants everything you read to be unoffensive and P.C.
So a bit of a warning!

And his time management style is to say the least eccentric and austere.  (He doesn’t use e-mail or a cell phone) So it would be easy to dismiss his advice as unpractical at best and useless at worst.

But don’t make that mistake!

Even if you find that you can’t do without those things, understanding the philosophy behind it will do wonders to your understanding of the level of control of your time it takes to be hugely successful.

The only negative I have to say about the book is that he does not address creating and using systems to accomplish the tasks that we must get done.  And I know he uses systems.  But – that is perhaps for another book.

The New Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz

This is a book I have just re-read recently.  And I think I might just start it over again – or at the least read some specific chapters.

So, while it is NOT a time management book persay, it is one of the most influential books to my time management system.

Maxwell Maltz was a plastic surgeon who observed that many of his patients were not “cured” through surgery which gave them “new faces”.  He wrote the book from his case studies and extensive research through his own counseling of patients.

It is a book about improving your “self-image”, but that does not even do it justice!  Because it is so much more.

It is about changing how you think – and this book gives you the tools and mechanisms rather than just the philosophy.  It is clear and easy to follow, with specific exercises to do that lead to the goal.

Changing my perspective on time required the very same thought process and using these techniques are what helped me accomplish it.

Organize Your Work Day in No Time by K.J. McCorry

While this is not a head to toe book on time management, K.J. McCorry does a fabulous job of covering the practical aspects of organization that can keep us from ever getting to the real job of managing our time.

She gives useful, step-by-step how-to’s for getting control of your email, organizing your workspace and managing your filing system.

It is easy and fast to read and easy to implement.

Eat That Frog!  21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time! by Brian Tracy

One of the biggest complaints about time management systems is that there is no new information.  Well, they are really right.

There is nothing new under the sun – but there are new ways to view it, new ways to approach it and new habits we can learn!

And that is what this book is about.  And action oriented book that does not try to fool you into thinking that he is giving you new information, but gives you practical help in developing the new habit of ending procrastination.

10 Days to Faster Reading by Abby Marks Beale

My husband says that I am always willing to believe fantastic claims – if they say it will, I believe it.

I don’t think I am that bad, but I do have to admit, I WANT to believe it (though I am good at leaving my checkbook closed).  And I looked at this book for a long time because I really just couldn’t see how reading a book could help you read faster.

But, I am a convert.  I started at 450 words per minute and increased by about 200 wpm (give or take, depending on what I am reading).

I DID work on it though and it took longer than 10 days – not to read the book, but to practice the techniques.  And I am still going.

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