One of the keys to success in any endeavor is learning to effectively manage time. There are a finite number of hours in each day, and if you fail to adequately manage them, more tasks than hours to get them done. Time Management Mastery by Greg Host is a short book that offers some sage advice for learning how to make the most of the time available to you; learning how to distinguish between tasks that are important (but not time-bound) and those that are urgent (must be done or the consequences are dire).
The author offers nothing that can’t be found in thousands of other pages of books on management, but he does it in a brief, easy-to-read and easy-to-understand form that fits the theme of the book. After all, if an author is going to talk about getting things done in the shortest amount of time possible, the credibility is suspect if it takes hundreds of pages to do it.
A useful book for those who feel there just aren’t enough hours in the day. I give this one four stars.
If there’s one thing in life that’s sure, other than death and taxes, it’s that things will always go wrong. The power will go out, the street you’re on will be closed, or some other roadblock will get between you and the destination for which you’re heading.
When things go wrong, you have to make choices; do you give up, or do you find a way around the obstacle? If you’re armed with a plan, whether it’s a personal quest or a professional objective, getting around or over obstacles becomes less of a problem. If you don’t have a plan, you find yourself wasting precious time trying to figure out what to do.
Make no mistake about it; if you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail. Even with a plan, things will often go wrong – no plan survives the first shot. So, it’s not enough to just plan; you must plan intelligently.
Not to worry, though; learning to plan effectively is as easy as learning to ride a bicycle. I’ve written a little book, based upon my fifty years of experience in the government bureaucracy, of the lessons in planning that I had to learn the hard way. I offer it to my readers in the hope that it will help them get to where I am in far less time than it took me.
It’s simple really. My philosophy is, ‘there’s always a Plan B. When Plan A runs into a roadblock, I’ve anticipated it, and immediately move to Plan B. You can too.
If you want to learn how to make planning easy, and more effective, get your copy of There’s Always a Plan B today. It’s available in paperback or Kindle version at the links below.
There’s Always a Plan B: How to Cope When Things Go Wrong by Charles Ray (Oct 14, 2013)
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