In this A-to-Z guide to managing time in a professional setting, debut author Weinman delivers sound strategies for focusing goals, managing daily tasks and projects, and building a working system of success.
Founder of TimeFinder, a company that offers productivity coaching to professionals, Weinman approaches time as a highly controllable feature of a professional’s life. By establishing hierarchies of needs and desires, then budgeting time accordingly, Weinman says a professional can solve any time dilemma or perceived obstacle that is impeding the flow of production. The book takes an organized approach to alphabetizing basic principles, such as anticipation, delegation, jump-starting and routine. The concepts are illustrated with examples and testimonies from anonymous clients who needed a strategy to solve a problem in his or her daily schedule. For example, one client had a problem arriving at work on time because she was attempting to balance caring for and playing with her children in the morning before showering and catching a train to work. The author lays out a plan for strategizing how to incorporate quality time, as the client desired, with a strict adherence to certain truths—in this case, a certain train that needed to be met to ensure on-time arrival to work. This required establishing an itinerary, something Weinman suggests that all professionals should create as a map to ensure smooth transitions from one event to the next. Anticipation of irregular yet likely incidents, such as inclement weather or late public transportation, is another crucial step the author outlines in establishing time blocks and itineraries. The book succeeds not just in outlining principles, but also in illustrating concrete ways to carry them out in daily actions. Though targeted toward the working professional, the concepts are relevant enough to be applied to any lifestyle that requires scheduling, task lists and goal setting.
A thorough, well-thought-out guidebook to solving time dilemmas and organizing a working life.