Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Book Review: The 25-Hour Day

'The 25-Hour Day: Discover an additional hour in your day
' by Jenna Meyerson is an e-book to help one to achieve the goals one has set for oneself.
“We are limited, but we can push back the borders of our limitations.” 
With this exhortation, the book begins, learning about oneself and correct the areas that need attention, being given the prime place. Planning one's tasks to suit the productivity cycle of each individual, is the next point discussed. I found suggestions like, "It makes sense to schedule those non-core activities at your low energy points for the day", quite logial and easy to follow.
Prioritizing is taken as the next target. To make this simple, the book uses a matrix of urgency vs importance, specifying what one's approach should be for each job. A good discussion about the practical use of productivity enhancing aids and calendar applications comes next, which I thought is quite useful for full exploitation of my PC.
Next chapter begins with another gem, "Don’t be a time manager, be a priority manager". Many techniques are provided here, both for choosing one's priorities and for managing those without hiccups. Many a mangement aid like Paretto diagram, ABC analysis, prioritization matrix, etc find its mention here. The book ends with a discussion about time audit. How to conduct a time-audit, how one should handle unimportant activities, and how to increase your time even further.

The book is concise, quite powerful for its size. The methods suggested here are also very practical.

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