Successful Time Management
Author: Patrick Forsyth
Publisher: Kogan Page
This book is another of the practical self-help guides from the Sunday Times.
Eight chapters look at specific techniques to managing your time more effectively. While the book claims to be targeted at those working in executive or managerial positions, the content and writing style can be rather simplistic for this audience.
The first chapter takes a long time trying to convince the reader of the need to manage their time. I’m not sure the emphasis is necessary, however, as the reader is likely to be committed to the idea of managing their time more effectively or they wouldn’t be reading the book in the first place.
Generally, the pace is rather pedestrian and the points made could be more succinct. However, the light-hearted comments do assist the reading.
The book gives a large number of suggestions and the reader new to ideas on time management will undoubtedly find some useful tips for managing their time more effectively – examples such as how to combat time wasters, how to minimise your paper handling and how to manage meetings effectively, are all useful. Sections on using the internet and e-mails were also new to me.
Useful? Three out of five stars
Well-written? Three out of five stars
Practical? Four out of five stars
Inspirational? Two out of five stars
Value for money? Three out of five stars
Overall? Three out of five stars
Reviewed by Jonathan Smith, senior lecturer, Ashcroft International Business School and Anglia Ruskin University