Learn how to put an end to busyness and finally have more time to live your life on your own terms.
"I don't have time."
When was the last time you heard that or said it yourself? A few days ago? Yesterday? Today?
Every day is full of things to do, people to see, and decisions to make. When do you get time for yourself, and what you really want to do?
Time is your most precious commodity; everyone has only so much. So why do you spend it like you have an unlimited supply? When the Grim Reaper finally comes for you, will you smile, remembering all the experiences you had that made you happy, or will you think back with a tear at all the "what ifs" you missed because you just didn't have the time?
How to Have More Time will help you reclaim your time for you, your goals, and your sanity. Learn some of the tricks to make the time for a healthier lifestyle: have time to eat better food, exercise more, and surround yourself with people who are good for you.
In this audiobook you'll discover:
Take the journey through this book to cut away the unessential and maximize the use of your time.
©2016 Martin Meadows (P)2016 Meadows Publishing
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How to Have More Time is another solid listen from Martin Meadows and read by John Gagnepain.
Why do I recommend you listen and then apply the ideas expressed in this book? Because if you implement even a couple of the ways to have more time in this book, you will find that you have more time to do what you really want to spend your time on.
Do yourself a favor and invest the time to read/listen and apply the material. I guarantee It will multiply your time effectiveness.
It's just a personal preference, but I wouldn't have led with the concepts from Tim Ferriss' 4-hour Work Week book. Those ideas are not applicable to the wider audience (e.g. most scientists find Ferriss' approach to work repugnant). The second half of the book is more actionable and would have been better starting material.
There is no story per se, but I enjoyed learning of new books that were outside my sphere of familiarity. Since Meadows summarizes the works of other authors, his works are a sampler of popular works on the subject.
It is probably a subjective matter, but I dislike the intonation of this narrator. He does not mis-pronounce in this book as badly as in others, though. (For example, there was one audiobook, where he kept saying "keel" when the text was "kcal"--is it so hard to Google the correct pronunciation of technical terms?)
It was worth the listening time but I did listen at 1.5x.
I have mixed feelings about this audiobook, but generally more positive than negative. Like Meadows' other works, it is a broad compilation of the concepts and ideas introduced by other authors, sprinkled with his own personal experiences. Like CliffNotes or Schaum's Outlines, it provides a good survey of basic concepts involving time management. I like hearing the references to the concepts Meadows' summarizes, as it's a good way to learn about new books and authors.
In all fairness, I think I was put off by the early chapters, which are largely based on Tim Ferriss' "4 Hour Work Week" book, which I personally strongly dislike. It seems like the 4-hour philosophy is to design your life around minimizing the time spent on work, through negotiating flexible hours, outsourcing, etc. I personally would rather find joy in work--if not joy, then at least the opportunity to practice mindfulness in performing the most mundane tasks (not that I want to spend all my time on work). The last two thirds of the book is more actionable, with tactics designed get over tendencies for procrastination, etc. None of the methods are particularly profound and they may even seem like common sense. Nonetheless, it's good to be reminded of good tactics. For example, the Pomodoro technique involves setting designated breaks after short periods of focused work, e.g. 5min break after 25min work. Another technique involves figuring out the one thing that, once accomplished, would make everything else fall into place. Although simplistic, this is a great way to order a task list that would otherwise seem overwhelming.
I am not fond of this narrator and find that I have to listen at 1.5x to avoid being distracted by his intonations. There are no weird pronunciations in this audiobook, like I have heard in his other works.
This audiobook is not expensive so it's better to buy it outright, rather than use a valuable credit for the purchase. I received this book as a promotion in exchange for an honest, unbiased review, but I have purchased several of Meadows' other works.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I also have the kindle version and read most of the book, rather than listening to it. I think both are valuable, but if I had to pick just one version, I'd go with the kindle version as I made several highlights in the book and those are always easier to review in the kindle app than re-listening to in the audible app. The book is kind of like a cliffs/spark note version of the subject. Martin reads a lot on the subject matter and then produces a quick to read, heavily footnoted book on the subject (He's written a lot of books and all of the ones that I've read follow this same format). I like it as it introduces me to a lot of different texts on the given topic, and also links to them, so I can read more on any that I find interesting. He offers a lot of good advice and the book stands up well by itself without reading any of the additional texts he highlights. I do feel that the book is most applicable to those looking to start their own business or freelance. He does offer advice of those who have regular jobs, but does tell you right up front that as long as you work for someone else, your time will be more limited than if you worked for yourself. That being said, there are still valuable tips for those who work traditional jobs. If you're trying to decide between the audio book and the kindle book, I'd recommend the kindle version, but he does offer a deal where you can get the audible version for a reduced price ($2 if I recall correctly) once you've purchased the kindle book, so the cost to acquire both is pretty minimal.
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