How to Have More Time

Practical Ways to Put an End to Constant Busyness and Design a Time-Rich Lifestyle
Narrated by: John Gagnepain
Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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:

  • The biggest time suck in your life and ways you can better deal with it. Trends show more and more people are starting to get how big of a time suck this one thing is; you're about to find out the what, why, and how.
  • How working harder is actually counterproductive and ends up taking more time - and you can learn what to do instead.
  • How to maximize your time to do everything you need to and still have time for yourself. Yes, it is possible to have your cake and eat it, too.
  • How a materialistic lifestyle robs you of precious time and why it's a surefire way to attract unhappiness in your life.
  • The silent robbers that do nothing but steal time from you.

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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A lot of small tips and subjects to make urself more efficient and build more personal time. High Recommended Book.

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Take charge of your time

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.

Isaac

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  • RY
  • 05-24-16

Good summary of popular time management concepts

Is there anything you would change about this book?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

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?)

Was How to Have More Time worth the listening time?

It was worth the listening time but I did listen at 1.5x.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Great book on time management. Highly recommend.

We always complain about not having enough time to do, well, anything. "How to have more time" gives easy to follow and implement ways to manage one's time. I will definitely re-listen to the audio, and purchase a kindle version.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Helpful!

I did not realize how much interruptions were affecting me until I read this book. Each one steals 15 minutes in recovery time. Other people in my home interrupt me continually.
I now get up at 6 am to do the work that requires concentration. I get enough sleep because I no longer collapse into a chair after dinner. I just go to bed earlier. These are simple but profound changes. This book has helped me tremendously. I got a free copy of this book in an exchange for a review. Thank you!

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Martin Meadows is my GO-TO

Martin Meadows is without question my go-to for self help. You know how you read most self-help books and you get a small handful of insights and ideas that you could have condensed into a few pages? Every sentence in Martin Meadows’ books is GOLD. I really appreciate that he respects MY time by keeping his books concise, only including content that is truly valuable. I feel so inspired and motivated by his words that I find myself re-listening to his audios over and over again. While I can easily recommend all of his books, “How to Have More Time” happens to be the one I personally keep returning to. But they are all excellent and, most importantly, totally actionable.

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Another hit book by this awesome example of getting it together

Once again Martin Meadows smashes the ball out of the park... with crisp sound advice in this endlessly difficult domain of life and work.

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  • AC
  • 05-11-19

How to have more (than just more) time

I'll start off by saying that this information is more than just "how to have more time." If everyone listened to and followed the principles, not only would they have more time, their lives and the world would be a much better place! While giving me tips to manage my time so my hours are more productive and I have more of them available to do things that I want to, Mr. Meadows shares a plethora of suggestions to improve knowledge, skills, health, confidence, self-esteem, finances, relationships, and more. He manages to do this in just a couple hours, leaving fluff and self-promotion to writers who think a book must be 8+ hours to be worthwhile. You might say the first step in helping his readers have more time is writing excellent books that don't take an entire day to listen to. I was given this book in order to listen and provide a review, but as I have done with all the Martin Meadows books I've reviewed, I enjoy it so much that I buy another copy in a different format. There are few other resources where for the price of a Big Mac you can get the tools to change your life!

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Brilliant compilation of ways to have more time!

What a wonderful collection of ways to have more time. What I like about the methods he suggests is that they are focused about the well-being of the individual, unlike other lecturers who only care about results but with disregard for the individual's health.

Although I am a night-owl myself I agree with most of what he have to say, especially about intermittent fasting (it just works). I would definitely listen to this audio again to remind myself of these best practices. In the meantime I would like to apply one or more of his suggestions in my daily routines.

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I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

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Worth the Listen!!

This is Worth the Read! Great Ideas! Get this book!! It will change your Life!!!

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  • Hayley
  • 06-08-17

small insight into the bigger picture

The concept of Time is a big one even though we all have the same 24hrs in our day but some people can manage their time to achieve more. For those who know me, know i always achieve lots in my days because i choose to fill it with things that are going to make my being on this planet all worth it in the end. I can say i did it.
However, from time to time even i come off the rails so i dowmloaded this book to get me back on track and although the book mostly served as a revision piece for me, it may not be enough information for someone starting out who may need more in depth "How to" instead of just "Why". However it is definitely a great first step and has many tips to get the brain viewing the concept of time differently and a great snapshot delivered with passion of the subject matter if you don't have the time to listen to anything longer ;-)

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