Fifteen Top Tips on Time Management


If Kevin Kruse was a rock star, I’d already consider myself one of his groupies. But his latest book, “15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management: The Productivity Habits of 7 Billionaires, 13 Olympic Athletes, 29 Straight-A Students, and 239 Entrepreneurs,” makes me an even bigger fan. As Kruse points out, time is a commodity we cannot recreate. And, unfortunately, it is a commodity people and institutions want, and think little of taking from us for their own purposes.

I have already employed Kruse’s “1440” theory in my daily life, and had the good fortune of sharing it with others in a recent presentation. You will have to read the book to understand. This is one of the many reasons I enjoy his ideas – easy to understand and implement. And a section of his e-mail management chapter hit close to home:

“Too often we forward or cc someone in the spirit of keeping them – in the loop, but in reality we are contributing to the information overload problem. Remember, every email you send and every cc you include means you are likely going to get a reply back into your own email box. If you send less email, you’ll also receive less email.”

I appreciate Kruse’s way of offering readers choices of time management tools and the way he breaks out how tools might benefit particular readers. Each chapter ends with tips of how each of the following groups can benefit from the advice – Entrepreneur, Executive, Freelancer, Student, and Stay-at-Home-Parent. This is not just a book for Fortune 500 executives, but anyone who wants to succeed.

Highly recommended – you won’t be sorry you took the time to read this book.