Time Well Spent, by Mike Burns

“We can’t manage time. . . . [T]ime management is really about managing ourselves and our calendars and lists.

– Mike Burns

I just finished reading Time Well Spent: Gain Control of Your Schedule and Live the Life You Want to Live, by Mike Burns, blogger at The Other Side of Complexity.

I regularly read Burns’ blog, so I expected the book to offer practical advice with a touch of humor. I wasn’t disappointed.

As regular readers of my blog know, I love reading about people who’ve simplified their lives dramatically, perhaps down to a suitcase or tiny house worth of stuff. But as much as I admire those people, that doesn’t work for me.

And, I suspect, it doesn’t work for many people who have kids, pets and jobs we can’t do at home in our PJs.

Burns has 6 kids, so his advice will work for nearly anybody. And, perhaps because of the complexity of his own life, he never sounds smug. Instead, he empathizes with the real-life challenges most of us face.

“You don’t have to be content with wandering through the rest of your life. You can gain control.”

– Mike Burns

Burns points out that we may not be optimally using our time for a variety of reasons. Maybe we’re doing too many things. Maybe we’re just doing the wrong things.

Or maybe, just maybe, we’re not doing enough. Probably most of us have been guilty of all three at some point in our lives.

“Everyone leaves something undone. The key is to be intentional about which things we leave undone.”

– Mike Burns

You may already know why you’re having trouble, but aren’t sure what to do about it.

Burns gives exercises designed to help us figure out what our priorities are in terms of values, relationships and goals. Next, he helps us decide what we’ll need to change so our lives more closely match our priorities.

Whether you feel your life is way too busy or you’re not accomplishing enough (or both), read this book – and actually take the time to do the exercises in it – to see how much better your life can be.

Time Well Spent and Buying Stuff

Sorry, y’all. Since I advocate buying less, I mostly mention books you can get at the library. I’m not sure how the Kindle/Nook library check-out thing works since I’ve never done it, but at least this is an e-book and won’t add to your physical clutter if you buy it.

I’d appreciate hearing from you in the comment section below if you’ve read this book or if you know about using the library to read books on your electronic devices.

I'd love for you to share your ideas and experiences.