Monday, September 14, 2009

Review: Happy About An Extra Hour Every Day

I don't know about you, but I'm constantly running out of time. Admittedly, it's a matter of priorities, and I've heard over and over that "no time" is never an excuse for not getting things done.

But there is so much that I WANT to do in life. Yes, I procrastinate on some of those not so attractive options in order to do what I want to do. And then I run out of time.

So of course, I was intrigued by this book title: Happy About an Extra Hour Every Day by Nicolas Soergel. I WANT that extra hour!

The Author

Nicolas Soergel, is the author of Happy About An Extra Hour Every Day. As the CEO of a multi-national corporation, had the opportunity to interview successful executives all over the world about how they manage their time. His book help readers save time negotiating various aspects of their lives, including working, traveling, and housekeeping.

An Overview

This book is a fairly short read (105 pages), perfect for the person who desperately needs an extra hour a day! After reviewing the basic principles of time management, the author provides practical tips for saving time in three areas: at home, at work, and on the go.

My Review

This book reads like a bullet-point or numbered list of ideas. It isn't long enough to go through a lot of examples and illustrations - it is very much practical and to the point. And I do love lists, so I enjoyed the format.

A lot of the tips are common sense. There are some good reminders along the lines of writing stuff down, planning your time, getting up early, and overcoming procrastination.

There are also links to some great tools, including online checklists and digital post-its.

And then there are tips I hadn't thought of, like leaving a paper clip on your passport - since with international travel you're often having to fill out forms to present with the passport, and this cuts down on search time to find those forms when needed. Very practical and something I wish I had done with all the border crossings we did while in Mozambique.

Or activating the single click option (Windows) on my computer - why waste time on all those unnecessary double-clicks?

Or using both hands while cleaning; e.g. spraying the windows with one hand while wiping with the other.

As dry as the content is, there were things that made me laugh with the realization that a man is writing this. Such as this comment: "The time required for housework has reduced significantly with all the technological aids available and it may one day completely be done by a house robot."

Or this tip for women: "Use a decent color for your nails. Scratches will not be that visible and it allows extending the period until a renewal is due." I'm still trying to determine what a "decent" color is.

For more information on this book, check out the Happy About site. You can buy the book on Amazon.

And I highly recommend checking out the An Extra Hour Every Day blog for lots of great time-saving tips.

Thanks to Promo 101 Virtual Blog Tours for the review copy of this book.


Anonymous said...

Good, because when I saw decent color I thought I was the only one who would not know~like magic~what that meant. I don't have an internal decent color guide.

I feel like I always get an extra hour or 2 in my day because I don't need much sleep. ~Mary