Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cut to the Chase: and 99 Other Rules to Liberate Yourself and Gain Back the Gift of Time - by Stuart R. Levine

I tend to read a fair number of self-improvment, time management, and/or personal organization books. This book represents one of my recent forays into this subject. From my experience, many of these guides expand common sense principles into strategies that work for the author. I personally believe, however, that not every one of these strategies "connects" or "strikes a chord" with every reader. For this reason the quality of advice within some of these "how-tos" is very subjective. Also, across the genre, suggestions may range from very high-level guidance to extremely specific techniques. One approach is not necessarily better than the others, but it makes comparisons sometimes difficult.

Given this experience, expectations, and outlook, I found Cut to the Chase to be somewhat middle of the road. In my opinion, the guidance was solid, practical, easy to understand, and potentially useful. On the other hand, many of the points seemed little more than fairly obvious and common sense principles. This fact may not lessen their importance, however.

In summary, if you are looking for a quick read that provides a solid treatment of fundamental time management concepts, then, this is a book that might be worth a look.