Summary of The 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management

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This book by Hyrum W. Smith would be equally at home in the business or self-help section of a bookstore. Its message is as applicable to a CEO of a large company as it is to a recent high school graduate. Smith liberally peppers the book with anecdotes. These amusing stories provide interesting breaks from the instructional tone he uses in describing the 10 natural laws for managing your time and your life. They also help put his abstract concepts – like the Franklin Reality Model and Personal Productivity Pyramid – into an easier-to-understand context. The stories illustrate the concepts of the book in terms everyone can understand. getAbstract recommends this useful book to executives who want to learn more about managing their time effectively.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why identifying your core values is necessary for achieving success and properly managing your time
  • Why recognizing self-defeating behavior is the first step toward correcting it
  • How the natural laws of sharing will affect your level of prosperity.

About the Author

Hyrum W. Smith is chairman and CEO of the Franklin Covey Company. He is the creator of the Franklin Day Planner. He wrote Managing Personal Change (1998), and co-authored Gaining Control: Your Key to Freedom & Success (1987) and The Advanced Day Planner User’s Guide (1987).



The Natural Laws
The ten natural laws that lead to successful time and life management can be divided into two categories. The first five laws help you manage your time better. The other five laws give you more control over your life.

Law 1: "You control your life...

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