Summary of The Time Bandit Solution

Recovering Stolen Time You Never Knew You Had

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The Time Bandit Solution book summary
Your employees lose 40% to 60% of their time to interruptions. The worst interrupters are your employees themselves.


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Although author Edward G. Brown grew up in humble circumstances in the East Bronx, he developed a successful career managing Hollywood celebrities – including Hawaiian singer Don Ho – owning restaurants and nightclubs, producing chart-breaking music, and partnering with Roy Rogers, the “King of the Cowboys.” Brown, co-founder of the Cohen Brown Management Group, taught himself how to manage his diverse, often stressful professional activities. He bases his time-management program on his business and life experiences and on the academic fields of management theory, psychology and sociology. While he sometimes bogs down in time-consuming detail, getAbstract recommends Brown’s effective time-management program, and his sensible ideas about avoiding interruptions and managing your work schedule. His top-quality presentation makes this vividly illustrated (even glitzy) book an ideal choice for anyone who wants to work more efficiently.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How serious the US work-interruption problem has become,
  • How to identify “time bandits” and their behaviors,
  • How to avoid interruptions, and
  • How to use “Time Locking” and “Focal Locking” to improve your productivity.


Time Thieves
Some bandits don’t take money or jewelry; they steal your time. These “time bandits” interrupt your work progress and pilfer chunks of your day. Time bandits include your clients, colleagues, supervisors, friends and family members. But, if you’re like most people, you are...
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About the Author

Edward G. Brown is co-founder of Cohen Brown Management Group, whose clients include Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Citibank, Prudential Life and Merrill Lynch.

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    Jessica GRoot 5 months ago
    I enjoyed this article, curiously wondering if I am the offending bandit. I'll definitely be discussing time locking (as opposed to traditional blocking) with my team @getabstract #30DaysOfSummaries
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    Jie Wang 5 months ago
    #30DaysOfSummaries The Philosophy and Principles sounds nice, and the best way to solve problem is to take actions immediately.
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    Ashish Agarwal 5 months ago
    I still think Sun Tzu gets it best that all plans fail at the first point of contact.

    I fee that the tricky part in this approach again is the 'Who'.

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