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Author Alec MacKenzie has updated the mother of all time-management books, which first hit the shelves in 1972. Despite the fact that time management has become a multi-million-dollar industry since this title was originally published, The Time Trap still stands as one of the most effective guides to getting it together. Why? Because MacKenzie tells you flat out what the problem is: You. He doesn’t offer sympathy, create excuses or complain about how modern technology has put us on a treadmill. Instead he tells you, in plain English, how to record how you spend your time, how to identify time-wasting activities, and how to change your behavior to make yourself more productive and efficient. Nowhere will you find a self-help book with more practical techniques or less BS. Small-business owners and time-pressed executives are the perfect audience for this book, but getAbstract recommends it to any stressed-out professional or student.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to gain control of your time;
  • What the four keys of time management are; and
  • How to recognize the 20 biggest time wasters and cure them.

About the Author

Alec MacKenzie  is an internationally known writer and speaker on time management. He has conducted hundreds of seminars in 40 countries. He is the author of numerous cassette programs and books, including the previous two editions of The Time Trap



Wasting Time: It’s Human Nature
A growing time management industry has developed since The Time Trap was first published in 1972. This industry, which helps people who have trouble getting organized, includes books, workshops, seminars, pocket diaries, calendars and organizer ...

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    Martin de Urgoiti 1 year ago
    Cool approach that is practical in everyday life.
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    Julie Smith 5 years ago
    the 20 time wasters is a good list and I can see apractical application to sue with your team to explore which ones are most prevalent in our area and then decide how we are going to tackle them

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