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The 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management

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The 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management

Proven Strategies for Increased Productivity and Inner Peace

Warner Books,

15 min read
10 take-aways
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What's inside?

Managing your time is more than scheduling and prioritizing. It is managing your life to align your beliefs with how you spend your days.

Editorial Rating



  • Applicable
  • Engaging


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.


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 by controlling your time."

You can fall into two common traps concerning time. The first trap is thinking that you will have more time to complete a task at some unidentified point in the future. The other is the idea that you can somehow save time. In reality, you already have all the time there is. Each day has 86,400 seconds and not one can be set aside for the future. When you say, "I don’t have time" to do something you are really saying that, "I am more interested in doing something else." You have allowed insignificant events like watching TV or doing a crossword puzzle to take away from significant events like spending time with your family.

Time is money. If someone could access your bank account and steal all your money, you would be pretty angry. Why should you feel any differently about factors that steal your time? There are two kinds of "time robbers:" self-inflicted (procrastination...

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).

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