Despite the acknowledgement that most of his readers will not do anything with the advice he’s written down in A Modestly Simple Guide to Time Management, Michael R. Clarke has collected many insights to really benefit from. Where the pitfall of many time management approaches is to get things done in order to get more things done, focusing on efficiency only, Clarke wants to free up the time to do things you really enjoy, like friends & family, and leisure.
By tracking how you really spend your time, spend time on the three things you want to accomplish every day, and to work in a time-boxed, focused flow using the Pomodoro technique, are three first hacks offered? Expanding the Getting Things Done approach made popular by David Allen, Clarke uses five categories or ‘projects’ to work on, supported by a plan, pictures, and a vision of what you want to achieve in the mid or long term. By drilling down dreams to doable chunks, monthly, weekly and daily planning for maximum awesomeness is possible.
Clarke’s primary audience are busy entrepreneurs. No wonder delegation and automation of whatever is not their core competence are useful next steps. From hiring Virtual Assistants through Upwork, Fiverr or Craigslist to online tools like IFTTT, Evernote, and Google Voice. Chris Drucker‘s Virtual Freedom inspired Clarke. The next part, still lots of fun intertwined in the serious pieces of advice, is devoted to distraction-free work, mastering email, and minimizing everything that’s impeding you. In case you’re still not convinced, the author summarizes everything in concise action steps and delivers proof from his personal life. A practical and down-to-earth guide to time management techniques.
About the author
Michael Clarke has been the art and design correspondent for London’s “Times Educational Supplement” for more than thirty years. He contributes almost-weekly articles on major exhibitions and current developments in the visual arts. He has also contributed to many other journals, including “Contemporary Visual Art” and “Fashion + Theory.” He lives in London.
The author offered me a free review copy in exchange for my personal, unbiased review.