How I learned to manage my time more efficiently (Book Review: Enjoy Time by Catherine Blyth)


I’ll be the first to admit that my time management recently has been, let’s say, rather catastrophic. To be fair, I can’t even pinpoint what happened exactly, but for some reason or other, I found myself in such a rut of chasing time literally every day. I’d get to the evening wondering where the day had gone. When I was approached asking whether I would like to review the newest instalment, Enjoy Time,  from the Build + Become series by Quarto, I immediately jumped at the chance. 

About Enjoy Time

We are living longer than ever and, thanks to technology, we are able to accomplish so much more. So why do we feel time poor? In 20 eye-opening lessons, Catherine Blyth combines cutting-edge science and psychology to show why time runs away from you, then provides the tools to get it back. 

Learn why the clock speeds up just when you wish it would go slow, how your tempo can be manipulated and why we all misuse and miscalculate time. But you can beat the time thieves. Reset your body clock, refurbish your routine, harness momentum and slow down. Not only will time be more enjoyable, but you really will get more done. 

My thoughts on Enjoy Time

This book has made such a huge impact on me. Not only have I learned a lot about myself and how I managed my time, but it taught me a few important lessons along the way. The most valuable aspect I took away from this read is to sit back, re-evaluate and approach matters with a better strategy. I found Enjoy Time so helpful and interesting. Already the second headline: “Stop Rushing. Get More Done” completely resonated with me. How often have I found myself rushing around like a headless chicken, getting hardly anything done in the end (apart from adding a few stress-related grey hairs!)

Enjoy Time is divided into 5 parts covering 20 lessons in total. Each lesson explores a specific concept of time (i.e. procrastination – of which I am certainly a queen of!) and offers ways of how you can apply the things you’ve learned in your daily life. Toolkits at the end of each lesson, summarise what you have learned so far and a section on further reading concludes each lesson. 

I especially loved the motivational quotes ahead of each section. The amount of research and studies that went into writing this book, must have been immense. The end result is definitely worth it!

Time is not money. Time is your life. 

After initially reading this book from cover to cover, I have already picked it up several times since referring back to certain sections. One big change I have made to my time management is to plan a lot more wisely. As I mentioned above, procrastinating is my biggest downfall (I could easily mindlessly scroll through Instagram for hours on end and then wonder where time has gone). Each evening I am now writing a to-do-list for the following day with achievable tasks. And instead of leaving things to later on in the day, I try and work through most of it during the morning. This obviously still takes the same amount of time, but I feel so much better for having already ticked off most of my tasks before lunchtime. I seem to have so much more time in the afternoons this way and most important of all, I feel a lot less stressed. 

Enjoy Time is part of the Build + Become series. You can find out more information here

Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with Build + Become. All opinions and words are entirely my own. 

2 Comments

  1. October 11, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    This sounds absolutely brilliant Heidi! And exactly the kind of thing I could do with.

    I have been freelance for over a decade now and I am a really good self-starter, and used to be very productive. But since I’ve been blogging and I have two jobs, in effect, my time management has been pretty poor. Adding to that I am also a mum now and looking after the twins AND two jobs is really tricky!! This sounds just what I need xx

    • Heidi
      Author
      October 12, 2018 / 1:00 pm

      I hear you Caro! I am performing a similar juggling act as you (part-time freelance job, blog and children). I hope that if you do pick up this book it helps you as much as it did me 😁.

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