What is the Best Time Management Book?

In this article, we will compare 2 best books on time management, namely, Getting Things Done vs Eat That Frog. The result is the best time management book.

Time Management Basics
Time management is about how to implement and control various activities effectively. Ineffective time management will usually lead to the loss of productivity and valuable business opportunities. For example, poor time management in the product development process will cost you millions of dollars for a product launch delay. In the construction industry, poor time management results in a spike in labor cost and contract penalties.

Basic time management tasks are to identify related activities, prioritize and measure the results of them. However, some popular time management techniques can be found as below,

- Task List: make a list of tasks together with the due date and time

- ABC Analysis: prioritize tasks based on 3 levels of importance

- Pareto Analysis: identify some tasks that make a big impact

- 4 by 4 Matrix: prioritize tasks based on 2 criteria such as urgency and importance

- POSEC Method: stands for "Prioritize by Organizing, Streamlining, Economizing and Contributing"

There are some other techniques, but how we can know which one really works?

Data Collection
We believe every management technique must be tested for practicality and time management technique is no exception. In order to provide the best time management book recommendations, we conduct a small survey.

First, we find some of the best time management books on the best-selling section of Amazon.com, review them one by one and select 2 best time management book to compare as below,

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy

After that, we carefully review them and make the comparison based on 6 criteria as below,

Content Length: we believe the authors of the books should practice what they teach. Making a lengthy book about time management doesn't make sense because their readers want to save time really bad.

Clear Roadmap: some book authors enjoy explaining their thoughts on and on but we believe the best book about time management should have a clear roadmap.

Easy to Follow: a clear roadmap may not be enough, but the examples must easy to follow too.

Self Discipline: in the ideal world, people should have self-discipline so they can manage time effectively. However, most of us don't have that. So the author of the book about time management should understand that fact and come up with things that help people get organized no matter what.

Technology: we believe technology can be both good and bad things. But, we expect the book authors to show readers how to utilize technology.

Exercise: we expect end-of-chapter exercises so that people can apply the concepts right away.

We carefully evaluate both books using these criteria.

And the Best Time Management Book Goes to:

Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy

Have you ever used this book? Do you have other best time management books you would like to share?

About the Editor

Ben Benjabutr is the editor of SupplyChainOpz. He holds an M.Sc. in Logistics Management with 10+ years of experience in various functions in supply chain magement. In his free time, he enjoys reading business and management books. You can learn more about him here or connect with him via TwitterQuora and Google+ or drop him a line via e-mail.