Book Review-Time Mastery

5th Jul 2017

Time Mastery

Banish Time management Forever By John McLachlan and Karen Meager

I have just finished reading a book on how to master your time better. Many of my clients are working with how use their time more effectively, this is often because they are doing a more strategic role and need to step away from the detail.  With all of the pressure that we are under to deliver more with less and with the increasing demands of 24-hour connectivity, it can seem that we are constantly trying to juggle all of our priorities, and not do any of them well. This little book will give you some inspiration and tips to help you achieve your potential by mastering time and creating rhythm in your life.

The book is split into 3 parts

  1. Banish Time Management Forever
  2. The Four Keys to Time Mastery
  3. A New Relationship with Time

In the first part, one of the sections deals with time myths, we all have our own beliefs about time and how we use it or lose it, for example “time seems to go faster as we get older”. In the book, the authors talk about the Four Common Time Myths.

  1. Multi-tasking is a good thing
  2. Being busy is a good thing
  3. The amount of time you spend thinking about something defines how important it i
  4. Time management tools work for everyone

I will not go into these in depth here, you will have to read the book to find out more, but if we think about the last one, what I particularly like is that they do not suggest that there is one way to manage our time more effectively.  They suggest that because we all think differently and have different priorities, what works for one person will not necessarily work for another. 

One of the sections in part B helps you identify the way you think and deal with time and then has suggestions for how to be more effective bearing this in mind. 

For example, I am a ‘Big Time Chunker’; this means I am a long-term thinker and tend to think about key goals and milestones, rather than a ‘Small Time Chunker’ who considers time in terms of days, hours and even minutes. They will measure their efficiency in terms of how much they can achieve in a certain amount of time. However, lots of activity is only productive when its working towards a purpose or goal. ‘Big Time Chunkers’ can tend to put things off and never start them, because it will always wait until another day, as well not being very good at the detail!

I am also a ‘Themer’ so it makes sense for me to put types of activity together to make me more productive. So today I have invested my time solely on Marketing activities and it has really worked for me. I have a had a call with my Marketing buddy to brainstorm ideas for our businesses, I have written this article, planned what marketing activity I need for my new website, started to create a product ladder for the website and also talked to someone about a networking group that I am thinking about joining. By staying on one theme all day, the ideas have sparked off each other and allowed me to generate more activity then trying to do lots of smaller different types of task, like invoicing or banking. This feels much more organic and less process driven which really suits my personality type. And this may not work for you, if you are a Small Time Chunker, having a list of things to do and ticking them off as you do them would be effective for you.

This is a great book as it is very easy to read, it took me about 3 hours, and has suggestions and activities to do at the end of each chapter. It also advocates just making small changes to the way you deal with time and see how this works for you, create healthy habits around time and then build on some more. The latest neuroscience confirms that this is the best way to create change, small steps embedded and then built upon.


I will be giving this book to all of my current clients to help them have a better relationship with time and manage their effectiveness.


If you think you could be more productive and effective, then I highly recommend this book as food for thought.



The book is available from Amazon


£12.99 for the paperback and it is also available as a kindle download








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