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Get Things Done: What Stops Smart People Achieving More and How You Can Change by Robert Kelsey

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Managing Time

‘Time is the only resource that must be spent the instant it is received’, writes Alec Mackenzie in The Time Trap, the 1972 book that still outsells all others on the subject, ‘and it must be spent at one fixed rate: sixty seconds per minute, sixty minutes per hour.’

Mackenzie's brilliance was in writing a treatise to time: a eulogy to the ticking clock. He taught us to value time – as in the quote above – and to respect it, as in the quote below.

‘We cannot manage time,’ he says. ‘We can only manage ourselves in relation to time. We cannot control how much time we have; we can only control how we use it.’

Of course, he's tough on time wasting. But he accepts that time management contradicts the laws of human nature, so he's ...

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