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Take Back Your Time: A Book Review

I’ll say it again…I thought I’d never read another book about time management. Life had other plans.

I’m in a new season of life, and I have more free time than ever. It’s a wonderful position to be in until I realized I waste a lot of it. I thought I’d wrangled my time wasting tendencies until I set a personal deadline recently for a writing project. I needed help and Take Back Your Time by Morgan Tyree delivered.

I dove into the book with resistance at first, but quickly warmed up to the idea of learning how to manage my time. Morgan shared her personal journey in a relatable way and her wit and openness made it easy to read.

Before she helped me find out my green, yellow, and red time zones, she led me through a series of exercises to track my hours and minutes.

It is easy to think you are spending more or less time on certain tasks than you really are. When you track where your time goes, you will have the facts; when you have the facts, you can adjust accordingly.

Morgan Tyree

The author gave me practical and insightful ways to match my zones with my goals, personalities, and seasons of life. She reminded me to be patient as I learn what works and what doesn’t.

Morgan is passionate about our lives being full, not busy. I share her passion and was thankful for her perspective.

No more frantic, only full.

Self-care, multi-tasking, and calendars are covered in the book, and she made me pause and think about the gift and responsibility of the 24 hours we have each day. We learn to manage our time well, not only for ourselves, but to serve others as well.

“Goals should be self-serving and others-serving.  This is where the true blessing of achieving your goals will be realized.”

I enjoyed the thoughtful quotes and relevant Bible verses interspersed within the text, and I appreciate the fun, concise, and direct way she encouraged me to take back my time!

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2 Comments

  1. Michelle on November 2, 2019 at 8:15 am

    I too have read way to many books about ‘how to ______’ but often finish and feel like it’s too much and just doesn’t work for my life.
    I have also entered into a new season of life and am trying to find balance on many things, but especially time. Looks like i need to read this one!! I’m interested to see what she says about the seasons of life and how to manage it.
    I loved your review!!

    • marieg on November 2, 2019 at 8:55 am

      Thank you Michelle! Finding the balance is a worthwhile endeavor. The hard part is fighting the urge to compare my balance with others’. Each of us are unique and so will be the way God asks us to use our time and gifts. I appreciate that the author acknowledges that and spends time helping her readers find their own balance.

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