5 Reasons to Read of The Management of Time

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Before he wrote BEYOND MOTIVATION in 1976 James T. McCay wrote THE MANAGEMENT OF TIME in 1959. It was a best-seller for McCay and Prentice-Hall, selling more than 250,000 copies. This was more than 50 years ago.

The Management of Time by James T. McCay with Richard E. Ward

Prentice-Hall republished THE MANAGEMENT OF TIME in 1995 with a new Introduction and Appreciation co-authored by me.

You can take a looksee at the book by reading The Management of Time: an overview.

I hope that you enjoy these brief reviews.

Richard E. Ward

If you can find this book buy it

July 7, 2013

This book was written in 1959 and is still appropriate today. This is not an organizational system it’s about how you manage you whole life.

wisdom never gets old

May 5, 2013

I remember reading this shortly after it was published. it had a powerful impact then but in retrospect, “visionary” would not be overstating it’s value.

Amazing clariety

August 8, 2004

James T. McCay writes an interesting book. He is pragmatic without being oversold on his own knowledge. He is simple, straightforward, and takes a direct approach on all issues of personal management.

His style and prose remind one of the phenomenological rigor that comes from continental philosophy, which makes Mr. McCay all the more interesting. His book is fascinating on those latter grounds, and given over to none of the pretenses of the discipline.

Ahead of its time

March 8, 2006

Written in 1959 originally, the concepts and ideas are still very relevant.

Gives you insights and perspectives into workplace that has grown in productivity tools but not as much in human skills to make most efficient use of the time.

A blast from the past

July 28, 2015
Format: Paperback

This isn’t a narrow book about how to schedule your day; it’s about how to be a good, happy, successful person.

Of course, every decision you make about how to spend your time has some effect on whether you will do something useful, useless, or harmful. Each decision has an effect on the forming or breaking of habits, and eventually on your character.

It is interesting how a book written in 1959 has about the same advice as current self-help books have, just in different terms. Nowadays the trendy concept is “mindfulness,” especially as taught by Zen Buddhism, although it’s not just a Buddhist concept. It’s trendy because it’s effective. McCay presents the same concept, only he calls it “alertness.”

(I found out after writing the first draft of this review that McCay studied Zen Buddhism in Japan. No wonder his emphasis on alertness sounded so familiar.)

One of my favorite pieces of advice:

Conserve your energy by cutting down on criticism and defensiveness.

Yes, parts of the book are dated. His use of pronouns assumes that all executives are men. He warns how important it is to keep up with new developments in technology from an age when the latest computers contained vast banks of vacuum tubes and took input from punch cards.

However, skills in communication and interpersonal relations have not changed. I am trained in dialectical behavior therapy. The book contains many DBT concepts under different names.


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