Finding the Best Time Management Book

This article will compare time and productivity management books, namely, Getting Things Done vs Eat That Frog and the result is the best time management book.

Finding the Best Time Management Book

Time management is about how to implement and control various activities effectively. Ineffective time management will usually lead to a 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?

Time Management Book Ranking

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

First, we find some time and productivity management books on the best-selling section of, review them one by one and select 2 books 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 time and productivity management books should practice what they teach. Making a lengthy book 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 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 time and productivity management books 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 time and productivity management books using these criteria.

Best Time Management Book is as below:

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

Do you like this time management book?

- Claessens, B. J., Van Eerde, W., Rutte, C. G., & Roe, R. A. (2007). A review of the time management literature. Personnel review, 36(2), 255-276.

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Last review and update: August 30, 2021
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