This book is not for everyone. I originally picked this book up because I thought it might actually have some useful advice for the common person, but it doesn’t. It puts you into a cookie cutter mold, and if you don’t fit the shape, this book doesn’t help you. This book gives you the impression that it doesn’t even want to help you, because, quite frankly, you do not meet their qualifications.
What exactly do I mean? This book works under the premise that you have a 9-5, Monday – Friday job. It assumes you have a family, and if you have children, it assumes you have a spouse. All of the advice is geared towards people who fall into this category. At one point, the book even suggests that if household chores are simply bogging you down too much, hire a maid. Hire a nanny to help you with the kids so that you have more time for you. Who has that kind of money?
The people who really need help in making the most of their time are the ones who are actually struggling. The ones who are not covered by the topics presented in this book. Where is the advice for the single mother working two jobs while trying to raise her kids because there is no child support? Where’s the advice for the single person trying to pay off student loans? Forget about having a family to help with their problems; that person doesn’t have time to be focusing on finding a spouse to make a family with.
Let me put it to you this way; if you have a steady job, with steady hours, and enough money to pay a mortgage and hire a maid yet you still have the audacity to complain about how terrible your life is because you have people coming over for a dinner party and, oh my god, you absolutely don’t know what to do with that pile of unpaid bills sitting out on the counter, I don’t want to hear from you. The only person who wants to hear from you is the author of this book, so she can take your money while telling you simple common sense things that you want to hear. There are people with real problems out there, people who could actually benefit from finding more time for themselves so they can get out of whatever situation they’re in. Why don’t we try helping them for a change?
Oh, and while I have your attention: finding good chunks of time is like finding a good sex life. Little ones are all you’re going to get, so you might as well make the most of them.