Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Power of a Half Hour by Tommy Barnett

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Multnomah's Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Thirty minutes. It may not seem like a long time and that is a good thing; if used properly. Tommy Barnett knows that 30 minutes can be the difference between getting something done and not doing it at all. In his book The Power of a Half Hour, Barnett encourages people to block tasks into 30 minutes segments.

Whether it is a meeting, project, reading, praying, or even remaining quiet, Barnett has found that 30 minutes is an ideal time maintain focus and not mentally wander. Thirty minutes, when properly utilized, can be the difference between breakthroughs and mental block.

Barnett gives examples of how taking just 30 minutes can be the difference between running your life instead of it running you. Take for example a life mission. If a person's mission is to be the best grade school teacher that she/he can be, taking a daily, thirty minute reflection can align proper perspective on what the person is trying to achieve. This then can be used to make sure that things that matter are addressed and things that do not matter are negated.

This is the goal of Barnett's book: to get people back enjoying their lives. I found this so applicable to my life that I have already started to see tasks as thirty minute blocks so that I can finish and accomplish what I set out to do. A great book to remind us that we control our time and life can be enjoyed when properly scheduled.

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