C Now - Time Bandit
One of the many resources I use as a nonprofit writer/consultant/blogger is NetGalley, a site that features new books from publishers for review purposes. Every once in awhile, I’ll check out a random book – mostly for my own reading, but often to find something that can benefit nonprofit workers.

Edward G. Brown’s The Time Bandit Solution: Recovering Stolen Time You Never Knew You Had is such a book. Available in both hardcover and Kindle formats, The Time Bandit Solution is an easy-to-understand guide  that provides direction and insight into how to better manage – and block – time.

Much like David Allen’s Getting Things Done, Brown’s book is a plain-English, very thoughtful guide to understanding how to be more productive. Unlike Getting Things Done (which focuses on work process and work flow), The Time Bandit Solution provides insight into blocking off time, establishing appropriate boundaries (or in Brown’s framework, avoiding interruptions) and establishing proper perspectives. For Brown, having “quiet time” (in which people reflect on projects and allow themselves the opportunity to gain perspective) is just as important as Time Blocking (which allows them to accomplish a great deal).

For many in the nonprofit arena (including myself), this is a very critical time of year. Assertive fundraising efforts, end-of-year paperwork, and higher client demand often results in greater demands on time and effort. Thankfully, Edward G. Brown provides some real-life examples from his own career and experience, and it’s a pretty solid, easy read.

This holiday season, there are many gifts you can give yourself – why not purchase The Time Bandit Solution? At the very least, it’s a critical tool for those of us working in social good: an easy-to-understand manual that helps us better use out time, set appropriate boundaries, and most importantly – accomplish the very work we’re setting out to do.

Any other resources you can suggest as nonprofits/social enterprises enter the holiday season? If so, please leave them in the comments below. You can also follow us on Facebook, or contact me directly – information found via the About page.

And as always, thanks for reading!

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