February 18, 2008

Shopping for Time: How to Do It All and Not Be Overwhelmed

Carolyn Mahaney and her three daughters have done a great job in Shopping for Time: How to Do It All and Not Be Overwhelmed of teaching women basic principles that they can apply to their life to better accomplish the tasks at hand. What makes it so practical is that this book is only 94 pages long. I easily read it in a (very) busy week, spending no more than 10 minutes on it any one day. It's great that you don't have to waste time while you're learning to use your time wisely.
Mrs. Mahaney and her daughters start off with a point that I've been telling myself for awhile: we can accomplish everything God would have us do, but that is most certainly not everything we have on our to-do list. God has given us enough time to accomplish what we are to do; if we don't have enough time for something, we either messed up our priorities or we weren't supposed to do it.

They lay out 5 basic principles to better use your time. These weren't really anything I hadn't heard, but they presented them in a way that made them new, as well as presented practical ways of implementing them. These principles are: rise early, sit still, sit and plan, consider people, and plan to depend.

One of the things I really appreciated about this book was that they were sensitive to the fact that we're all in different places in life. They showed several ways that I specifically can apply these principles to my life as a single woman and a student. Too many times I read books like these and they assume everyone is married with children.

I only paid $9 for it including shipping (and you can too - the sale goes to the end of the month), but it was worth so much more than that. I greatly recommend this book to any woman who has ever struggled with "doing it all." I assume every woman falls into this category, so I recommend this book to all!


  1. Sounds like a great book that any American should read.

    The Five Languages book you reviewed...boy ins that a good one!


    (I saw your comment on Jamee's blog)

  2. I hope she mentions that there is a season and time for everything. I used to try to do things that were not feasible for a young wife and mother of 3 toddlers. I would grumble about not having time to work on genealogy and my husband would remind me that it wasn't the season for genealogy, it was the season for loving and raising children. He was so right. That said, I still need this book. Off to check out the sale. Thanks.


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