About the Author
Abiodun Olusoji, the author of the book entitled “Take Time!” is a public speaker, facilitator and trainer, positioned as a voice clamouring for a mental revolution in the continent of Africa. Olusoji, who currently runs CuttingEdge Consulting, has a deep passion for knowledge and believes that the quality of insights and information available to a set of people per time who determine the depth of transformation achievable.
Time is the seed of every desired harvest in life and whatever you do with time today will determine your placement in life tomorrow. The primary aim of the book is to enhance proactiveness and efficiency with the use of time so that you can achieve more in life with the time you have. The book will change your life, revolutionise your time perspectives, thereby helping you to assess your desired outcomes in every area of life. The book contains timeless truths that are proven and tested over centuries. It offers tips on the understanding of the concept of time; effective time practice, organisations and management of time, time management in Africa, time and seasons of life, and cultivation of a sense of positive urgency. Additionally, 50-time nuggets and hundred life application questions are included just to better educate the reader on how you can spend your time.
According to Olusoji, the book is written for people that aspire to get ahead in life and achieve all that is within their power to accomplish within a lifetime. The principles radiated can save precious years of frustration and unnecessary toil in the quest for achievement of goals. Your life and the time at your disposal are probably the most important commodities you have been blessed with and whatever you choose to do with these items will determine the values and the quality of the life you lead. Most people waste years of the lives, attempting to achieve what they could have achieved in just if you months if they had understood the principles of time use appropriately.
The book is divided into 12 chapters.
The first chapter is entitled Understanding Time. Quoting Benjamin Franklin here, Olusoji advises you not to squander time because time is this stuff that life is made of. The author is personally convinced that after the gift of life from God, time is the second most precious gift that God has given to men. This is because time is the essence of life. Time is the conduct of the music of life. It is the referee of the game of life, and it is the chief gamemaster in the ultimate race of life. Our understanding of time, our perception of time, our reaction to time will eventually determine the quality and the what of our lives in this realm. If you want to be wealthy and successful in life, your reaction to time, respect for time and adherence to its principles would determine whether you are ready for success.
In Chapter 2 entitled Recognising Time-Wasting Activities in Your Personal Life, the author reflects on issues in your personal and professional life that attempt to rob you of qualitative achievements because of your inability to deal with issues that dissipate your time and focus in life. Your station in life is a direct function of your use of time in days gone by. Deadly factors constituting time wasters/robbers are: unchecked indulgence, attitudinal problems, procrastination, inability to plan, personal disorganisation and failure to manage details, failure to be mentored and counselled, indecisiveness, fatigue and burnout, leaving task unfinished, being a perfectionist, lack of integrity and personal commitments, excessive socialising, confusing activities as accomplishments, and tube (TV revolution).
In Chapters 3 to 6, the author discusses how to recognise time-wasting activities in your professional life as time sequence, effective time tactics, and the soul of time management.
Chapter 7 is themed on organisations and the management of time. According to Olusoji, the primary reason why many organisations and government agencies find it difficult to succeed is because of their poor adherence to time management principles. Therefore, any individual organisation that jettisons principles in any area where progress and development are needed has signed in for failure. The local competition in the marketplace is too fierce and too determined now for any entrepreneur not to position himself intelligently using time. This is more so because it is assumed that there are more companies, products and services than there are customers. Organisations are advised to stop the rankle, adapt to change, plan, adopt assess and schedule method, create sacred moments for priorities, assess the corporate use of time, and check some unproductive ways through which employees use time. The chapter also offers some time management tools for busy executives.
In Chapters 8 to 11, subject matters such as the evaluation of the concept of time in Africa and other developing nations, time and decisions of life, cultivation of a sense of positive urgency, and 50 reasons why you must take time, are examined.
Chapter 12, the last chapter of the book is entitled Your Time and Life Application Planner. The recurring truth in all that has been written so far is that time is the essence of life itself and the use to which we employ our time would ultimately determine our destination in life. Planning and setting goals is central to the productive use of time. If we embark on a journey to manage time but fail to plan and set specific goals for different areas of our lives, we are only embarking on a jamboree.
As regards stylistic diagnoses, this work is satisfactory. The ideas expounded in the book are logically presented and the title so short as striking. What is more, Olusoji employs notional repetition to be able to drive home his point. There is the generous employment of boxed precis to attract attention to striking points. The layout of the book is equally enticing, more so that the text and paragraphs are generously spaced. To arouse the reader’s practical application of the fact tips the author includes the life application exercise at the end of the book.
However, errors of concord (agreement) are predominant in the book, thus reducing the potency of its grammar. On page 31, for example, we have “… issues in your personal life … that attempts …”; page 64: “This happen…” page 91: Management skills is …”, etc. On page 5, the contracted form “it’s” is used in place of the possessive pronoun “its”. There are also errors of misuse of conditional clauses (page vi); use of the word “opportuned” instead of “opportune” as an adjective on page 34. All these and other errors need to be corrected in the next edition to achieve the necessary, grammatically.
Do you want to achieve a lot within a short period? Do you want to know how to plan and succeed fast? Then you need to read this book.