Time Basics by Jim Muncy


If your like me, time seems to run away from you despite your best intentions. You wake up earlier or go to bed later to accomplish those tasks that we have on our daily to do list, while also trying to make time for fun and leisure. For a while things seems to run smoothly and the next thing you know your running late, or burning the midnight oil. If that sounds anything like you, I invite you to read this book.

Author Biography

Jim Muncy is a Professor of Marketing who graduated from Texas Tech  University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy in Marketing in 1983. He is also a speaker and  author with a focus on time management and success, husband and father of four children. 

Book Summary

This book as the name implies is guide to learning the very basics, the building blocks of time management so that we can then use these tools to create systems that allow us to adequately manage our time. Jim explains that there are twenty-five time basics which are categorised in four sections: Vision, Focus, Speed and Power. Each of these sections are made up of six principles that guide us in achieving these outcomes. By understanding how to apply them you will be able to manage your time effectively.


I really enjoyed the contents of this book. I hope that you will gain some useful tips for managing your time. I will definitely be reading it again.


What I liked about this book are:

  • The use of stories to illustrate the different principles of time management
  • The stories included were relevant, humourous, relatable and insightful which made the points easier to remember.
  • The structure of the book: Chapters were short but informative. Each beginning with a principle and ending with its challenge.
  • A great read for busy persons that want to get more out of there time.
  • The book felt more like a story instead of technical/academic book.
  • The easy applicability of the principles to everyday life.
  • It has a workbook to help put the principles to practice and assist in developing a time management system for yourself.

What I didn’t like about this book it that the workbook was not a part of it. Not much of a negative because I really enjoyed it.


“We must have a clear vision of our limitless possibilities and an even clearer vision of the brevity of time. Time management is where these two visions meet.”

” …The more important lesson I learned was that you can’t move from vision directly to action. You need to learn some basics… We need to know what we will see when we focus in on the day’s activities”

” Time management isn’t just about having a vision and focus for our days. At some point it is about moving into action and picking up speed. The more we can get done in a day, the more things we can do with our time.”

“The Procrastination Principle: An “I’ll do it Tomorrow” Attitude can yield ” I should have done it Yesterday” Results.”

“The Procrastination Challenge: Resolve to put off tomorrow that which would interfere with what should be done today.”