Review: Take Back Your Time by Morgan Tyree

This year was a pivotal year for my schedule. With Elle in school three mornings a week, I found myself with enough extra time to catch up on dreams and projects while also enjoying the last days of full-time stay-at-home motherhood. It took some weeks of adjustment, but I slowly found a rhythm emerging between time for writing and creativity, volunteering, and taking care of health and fitness.

Now, three months into our school year and with some awkward breaks to mix up the schedule, I’m realizing that I may need a bit more structure to my schedule. It’s one thing to think, Monday mornings are for writing! and quite another to sit down in front of my computer at the library and realize I have no idea where to start. I’m so used to squeezing life into the margins, the wealth of time was crippling!

Enter Take Back Your Time by Morgan Tyree. In this conversational but focused book, Tyree empathizes with women of all walks. From working moms to business women to stay-at-home moms, she understands the stress and struggles of time management.

I’ve read business-based books before and found them helpful – to a point. What I loved about Take Back Your Time is that Tyree acknowledges and affirms all sorts of time constraints. She writes specifically to a broad audience and I felt seen in the pages of her book.

Filled with easy-to-implement strategies and structures, Tyree gives her readers tools and resources to start their time management revolution right away. None of her ideas were so complex that I put them off for another day. They were all simple enough to start right away. She also reminds her readers that, like any habits, new structures will take time and tweaking. I loved that she recognizes that these aren’t systems that will be perfect right away – this is an ongoing practice.

If you’re in a place in life where you see spaces of time where you know its being wasted or misused, this is the perfect book for you. Tyree will help you hone your hours and emerge with more space in your days.

What are tools you use for time management? How do you prioritize moments in your schedule?

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion,

2 thoughts on “Review: Take Back Your Time by Morgan Tyree

  1. Hi Annie, thanks for another book recommendation – and one that is practical. I like practical! I am terrible at time-management (it’s not the best country to be living in with this disability – clockwork is no joke here) so I might give this book a try. I am either running headless-chicken style without a moment to lose, or am floating around in a half-dream state because I don’t have anything utterly urgent to be doing. A happy medium needs to be struck! If you think this book could help the likes of moi, let me know. Thanks friend!

    1. I think this might be a good book for you! I love that she recognizes all sorts of work-from-home (whether it’s paid work or not) scenarios. The way she structures and tracks time is very helpful, too. It’s practical yet forgiving. (I will note that she’s writing for a Christian publisher and there are some connections between God and organizing that feel like a bit of a stretch but they don’t take away from the book itself.)

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