How To Get Control of Your Time And Your Life by Alan Lakein
While I was at Barnes and Noble, I bought this mass market paperback for $6.99. It is a very quick read. The book is only 160 pages long and can be read in afternoon. It was originally published in 1974 so it has withstood the test of time.
The book shows tried and true methods of time management and goal setting; the A list of personal goals, the to do list, daily scheduling, and breaking tasks into manageable actions. In addition to methods there are numeroous admonishments and tips; handle a piece of paper only once, "if something is worth doing, it is worth doing badly," learn to say "no", there is an 80/20 rule are some of the ideas presented.
Alan Lakein comes across as sensible and practical. He tries to answer Lakein's question, "What is the best use of your time?" as well as "What is the price of delay?"
This is a short focused book by a Harvard M.B.A. and a recognized expert in time management. The book has sold over 3 million copies.