Saturday, September 19, 2015

Taming the To-Do List by Glynnis Whitwer

As a point of interest, I put off reading this book for a few days because of my to-do list.

When I did get the chance to start reading it (after the kids and husband were asleep) I found myself doing an awful lot of nodding, wincing, and whispering ouch. Some books just hit a little too close to home for comfort.

Whitwer's book on procrastination is interesting. As she points out throughout her book, time management is a highly covered topic in today's market. There are enough takes and opinions on time, procrastination, and efficiency to cause decision fatigue. For the most part, however, I found Whitwer to be a refreshing new insight.

What I loved.

I so appreciate Whitwer's ability to bring multiple causes and roots to the front of awareness in her book. Let's face it my procrastination can have a few causes (most notably perfectionism and choice fatigue/overload) and I appreciate Whitwer's ability to take different causes and give each their own voice. This felt like it would be particularly helpful for those who have never reflected on the reasons for their own procrastination and may require help for this inner reflection.

I also appreciated Whitwer's writing style. The book is definitely geared towards a female audience (although my husband enjoyed a few selections I chose to read aloud) and in that Whitwer has taken on an honest and almost conversational tone in her writings. Whitwer is honest with her own journey away from procrastination even admitting to having procrastinated on writing this very book. The made the book so much easier to connect with.

Things I liked less.

There were times that I felt the book was more repetitive than I would have liked. Some of these were Whitwer reintroducing or expanding upon a story or idea that had been introduced earlier in the book. This has always been a personal pet peeve however and would not detract from most readers.


In the end, I think this book would actually be a great option for a women's book group. I could see how with Whitwer's breakdown of chapters as well as the homework option at the end of each section this could easily transition into a group study allowing participants to hold each other accountable and share their tips as well as encourage others in their group.

4 out of 5 stars



I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion through Nuts About Books. The opinions expressed are entirely my own/