The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica Turner
I think this is another book where my personality made it not such an ideal fit (much like The Best Yes). A big chunk of it felt like it was giving women permission to take time for themselves and their interests. I’ve never felt like I needed permission for that, so none of that resonated with me. I already know I’m a better mom if I’ve had time to read or go to book club, so no justification required from me. However, if you do struggle with taking time for yourself, this may help you with that.
Where the book shines is with the examples of how this works out in various lives. Turner works full time outside of her home, so it’s not a matter of someone giving tips for things she doesn’t practice. She’s a busy woman, and knows how to maximize her time.
While many of her examples revolve around having children and the time pressures they add, most of her principles remain and would work for anyone regardless of stage of life. And yes, the focus is on women, but if a guy is having issues with taking time for his own needs, the principles aren’t gender-specific. The language and pronouns throughout the text are however, if that would be a sticking point for male readers.
Nothing in the book is revolutionary, but it’s all solid information, and the repackaging of concepts and particular phrasings and examples may give fresh insight into your own life and how you can squeeze more time for your interests.
I do still prefer Laura Vanderkam’s 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think as the best book on time-management I’ve read, but The Fringe Hours approach and writing style may be a better fit for some women. I don’t regret reading it, but doubt it’ll be one I’d reread.
For the woman who is doing everything for everyone–except herself
Ever get to the end of the day and realize you did nothing for you? In this practical and liberating book, Jessica N. Turner empowers you to take back the fringe hours–those little pockets of time you already have in your day–in order to make time for your passions and practice self-care. Based on original research, The Fringe Hours helps you overcome common hurdles that prevent women from taking time for themselves regularly. You’ll also discover tips for maximizing the time you have and discover how living this lifestyle makes you a better wife, mother, and friend.
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