The Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner

The Fringe HoursThe Fringe Hours: Making Time for YouThe Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica Turner 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 Think168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam 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.

Publisher’s Description:
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.

Book Details

Title: The Fringe Hours: Making Time for YouThe Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica Turner
Author: Jessica Turner
Category: Nonfiction / Time Management
My Rating: 3 Stars
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  1. I’ve looked at that one off and on. I think, from your review, it probably isn’t for me – saying no isn’t my problem, finding time in the day regardless of saying no is the problem, haha.

    I love your blog because just as I get to where I’m considering a purcahse, it seems like you post a review of the exact same book and i can kind of weigh it against my own thoughts. I love clicking through the archives to see your take on some I’ve read, too.

    • Aww, thank you!

      Have you read the Vanderkam book I mention? It might be a better fit for what you want – she’s not a miracle worker who can create time magically, but she does have some good ideas about fitting things into your life. (Big hint: it’s all about the entire week, not the single day.)

      I do think Turner’s book is better for women who might think they “shouldn’t” need time for themselves, so it’d be one I’d recommend more in those situations. Otherwise, go for Vanderkam’s.

  2. I wanted to love this book, I really did. But, I don’t think her style of writing was for me. I kind of felt like maybe it is written for people who have a bit more disposable income than I do – as in, I would love to hire someone to clean my house, but that is definitely a luxury I cannot afford at this moment…I did enjoy The Best Yes, but I think my favorite book along this subject matter this year has been Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson.

    • I’d like to try that one – I’ve liked Clarkson when I’ve read her before, so I’d like to get her take on this.

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