'Busy' has become a competitive sport — and it’s a sport with no winners. Somewhere, underneath all of this hard slog, are the things we really want to do. The things that bring us joy and give our lives meaning. More often than not, the only thing stopping us getting on with those things is ourselves. Our lives don’t have to be as complicated as we make them …

I Don’t Have Time explores the excuses we make that keep us from getting on with the things that really matter to us.

Using humour, anecdotes, research into productivity and our proven ‘My 15 Minutes’ exercises, this is a practical guide to ditching overwhelm and making progress in all the areas that matter most — our health and wellbeing, our careers, relationships, finances, home environments, personal development and recreation. It flips the notion that we need great swathes of time to get ahead with things, instead encouraging us to use the nooks and crannies in our day to achieve big things over time.


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I Don't Have Time Book Excerpt

This book spoke to me from the very first page. Finally, a time-management book for real people by real people. It was interesting and engaging with stories and anecdotes that made me laugh, cry and nod my head in agreement. If you only read one self-help book this year, make it this one.

Alison Abernethy

Emma Grey & Audrey Thomas have each been running successful small businesses offering training and coaching in life-balance, leadership and change since 2009, and together created the popular and life-changing My 15 Minutes program in 2013. What started as a simple idea is now evolving into a range of programs to meet the needs of busy people ... at work and at home.

Emma Grey

is the author of Wits’ End Before Breakfast! Confessions of a Working Mum and Unrequited: Girl Meets Boy Band (a novel that she wrote because her teen daughter hated reading but loved Harry Styles). She writes regularly for Australian and international media and offers practical, realistic solutions to the modern challenge of ‘having it all’. She lives near Canberra, with her teen daughters and little boy.

Audrey Thomas

is an experienced coach and facilitator, whose corporate career spanned the UK, Europe and North America. She works with people to discover and develop their potential and improve effectiveness and lives in Adelaide with her Welsh husband, Dafydd and their two young sons.

In 2016, Emma was handed an unexpected challenge when her adored husband, Jeff, died suddenly. We wrote the following in the Epilogue of I Don’t Have Time:

When you lose the love of your life, it can bring you to your knees. It can completely destroy you. Or it can bring you to your feet.

When we interviewed Rebecca Sparrow for our ‘15 Minutes That Changed My Life’ speaker series she told us about losing her baby daughter, Georgie. ‘Somehow, Georgie was going to turn the light up in my life, not down,’ Bec had said.

Emerging from the first few weeks of shock and devastation, Emma decided to do one life-affirming thing, no matter how small, every day – beginning with rearranging the flowers people had sent into beautiful bouquets and delivering them to a hospital with her children.

We also thought about the words we’d written in this book. Did this shattering tragedy change anything? Did it alter our perspective on life?

Yes, it did.

Jeff’s loss is turning up the light in our lives, not down. We want to be better people. We want to do more. Experience more. Live more.

We’re more committed than ever to the ideas we’ve presented in this book. We want to procrastinate less, focus more sharply, reach higher and further than we ever have without a backwards glance at our insecurities and fears, because life is short. Life is precious.

The time we have is a gift. Take it and turn up the light.

  • This book has it all — laughs and tears, advice and support and, most of all, the encouragement most of us need to just get started! Learning how to make the most of the smallest chunks of time has made a huge difference in what I achieve. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Alison Bailey
  • The storytelling style of this book made it unique in the genre for me. There are few traditional time-management books that provoke regular tears and 'ah ha' moments the way this one did! Thoroughly recommended.
    Sarah Turner
  • Loved this book! A page turner from start to finish with Audrey and Emma’s engaging style of writing conveying their relatable stories.
    Michele Farrell
  • So very readable, so down to earth. I'll be recommending this book to everyone.
    Melinda Acton
  • I've just started reading, and already I'm BLOWN AWAY!
    Nina Campbell
  • This is a wonderfully sculpted delve into those idiosyncrasies we 'all' seem to think are acceptable. Even expected. It’s fabulous!
  • After only a few pages in your book, I'm super engrossed! I feel in my heart this is an even more impactful game changer, my new 'One Thing' ~ creating space for myself to breathe and receive. Self-compassion, gentleness, more laughter. I feel lighter already.
    PJ Aguilar
  • Fabulous job, well done and thank you for the invitation to review an excellent book, I’m honoured.
    Andrew Campbell

I Don’t Have Time is designed for busy women seeking a practical way out of the ‘chaos’ of modern living. The strategies in the book are realistic and easy to implement. With engaging, real-life stories, case studies and 15-minute action tasks, we’ll help you shed the excuses you make that hold you back from living a life you'd love.

This fresh approach to personal productivity helps you beat overwhelm, perfectionism, procrastination, ‘comparisonitis’, fear of failure, fear of success and more. Read it only if you’re willing to get really honest with yourself about why things aren’t ideal, and make simple changes to turn your life around.

Why should I buy this book?

You’ve tried time-management and personal productivity approaches before. Nothing seems to stick, and you find yourself falling back into old patterns. I Don’t Have Time tackles the beliefs that underpin our time-wasting behaviour. We help you uncover the surprising ways that you over-complicate your own life, and give you simple, practical tactics to recalibrate how you do things.

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