Elizabeth Grace Saunders is an expert on effective time management and the founder of Real Life E Time Coaching and Speaking.
She’s a frequent contributor to Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, and Fast Company. She’s also a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council and the Forbes Coaches Council.
In this interview, we discuss her latest book, Divine Time Management and how it can help your own productivity.
Quick note: The book will be officially launching on November 14, 2017, but you can get access to some cool bonuses if you pre-order between November 10 and 13 on the Divine Time Management site.
Q: “Divine Time Management” is an intriguing title for a book. What drove you to write it?
A: After having written two traditional time management books and doing time management coaching for over six and a half years, the work I was doing started to feel a bit empty. That really concerned me because I wanted to be passionate and authentic about what I did. At the same time, I felt inspired by God to start to share more openly about how He played a role in my business. That lead to me beginning a Christian division of my company called “Divine Time Management,” which includes a group coaching program and now a book.
This new focus re-invigorated my passion for the work I had been doing in traditional time management coaching as well as opened up the door for me to explore the intersection of my faith and time management. I found a renewed joy and excitement in all areas of my life.
Q: Who is the book primarily written for?
A: This book can be interesting for anyone. But it’s primarily written for people who have a Christian faith background who are interested in finding a truly God-centered approach to time management. This is in contrast to a self-centered approach where you make your own plans and then pray God will bless them, which is something I had mistakenly fallen into for many years.
Q: Hassan: For someone who isn’t necessarily religious (or shares a different faith), how do you think the book will help them?
A: As I’ve shared about this book with people from different faith backgrounds, including those who wouldn’t call themselves religious, I’ve found people to be really open to at least hear my perspective. This book is written from a heart-centered place, not a head-centered one. There are Bible verses but there are also many personal stories of my journey of faith in my relationship with God. For many who haven’t been exposed to this sort of perspective, it can be an interesting one to encounter.
Also, my book is in general about letting go of control, which is a theme that can benefit anyone. I offer clear ways to replace control with trust in and alignment with God as well as love for your true identity.
Q: Hassan: How is this book different from your other books: “The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment” and “How to Invest Your Time Like Money?”
A: My prior two books take a very practical approach to time management behavioral change. They offer a lot of tools and tactics for clarifying priorities, setting expectations, and strengthening routines. In short, helping Type B people become more Type A. My third book does the opposite–teaching Type A people the art of letting go so they can relax and experience more peace and joy in their lives.
Q: Hassan: Where can readers learn more about your work or get in touch with you?
A: My book website is www.DivineTimeBook.com where you can find out more about Divine Time Management, see a book video trailer, and sign up for a special book pre-order bonus ($497 Value) for orders by 11/14.
To learn more about me, my time management coaching, or to get in touch, you can go to www.RealLifeE.com