Make Time

Make Time

How to Focus on What Matters Every Day

Book - 2018
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From the New York Times bestselling authors of Sprint comes a simple 4-step system for improving focus, finding greater joy in your work, and getting more out of every day.

"A charming manifesto--as well as an intrepid do-it-yourself guide to building smart habits that stick. If you want to achieve more (without going nuts), read this book."--Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better

Nobody ever looked at an empty calendar and said, "The best way to spend this time is by cramming it full of meetings!" or got to work in the morning and thought, Today I'll spend hours on Facebook! Yet that's exactly what we do. Why?

In a world where information refreshes endlessly and the workday feels like a race to react to other people's priorities faster, frazzled and distracted has become our default position. But what if the exhaustion of constant busyness wasn't mandatory? What if you could step off the hamster wheel and start taking control of your time and attention? That's what this book is about.

As creators of Google Ventures' renowned "design sprint," Jake and John have helped hundreds of teams solve important problems by changing how they work. Building on the success of these sprints and their experience designing ubiquitous tech products from Gmail to YouTube, they spent years experimenting with their own habits and routines, looking for ways to help people optimize their energy, focus, and time. Now they've packaged the most effective tactics into a four-step daily framework that anyone can use to systematically design their days. Make Time is not a one-size-fits-all formula. Instead, it offers a customizable menu of bite-size tips and strategies that can be tailored to individual habits and lifestyles.

Make Time isn't about productivity, or checking off more to-dos. Nor does it propose unrealistic solutions like throwing out your smartphone or swearing off social media. Making time isn't about radically overhauling your lifestyle; it's about making small shifts in your environment to liberate yourself from constant busyness and distraction.

A must-read for anyone who has ever thought, If only there were more hours in the day ..., Make Time will help you stop passively reacting to the demands of the modern world and start intentionally making time for the things that matter.
Publisher: New York :, Currency,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780525572428
Branch Call Number: 650.11 Kna
Characteristics: xiv, 287 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Jun 02, 2019

This entertaining, practical and easy-to-read book draws from several books I have read previously, including Cal Newport’s Deep Work and Digital Minimalism, Brain Rules by John Medina, The Power of Moments by Chip and Dan Heath, The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, and The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.

The focus of this book is not how to get more done every day; it is how to arrange your day so you get the most important and meaningful thing done each day, whether that be a work project or a personal project. Because most of our time is spent by default, this book shows how to make what we do each day more intentional. We can set new defaults and make them stick.

There are all sorts of useful tips and tactics, and the two authors discuss how they each used them, often in different ways. They point out that everyone will find a different collection of tactics to be useful. Here is the overall plan the authors recommend:

Highlight: Start each day by choosing a focal point. This is the main thing you want to accomplish this day. It should be something you can do in 60-90 minutes of focused work. Criteria for selecting a Highlight are urgency, satisfaction, and joy.

Laser: Beat distraction to make time for your Highlight. There are lots of tips about how to minimize distractions from technology in general and e-mail in particular. The authors both worked in big tech companies, so they understand what people are up against.

Reflect: Adjust and improve your system every day. The authors recommend taking notes to track results so you can fine tune your system. Small shifts can lead to big results.

Energize: Take care of your body to recharge your brain. The modern lifestyle is an anomaly and an accident. Act like a caveman to build energy!

Meditation is a breather for your brain, and it is also exercise for your brain. One of my favorite quotes in the whole book is: “Some people say meditation only counts if you do it unassisted for long periods. Those people are jerks. If it works for you and you’re happy, you can keep doing short sessions of guided meditations forever.”

There are TONS of specific tips that might resonate with you. This is a really useful, practical book, and it is fun to read. It is well worth the time it takes to read it.

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