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Make Time: How to focus on what matters every day Paperback – 27 Sep 2018
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"As someone obsessed with time and how to spend it wisely, I loved this fun and useful book. Not your normal productivity fare." (Ev Williams, founder of Medium and Twitter)
"Make Time is 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)
"Too often, we get bogged down in the demands of each day and struggle to find time for what really matters. In this powerful book, Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky explain how small changes in the design of our days can give us more time for the people and activities that energize and fulfil us. Make Time is essential reading for anyone who wants to create a happier, more successful life." (Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness Project andThe Four Tendencies)
"I defy you to read this book and not come away with ideas that make you happier and/or more effective in accomplishing what you want in life. It's smart, entertaining and packed with field-tested insights." (Dan Heath, bestselling co-author of The Power of Moments and Switch)
"Time is the single biggest ingredient for creative work. Time to focus, time to experiment, time to master creative skills. Make Time provides ways for each of us to find new reserves of that precious commodity. It is an excellent guidebook for taking control of the design of your life." (Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO and author of Change by Design)
"Make Time is practical and engaging, offering tips on everything from designing your day to the benefits of cutting out cable news and eschewing plane Wi-Fi in favour of time away from work.'" (Harvard Business Review)
About the Author
Jake Knapp (Author)
Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky are writers and designers who help people make time for what matters at the office and in everyday life. They're the authors of the New York Times bestseller Sprint, and the creators of Time Dorks, a popular newsletter about experiments in time management.
Jake spent ten years at Google and Google Ventures, where he created the Design Sprint process. He has since run more than 150 sprints with companies like Nest, Slack, 23andMe and Flatiron Health. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and sons.
John Zeratsky (Author)
John has written for The Wall Street Journal, TIME, Harvard Business Review, Wired, Fast Company and many more. For nearly fifteen years, he was a designer at technology companies including Google, YouTube and Google Ventures. Originally from Wisconsin, John and his wife now live aboard their sailboat Pineapple.
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One of my biggest fears in life is the sense that I'm not using my time in the best way that I can. There's so much I want to make time for but it just never works out - new things come up, other things take longer than expected, I'm constantly interrupted or interrupting myself. (After finishing the previous sentence, for instance, I wanted to have a "quick" Twitter check.)
Make Time was a therapeutic read in more than one way.
First, it made me reassured that I'm not the only one. If two superstar designers, who also happen to be NYT bestselling writers and ex-Googlers, have the same uphill struggle against distractions, then I'm not a complete write-off.
Second, it's hilarious. The silly sketches, opinion battles, descriptions of oh too familiar bad habits made this an entertaining read, as opposed to a dry self-help book.
And third, it's incredibly useful. It's basically a list of techniques to ring-fence your own time and stay focused. Once you've read it, a quick browse of chapter headings is enough to refresh your memory on how to stay focused.
I still occasionally procrastinate, but I'm also about 200% more efficient and 200% calmer. If you read this book, prepare to be relieved of guilt, pressure and stress.
The concepts of "Busy Bandwagon" and "Infinity Pool" really resonated - it's a simple and solid model that I have started to apply to my day-to-day life.
The key theme of this book, to orient every day around a personal "Highlight" is not a new idea, but what makes this book different and useful is the huge range of tried-and-tested tactics that will help you actually do it.
I've already started to experiment with a few and I know I'm going to keep dipping back in to try many more.
Make Time actually fell on my lap at the right time. After reading SPRINT from these guys, I discovered Make Time and was very excited. So far, since I've been reading the book I've discovered how to "highlight" my most important task and then channel my focus to get it done. I never did that before and applying it to all the apps I use for productivity has been a pleasure.
Can't recommend this book enough for professionals and people who are running a side project!
I'm planning a review on YouTube of the book, so I'll post it here when I'm ready!