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


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

30 review for Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    A great reminder to prioritize your life around your passions and values rather than reacting to what other people/your job/society demands from you. It's a better way of redefining productivity to what suits you, not for the sake of busywork. I'm not rating it 5 stars because I don't consider the book to be life-changing or providing any new advice, but I still think it is a solid read with a personable writing style and enjoyed the framework that the authors outlined, which I plan on referenci A great reminder to prioritize your life around your passions and values rather than reacting to what other people/your job/society demands from you. It's a better way of redefining productivity to what suits you, not for the sake of busywork. I'm not rating it 5 stars because I don't consider the book to be life-changing or providing any new advice, but I still think it is a solid read with a personable writing style and enjoyed the framework that the authors outlined, which I plan on referencing.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Imola

    Make Time was a game-changer for me. It gave me permission to work on my own priorities instead of reacting to everyone else's. I was a test reader for this book and had the chance to practice the techniques for the past 6 months. I have to say, I've noticed a big change in not just how I work but also what I consider important. 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 - Make Time was a game-changer for me. It gave me permission to work on my own priorities instead of reacting to everyone else's. I was a test reader for this book and had the chance to practice the techniques for the past 6 months. I have to say, I've noticed a big change in not just how I work but also what I consider important. 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    When I first finished the book, my gut was a 3-star review for 'good' but not really adding to the conversation from other treatise on productivity and focus - then, I started to experiment and implement some of the suggestions. I tried removing email and Safari from my iphone, setting an intention outside my normal routines, and planning more of my day outside of work - and decided to up the book to 4 stars. I don't think Make Time breaks new ground, but it does take a lot of strong concepts an When I first finished the book, my gut was a 3-star review for 'good' but not really adding to the conversation from other treatise on productivity and focus - then, I started to experiment and implement some of the suggestions. I tried removing email and Safari from my iphone, setting an intention outside my normal routines, and planning more of my day outside of work - and decided to up the book to 4 stars. I don't think Make Time breaks new ground, but it does take a lot of strong concepts and ideas - and turns them into actionable plans to try. While I tend to be on top of organization, the suggestions are helping me carve out time for things from the 'Someday/Maybe' to actually getting done in a normal week.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hamad

    I hoped for more RTC...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    Here’s an embarrassing fact about me- most self help books rub me the wrong way because I hate being criticized and I hate being told what to do. My petty self has abandoned many a non fiction advice book for ‘tone’ issues. Luckily for me, something about this book resonated and I was able to accept their suggestions as helpful logic that I could choose to employ myself, or not. Maybe it was something about their little doodle faces but Jake and JZ came across as friendly and non judgemental. Ma Here’s an embarrassing fact about me- most self help books rub me the wrong way because I hate being criticized and I hate being told what to do. My petty self has abandoned many a non fiction advice book for ‘tone’ issues. Luckily for me, something about this book resonated and I was able to accept their suggestions as helpful logic that I could choose to employ myself, or not. Maybe it was something about their little doodle faces but Jake and JZ came across as friendly and non judgemental. Make Time was full of valuable information and techniques I look forward to trying out in my own life.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tim Lancaster

    Solid. Much of the advice is not necessarily new, but it is presented simply and in a memorable framework.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Zoë

    I started this book almost six months ago, and really enjoyed the beginning. It provides some helpful productivity advice in a light and breezy writing style. There's nothing really groundbreaking here, but I still found it helpful: the key ideas are to choose one Highlight for each day, use various techniques to increase your focus (often by reducing distractions) and increase your energy, and refine your process continuously by reflecting on what works and what doesn't. Many of the techniques I started this book almost six months ago, and really enjoyed the beginning. It provides some helpful productivity advice in a light and breezy writing style. There's nothing really groundbreaking here, but I still found it helpful: the key ideas are to choose one Highlight for each day, use various techniques to increase your focus (often by reducing distractions) and increase your energy, and refine your process continuously by reflecting on what works and what doesn't. Many of the techniques are tiny and straightforward but still impactful, like signing out of social media accounts so that you need to put in just a little bit more effort and thought before getting caught up in a distraction. What I didn't like was the energy section's emphasis on evolutionary psychology and living like a caveman (the caveman was called Urk, which I found irritatingly cutesy). The basic idea is that there's a "huge disconnect between our hunter-gatherer roots and our crazy modern world", and we should try to live more like a caveman because our bodies evolved for that lifestyle. This perspective requires some extreme simplifications that often seemed pretty dubious. Here's one passage: Urk was a hunter-gatherer. He didn't eat unless he collected, caught, or killed his food. Can you imagine going out to gather berries or hunt for buffalo every morning, noon, and evening, plus any time in between when your blood sugar started to feel low? The point is that just because we can eat all the time, that doesn't mean we should.I'm not convinced at all that someone who gathered berries in the morning couldn't keep any berries to eat throughout the day, or even the next day. And I'm really not convinced that any random thought the authors happen to conceive about caveman life is automatically correct and should be used as a guide for healthy living. Beyond the potential of being incorrect and unfounded, I think that evolutionary psychology can also be actively harmful. The authors are both former Googlers, which brings to mind that other infamous Google guy with a penchant for evolutionary psychology: James Damore, who wrote a memo about the biological differences between men and women to explain why he opposed programs intended to increase representation of women in tech. Damore argues that "differences [between men and women] aren't just socially constructed because... [t]hey're exactly what we would predict from an evolutionary psychology perspective". So, I wish Knapp and Zeratsky had focused on empirical studies about how to increase energy and focus, rather than relying on speculative theorizing about the past and its influence on the present. That weakened an otherwise good book and made me much less likely to recommend it to others. The book does contain plenty of valuable ideas, and the writing is often humorous and entertaining, but much of it has to be taken with a big grain of salt.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Vuk Trifkovic

    In which two people who worked very hard on making all these apps tell you how to put in the effort to ignore the said apps in order not to go completely insane. Some good tips. Some typical SV bullshit. I suspect very useful and effective though.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Karis

    Useful and practical advice about honoring our priorities in life, written in a personable and humorous style.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    We read Cal Newport's Deep Work recently for book club at work, and I thought I'd supplement it with this while I was engaged in a concerted effort to be more thoughtful about the way I apply my attention, to what, and why. This is a fast read that works quite well as a peppy companion volume to Newport's more discursive approach. In fact, this book is almost disastrously cheerful. The bright yellow case wrap framing the open book in your hands, the cartoonish illustrations, and the chat-bubble We read Cal Newport's Deep Work recently for book club at work, and I thought I'd supplement it with this while I was engaged in a concerted effort to be more thoughtful about the way I apply my attention, to what, and why. This is a fast read that works quite well as a peppy companion volume to Newport's more discursive approach. In fact, this book is almost disastrously cheerful. The bright yellow case wrap framing the open book in your hands, the cartoonish illustrations, and the chat-bubble soliloquies from one or other author sharing a personal spin on one of the 87 tips all contribute to one of the zippiest tones I have ever experienced in a self-help book. I particularly enjoyed the footnotes that were stuffed full of references to studies and further reading yet were written with the same incorrigible buoyancy as the rest of the book. I get the impression that the target audience is some kind of hyper adult toddler who hasn't read a book in years. But never mind that, because there's plenty of excellent, practical tips in here for everybody, and they are so actionable that I already did two of them before even finishing the book. The authors are designers by training, and they clearly understand how to keep the path smooth so that their users will be far more likely to actually use their product. Here, their product is their "Make Time" system that consists of four steps: 1. Highlight: Start each day by choosing a single focal point that you'll tackle for sixty to ninety minutes at some point during the day. 2. Laser: Beat distraction to focus on your Highlight during an optimum time for you. 3. Energize: Take care of your body to recharge your brain and get the most out of your time. 4. Reflect: Notice what worked and what didn't and what you are grateful for at the end of the day, so you can adjust and improve your system every day. I've taken the authors' advice and dog eared some pages of strategies that I want to experiment with first, and I'm also pulling some quotes they used as epigraphs into my personal list of favorites.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sebastian Gebski

    This book is exactly what I expect from Silicon Valley guys writing about focus, avoiding distraction, and effective time management. They don't dive into psychological details, brain composition, elephants, riders, etc. - instead they provide a simple mental model, full of catchy phrases and good comparisons/metaphors (e.g. infinity pool). Some may call it shallow, but ... in fact it's what works in many cases. The book is short, funny, enjoyable. It's composition is very simple and really help This book is exactly what I expect from Silicon Valley guys writing about focus, avoiding distraction, and effective time management. They don't dive into psychological details, brain composition, elephants, riders, etc. - instead they provide a simple mental model, full of catchy phrases and good comparisons/metaphors (e.g. infinity pool). Some may call it shallow, but ... in fact it's what works in many cases. The book is short, funny, enjoyable. It's composition is very simple and really helps with avoiding getting repetitious. In fact about 60-70% of the book is very practical: particular "techniques"/concepts you can use on the daily basis. I'm not saying they are all stellar, but at least none are ridiculous. Time and focus mgmt is something I'm very keen on - that's why I read every promising book on the topic. TBH "Make Time" is in my Top 5 or maybe even Top 3. Good stuff - similar level of usefulness to "Atomic Habits" or Heaths' books. Recommended.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kair Käsper

    This is a useful, but superficial book from the authors of Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days. The opus tries to capture all of the popular nuggets on productivity, sleep, diet, meditation, fitness and put them into one. As a result it reads like a collection of blog articles and should be taken as such. I’d say roughly half of the book stems from the authors’ personal experience and the other half is based on second-hand scientific truths from popular writers This is a useful, but superficial book from the authors of Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days. The opus tries to capture all of the popular nuggets on productivity, sleep, diet, meditation, fitness and put them into one. As a result it reads like a collection of blog articles and should be taken as such. I’d say roughly half of the book stems from the authors’ personal experience and the other half is based on second-hand scientific truths from popular writers like Cal Newport, Tim Ferriss, David Allen, Yuval Noah Harari et al. There probably is some solid research hidden in the 87 tactics, but you’d be hard-pressed to pin it down. Never the less, there are some interesting ideas in this book, several of which I’ve taken into use. Examples would be the setting primary/secondary focuses for the day and scheduling email time. Because I’m somewhat familiar with the topics discussed, including the works of the authors mentioned before, I ran into repetition quite a lot. If you haven’t really dug into productivity and self-help before, it’s a very good introduction. Sidenote. As an unintended consequence, after seeing the randomness of the authors’ methodology, I now have much less belief in the five day sprint.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christina Pilkington

    If you obsessively read organization and productivity books like I do, I don't think you will find anything ground-breaking or new in Make Time. But it's a good reinforcement and encouragement in good time management habits with a few interesting tips and tricks for focusing on the most important priorities in your life. The book breaks down its simple formula for Making Time: the Highlight, Lasar Focus, Energize, and Reflect. It's premise is that if you take one chunk of 60-90 minutes per day t If you obsessively read organization and productivity books like I do, I don't think you will find anything ground-breaking or new in Make Time. But it's a good reinforcement and encouragement in good time management habits with a few interesting tips and tricks for focusing on the most important priorities in your life. The book breaks down its simple formula for Making Time: the Highlight, Lasar Focus, Energize, and Reflect. It's premise is that if you take one chunk of 60-90 minutes per day to do one or more related tasks or activities of your choice and time block ahead of time- activities that bring you a sense of joy or accomplishment- you will end each day with a sense of purpose. The Highlight portion of the book was my favorite and the one tactic I think will make the biggest difference in the way I do my Weekly Reviews and daily planning in the next year. I'm someone who constantly puts way too many things on my daily to-do list (10-15 items every day), and winds up always needing to push off items onto future days. And then I feel like a failure, even if I did accomplish a lot of things that day. I love the idea of having an hour and a half dedicated to whatever I feel the most compelled to work on that day and knowing that even if I only accomplished that one task- it was the one thing that was most important to me for that day. Make Time is a worthy read, and I'd highly recommend reading it!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Azita Rassi

    A very enjoyable book with lots of helpful practical tips. I look forward to using some of the suggested tactics in 2019, and I might want to listen to this book again. The audiobook was delightfully performed, too. A great book to put an end to a great year of reading.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    As a public librarian, who prefers borrowing books over purchasing them, this is one I’m considering buying for keeps. It’s logical, simple, easily digestible, and doesn’t ask for the moon. I highly recommend to anyone who feels overwhelmed at work, at home, in life, etc.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    So I went into this book like I usually do with these kind of books: Take what works and ignore the rest. And, for the most part, the authors do a good job of catering to that attitude. There's generally an attitude of "try it!" and they don't use all of the same tactics that self. Two caveats: 1. They assume you're neurotypical. There isn't acknowledgment of the extra challenges some of us face. 2. They assume you have a certain kind of professional job. I mean, first they assume you HAVE an offi So I went into this book like I usually do with these kind of books: Take what works and ignore the rest. And, for the most part, the authors do a good job of catering to that attitude. There's generally an attitude of "try it!" and they don't use all of the same tactics that self. Two caveats: 1. They assume you're neurotypical. There isn't acknowledgment of the extra challenges some of us face. 2. They assume you have a certain kind of professional job. I mean, first they assume you HAVE an office type job. But also one of the suggestions is to just check your email once a day. I'm in IT support--I DO need to be constantly connected. But here are two suggestions I've already done that have helped me a lot: 1. Take my personal email off my phone. 2. Make the first page of my phone screen blank. (They didn't specifically say this, but I also redid my dock: Calendar (so I know what day it is), texts, Pokemon Go (they might not approve of that one) and my camera.) Both of these have helped me put down my phone a little more often. Or maybe I mean be more intentional about it because, for me, it's not so much screen time as when I get caught up spending hours and don't get anything out of it. I also liked their attitude of instead of relying on your willpower, just make it a little harder start whatever the timesucks are for you. (Like the fact that my homescreen is blank makes me go, "oh, wait, maybe I don't need to go doomscroll right now.) Anyway! So I got something out of it!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bartosz Majewski

    Very good book. It's an actionable toolkit for finding time in our busy lives for things that really matter for us. By the end of this week, I will implement at least 20 tactics I've found in it. It's been less than 24 hours since I started to read it (I've finished quickly, it's short) and I've already started to feel positive changes from what I have implemented. Good stuff. Highly recommended. I've listened to an audiobook on audible, this book works in this medium well. Very good book. It's an actionable toolkit for finding time in our busy lives for things that really matter for us. By the end of this week, I will implement at least 20 tactics I've found in it. It's been less than 24 hours since I started to read it (I've finished quickly, it's short) and I've already started to feel positive changes from what I have implemented. Good stuff. Highly recommended. I've listened to an audiobook on audible, this book works in this medium well.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    The content of this book is not revolutionary for those familiar with popular time management literature (i.e. limit the number of things you focus on each day, limit distractions such as technology, eat healthy food and exercise regularly, and reflect and adapt accordingly). However, the book uses clever labels and fun illustrations for well-worn concepts and packages the dense literature about maximizing time into an easy, accessible read. The ultimate takeaway is we can be more productive by The content of this book is not revolutionary for those familiar with popular time management literature (i.e. limit the number of things you focus on each day, limit distractions such as technology, eat healthy food and exercise regularly, and reflect and adapt accordingly). However, the book uses clever labels and fun illustrations for well-worn concepts and packages the dense literature about maximizing time into an easy, accessible read. The ultimate takeaway is we can be more productive by focusing on less, and the most important aspect of time management is not the number of checks on the to do list but freeing up space for the things that matter.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mehrsa

    There are some good tips in here that will help increase productivity, but the book is a compilation of tips from a whole bunch of other books. I usually prefer to go to the source, which here would be Duhigg's Habit books, the Deep Work book, and Rapt. There are some good tips in here that will help increase productivity, but the book is a compilation of tips from a whole bunch of other books. I usually prefer to go to the source, which here would be Duhigg's Habit books, the Deep Work book, and Rapt.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alli

    This book is kind of a game changer for me. I’m implementing many of these strategies and can already see myself happier and more productive, especially at work.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carol-ann Gibson

    Make time provides the reader with hints and tips to improve your time management and work on your goals. I thoroughly enjoyed it and managed to read it in one day. What I thought was great about this book versus other habit/ self development books is that the authors provided you with various techniques that work for them. Both authors are completely different e.g. one is a night owl and one is an early riser. It was insightful for me as they both had similar jobs (although theirs were much mor Make time provides the reader with hints and tips to improve your time management and work on your goals. I thoroughly enjoyed it and managed to read it in one day. What I thought was great about this book versus other habit/ self development books is that the authors provided you with various techniques that work for them. Both authors are completely different e.g. one is a night owl and one is an early riser. It was insightful for me as they both had similar jobs (although theirs were much more technical) to my own. They gave me plenty of ideas to manage my calendar better and to help prioritize my 'highlight' of the day. This is a book that I will recommend to my team to read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Fanny Bergerstam

    I enjoyed this book in so many ways, and I am confident that I will continue to enjoy it long after I finished it. An easy, fun and uplifting book about taking control of your time, step by step. After reading this I started reflecting about how my life felt like a blur, constantly waiting for the future to come to me. I came to understand the importance of the everyday life, and how I could stop living in default mode.

  23. 4 out of 5

    jocelyn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 4 / 5 this had some good ideas i wanted to try! notes for mehself: - make these tactics a part of your life, not just additional tasks - choose a highlight i.e. a priority for your day (what’s most important, what will make you the most satisfied or happy that will take no more than 90 minutes) - list all possible highlights by importance and assign them to certain days - write down down before the day starts - make a list of things you might do besides your highlight - schedule by time to decrease tim 4 / 5 this had some good ideas i wanted to try! notes for mehself: - make these tactics a part of your life, not just additional tasks - choose a highlight i.e. a priority for your day (what’s most important, what will make you the most satisfied or happy that will take no more than 90 minutes) - list all possible highlights by importance and assign them to certain days - write down down before the day starts - make a list of things you might do besides your highlight - schedule by time to decrease time spent deliberating what to do - don’t continue working if you’re nearing your limit - distractions make it harder for your concentration to “boot up” as it has to restart every time your attention strays - log out of everything at night as it acts as a deterrent and turn off as many notifs as possible - wear a wristwatch to decrease the amounts of times you look at your phone screen - skip the morning media check in - save news, email, or other periodicals got certain times of the day or week - separate fake, less important “wins” from real ones—your highlight - invent a deadline or thrust yourself into one to motivate yourself - divide your big tasks into many smaller tasks - have a focusing soundtrack and set a visible timer - make a list of random questions or tasks that might distract you in the moment, and do those later - breath! or be bored and stuck! or take a break! - live more like a hunter-gatherer - exercise a bit everyday—20 minutes, don’t exercise tooo hard, take walks, inconvenience yourself with stairs or carrying things - eat “real” food but not too much, and stick to plants - put healthier food on your plate first - get out into nature, meditate (break for your brain), and breaks don’t mean social media - for sleeping, try faking sunsets by turning off lights earlier - experiment with tactics to see if they work

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dan Connors

    This is a breezy little book with cute illustrations that covers an important topic- how to not waste your life. There are so many more distractions now than just a generation ago. The authors call them the busy bandwagon and the infinity pools. They reflect the infinite time-wasters that occupy a majority of our lives- from spending too much time on emails and You Tube videos to watching television. In our immersive world, they have a deceptively simple system to make sure that you get the most This is a breezy little book with cute illustrations that covers an important topic- how to not waste your life. There are so many more distractions now than just a generation ago. The authors call them the busy bandwagon and the infinity pools. They reflect the infinite time-wasters that occupy a majority of our lives- from spending too much time on emails and You Tube videos to watching television. In our immersive world, they have a deceptively simple system to make sure that you get the most important and easily ignored items done. 1- Find a highlight every day that you will devote yourself to, if only for a few minutes or hours. 2- Laser in on that highlight and eliminate all distractions. There are many helpful suggestions in the book on how to do exactly that. 3- Energize- Treat your body well so that you can do 1 and 2. 4- Reflect at the end of the day and see what worked with your highlight so you can select another one for the next day. A simple, fun book with plenty of ideas for how to get things done and make time for your true priorities. (Hint- turn off ALL of your cell phone notifications and hide the phone if you have to.)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Razvan Tugui

    This book will change quite a few "defaults" from my life for sure. I've started to get back my time spent on "infinity pools" and use it to work on my daily highlight instead. If before starting to read the book, I had the compulsory habit of checking Twitter, Facebook and my email, now I'm perfectly fine to check them only once at the end of the day for a few minutes just to see if something important needs my attention. Are days when I don't even open Twitter or email at all. And you know tha This book will change quite a few "defaults" from my life for sure. I've started to get back my time spent on "infinity pools" and use it to work on my daily highlight instead. If before starting to read the book, I had the compulsory habit of checking Twitter, Facebook and my email, now I'm perfectly fine to check them only once at the end of the day for a few minutes just to see if something important needs my attention. Are days when I don't even open Twitter or email at all. And you know that? I didn't missed anything. This fear of missing out we all have, it's just in your imagination. Stop reacting to everything and everyone and start living a more intentional life. Put yourself first, and put others' priorities for yourself second. It sounds selfish, but your attention is your power.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ana Avila

    I hesitated between 3 and 4 stars for this book, so let's say I gave it 3.5 stars. I think the problem was I read the audio version. It's an enjoyable audiobook, but I don't think "Make Time" will be very valuable if you only listen to it. It has too many tips and tricks and it can quickly become overwhelming for someone who's trying to be more productive. Even the eBook would be impractical. If you really want to implement the authors' advice, get a physical copy. Personally, as I am constantly r I hesitated between 3 and 4 stars for this book, so let's say I gave it 3.5 stars. I think the problem was I read the audio version. It's an enjoyable audiobook, but I don't think "Make Time" will be very valuable if you only listen to it. It has too many tips and tricks and it can quickly become overwhelming for someone who's trying to be more productive. Even the eBook would be impractical. If you really want to implement the authors' advice, get a physical copy. Personally, as I am constantly reading productivity books and articles, I didn't find anything revolutionary in this book. It is, though, a good summary of many great productivity tips and tricks.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Noha Basiouny

    I really enjoyed listening to this book and loved those guys. The book revolves around making time for the real things that we mostly procrastinate on day in day out. It is pretty organized and the strategy of Make Time is explained once shortly at the beginning and more fully and in details afterwards in different sections and packed with 80+ different tactics to make every stage of it work the way that suits the reader more. I find it short, direct, deliberate and to the point with no hustle o I really enjoyed listening to this book and loved those guys. The book revolves around making time for the real things that we mostly procrastinate on day in day out. It is pretty organized and the strategy of Make Time is explained once shortly at the beginning and more fully and in details afterwards in different sections and packed with 80+ different tactics to make every stage of it work the way that suits the reader more. I find it short, direct, deliberate and to the point with no hustle or much talking. Every sub title is a 1-4 minute read. I also liked the short personal stories they included here and there and how they worked on their problems using some of the tactics mentioned. The too many tactics made me feel a bit overwhelmed at times yet I believe I'll just follow their advice of "pick just one and test it". The wrap-up part was also very useful. It briefs the idea of the book and they recommend one tactic to use for every step of the strategy to make it easy for the reader to get started. Finally, I liked the idea of the book being written and narrated by two people.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    I enjoy the overall style of this book, and it is such a quick and easy read (made fun with doodles and commentary). Strong intro highlighting the importance of prioritizing what matters (I was underlining a lot of points they made). I like that this book was not one with a 'know-it-all' approach, and acknowledges that it's not expected that readers do every single one of their tactics. A couple of the 87 tactics did resonate with me and I can see myself looking back on them for reference. Many o I enjoy the overall style of this book, and it is such a quick and easy read (made fun with doodles and commentary). Strong intro highlighting the importance of prioritizing what matters (I was underlining a lot of points they made). I like that this book was not one with a 'know-it-all' approach, and acknowledges that it's not expected that readers do every single one of their tactics. A couple of the 87 tactics did resonate with me and I can see myself looking back on them for reference. Many other tactics seemed like common knowledge though. And it did seem like some of them only really applied to their particular lifestyle/careers. Some tips/tactics don't seem transferrable across careers and job fields. Happy to have read it nonetheless, and it was a good reminder of the importance of properly organizing my time and priorities.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Daily

    5 STARS! I loved this book and found it incredibly helpful. I'v e really struggled with finding time to do things that are important to me during the pandemic -- it just seems like one day blends into the next. This book has some fantastic advice on how to slow down those days that just whoosh by without you getting anything done that matters, and that's exactly what I needed right now. I've revamped my entire calendar based on this book -- I'll let you know how it goes. 5 STARS! I loved this book and found it incredibly helpful. I'v e really struggled with finding time to do things that are important to me during the pandemic -- it just seems like one day blends into the next. This book has some fantastic advice on how to slow down those days that just whoosh by without you getting anything done that matters, and that's exactly what I needed right now. I've revamped my entire calendar based on this book -- I'll let you know how it goes.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    Read this book as part of my never ending quest to manage my time effectively. I’ve been giving a lot of thought to my relationship with email and to do lists. This was surprisingly charming and had some really interesting ideas about those things. I plan to try their recommendations about maximizing caffeine. While these men talked about family a small amount, I’m always looking for more about how to prioritize family “highlights” with work “highlights.”

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