- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Currency (September 25, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0525572422
- ISBN-13: 978-0525572428
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day Hardcover – September 25, 2018
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“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 fulfill us. Essential reading for anyone who wants to create a happier, more successful life. –Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness Project and The Four Tendencies
“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
"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 favor of time away from work. Especially useful for me was the guidance on e-mail. It turns out that being slow to respond is a terrific way to take control of your time. (Sorry, colleagues.)" -Harvard Business Review
“In today’s fast-paced, technology-saturated world, readers are sure to glean insights from this powerful book.” —Booklist, starred review
About the Author
JAKE KNAPP and JOHN ZERATSKY are obsessed with the idea of redesigning time. 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 10 years at Google and Google Ventures, where he created the design sprint process. He has since run more than 150 sprints with companies including Nest, Slack, 23andMe, and Flatiron Health. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and sons.
JOHN has written for the Wall Street Journal, Time, Harvard Business Review, Wired, Fast Company, and many more publications. For nearly fifteen years, he was a designer at technology companies, including YouTube and Google Ventures. Originally from Wisconsin, John and his wife now live aboard their sailboat, "Pineapple."
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There's a real line between being a productive person, and being a productivity person. Someone who focuses on so many "hacks" or ways to get more out of every second, that efficiency in and of itself becomes to goal to the expense of everything else. That may be useful in a manufacturing job, but in our daily lives, there is surely more.
This is where Make Time really shines. Far from being a mad dash to some invisible finish line, Make Time provides simple, easy to read tools that can be used to refocus on what truly makes you happy. The book is written as a bit of a toolbox, meant to allow you to take pieces that work for you, and leave the ones that don't. Using that approach has massively improved my lifestyle.
As an example, after reading a few chapters in Make Time, I started having a morning ritual with my wife of making a hot cup of herbal tea, nuts, and cheese. Meanwhile, we would rearrange our chairs in our front room to face the sun and talk about what our highlights would be for the day as we watched the sunrise over the mountains, wrapped up in warm blankets. After that, I would perform a quick 7-minute exercise, ready to hit the day with a plan and energy to do it. I would frequently take a mental break in the middle of the workday, even giving myself opportunities to nap in my building's cell phone booths (with a visible 15-minute timer for passersby) to recharge my batteries and finish the workday hard. Then, on the ride home, I would meditate, newly recharging my brain and allowing myself to move on from work and to be truly present at home. Probably most importantly, I turned off almost all notifications on my phone. I noticed that when I was home, I was way more proactive spending time with my wife, getting things done around the house, and engaging in meaningful and fulfilling hobbies.
My story isn't all that unique, but it has all amounted to huge changes in my quality of life. All of the things I mentioned above are simple changes that were integrated over time, I'm positive that if you pick up this book and try out its experiments, you too will find something in there that will help you become more present, more fulfilled, and more able to enjoy everyday life.
In some ways, this book is the opposite of elaborate systems such as Getting Things Done (GTD), in that the framework is simple and the book provides a rich menu of tactics from which to choose. This way, as the reader, you can experiment and figure out which tactics work best for you.
For anyone who has sensed days and weeks slip away while extremely busy, but without accomplishing things that truly matter, I enthusiastically recommend Make Time.
Similar to how Sprint digests Design Thinking into a set of structured activities to drive repeatability and improve outcomes, Make Time, digests all the various time management and productivity hacks into a digestible and actionable set of tools designed to easily be mixed and matched based on personal preference.
If you are like me and always in search of fun hacks to improve your productivity and reduce distractions, check out Make Time. I hope you love it as much as I do.
Also, check out Time Dorks. It's a blog that Jake and John have been writing for a long time and the genesis for Make Time.
In their bestseller Sprint, the authors shared a process for designing successful new products. In Make Time, they also share a process--this time for personal productivity--but their solutions go far beyond the typical "tips and tricks" of the genre. Make Time proposes a new mindset--and even lifestyle changes--that reorient your relationship to information, tasks, time, and work.
They provide plenty of tips and tricks, of course. In fact, the bulk of the book is made up of small insights and ideas you can try in your own work. The difference with Make Time is that the tips and tricks are mostly suggestions rather than rules. The authors encourage you to skip around, try a few, and find out what works best for you. They even explain where they themselves differ in behavior, and why they each choose different strategies in that case.
Ultimately the measure of a productive life is that you feel fulfilled by how you spend your days. Make Time is a great tool for making that happen.