Make Time is a light-hearted guide to help you focus on what really matters in life. Based on their experience developing Gmail and Youtube, the authors offer up a fresh manifesto for creating time for your most important goals and removing modern distractions.
Make Time by Jake Knapp & John Zeratsky
Make Time is a simple and enjoyable guide on modern productivity.
Based around a repeatable 4-step model, Knapp and Zeratsky serve up 87 practical suggestions for Making Time in your schedule from rethinking default settings, redesigning rooms and using coffee strategically. An upbeat read on practical productivity.
Below are some of the key ideas I took from this book:
- Most of our time is spend by default.
- We live in a world of infinity pools (tech) and busy bandwagoning (people)
- In a world of distractions, setting a schedule is not restrictive but liberating.
- You can make time everyday by setting a highlight, using laser focus, energizing body and brain and reflecting on your system for tomorrow.
- Reflecting is iterative. Pick, test, repeat for compound habit change.
- Writing daily Highlights (goals) is the single most important factor in the system.
- You don’t need perfection, just deliberative practice and repetition.
- Use creative solutions to free up your time including blocking, booking, flaking and bulldozing through obstacles.
- Create Laser focus (flow/hyperfocus) by banishing infinity pools, taking control of habits and using creative solutions to diminish non-priorities.
- Setup visible timers, logout of websites, clear your iphone screen, stop watching news/sport, allow yourself to become bored.
- Energize your body, mind and soul with paleo inspired exercise, diet, sleep, stimuli, habits and interpersonal interactions (Sapiens)
- Reflect on your progress daily to observe what works for you. Aim for progression not perfection and small changes will compound into big results.