Master Your Time
According to authors Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky, “Make Time” is not about crushing your to-do list, optimizing every hour, or maximizing personal productivity. It’s about creating time for your priorities by rethinking the common defaults we succumb to: busyness and distraction.
You may recognize these names. Jake and John are technology designers (think Gmail and YouTube). During their time at Google Ventures, Jake invented the Design Sprint technique, which the duo wrote about in “Sprint: Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days.” They are no strangers to the always-connected culture and back-to-back meeting schedules that leave little time for work and life priorities.
Their Make Time approach is based on four basic steps:
1. Highlight: Start each day by choosing a priority. Ensure you spend time on what matters most and that you don’t lose the day reacting to other people’s priorities.
2. Laser: Beat distraction to make time. Adjust your devices and apps to help you manage the distractions of email, social media, and breaking news.
3. Energize: Use the body to recharge the brain. Reset lifestyle habits to get your energy back.
4. Reflect: Adjust and improve your system. Take the time to decide which tactics you want to continue and which you want to refine or drop.
This is not a one-size-fits-all plan, though. Like a cookbook of recipes, “Make Time” offers 87 tactics for achieving these fundamentals. As you pick and choose what works for you, Make Time becomes “a customized daily system tailored to your unique habits and routines, your unique brain and body, and your unique goals and priorities.” tinyurl.com/MakeTimeKnapp