"A friendly approach to finding focus and energy in your daily life"
"Make Time is not about crushing your to-do list, optimizing every hour, or maximizing personal productivity. It's about creating time for what matters by rethinking the defaults of constant busyness and distraction." -
that’s all about this topic: making time. Jake and John both work in the tech industry and have experimented with all sorts of habits, routines, and tricks to make more time in their day. The main message behind the book is that it is possible to redesign how you spend your day so that you can focus on adding value to one thing and one thing only. It starts with the highlight.
Choosing Your Highlight
What is a highlight? It’s the answer to the question: “What’s the highlight of my day?” It could be a project you’ve been wanting to tackle at work, or an activity at home you’ve been wanting to do. The great thing about the highlight
is that even if your day is not going that well, your highlight gives you comfort that something went right that day.
During the workday, you may spend a lot of time reacting to other people’s requests, which leaves little time for you to be proactive with what you’re making time for. Trying to remove all distractions from your day is like saying tomorrow you will lose 100 pounds if you decide to go on a diet. Having a highlight is your north star so that if you do fall into bad habits during the day (checking social media, e-mail), mentally knowing the highlight can be the nudge to
After defining your highlight, Make Time discusses how you can optimize your environment to focus on your highlight:
Laser - Willpower is not enough to remove all distractions from your environment. Create physical barriers to allow you to laser in on your highlight (e.g. delete social media apps)
Energize - We are stuck in front of our computers all day, but for most of human history we moved around, talked to people, and ate natural foods. Apply these same concepts to give you the energy you need to focus.
Reflect - Make Time has 87 tactics for you to experiment with. Each day you can try a different tactic, and reflect on what worked and what didn’t work.
movement, this template is for you. This template allows you to put into practice the tactics discussed in Make Time. Set your highlight, tweak your Laser and Energy, try different tactics, and log everything daily in this template. Each day as you log your highlights, analytics will begin to appear showing you whether you made time for your highlight each day, along with the Laser and Energy you logged each day.
About the Authors
"Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky were designers in the tech industry who became obsessed with the idea of redesigning time. They're the authors of the New York Times bestseller