on how to use this template.
"A friendly approach to finding focus and energy in your daily life"
is not about crushing your to-do list, optimizing every hour, or maximizing personal productivity. It's about
for what matters by rethinking the defaults of constant busyness and distraction." -
*Note: The creator of this coda doc is not affiliated with Make Time. I just read it, thought it was cool, and put this together based on the website. :D
What is Make Time?
Whether it’s at work or in your personal life, we all want to make more time to focus on the things that matter.
Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky wrote a book called
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
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
to other people’s requests, which leaves little time for you to be
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
in the right direction.
Laser, Energize, Reflect
After defining your highlight,
discusses how you can optimize your environment to focus on your highlight:
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)
- 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.
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.
The Quantified Self
If you are a fan of the
movement, this template is for you. This template allows you to put into practice the tactics discussed in
. 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
and the creators of
, a popular newsletter about experiments in time management." -
Every day click on
to at least write down your highlight.
- Add details by going to
- Check out how you are doing over time in
P.S. If you want help with Laser and Energize you should read the book.