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Make Time

How to Focus on What Matters Every Day
Written by: Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky
Narrated by: Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky
Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: Business & Money, Careers
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"A charming manifesto - as well as an intrepid do-it-yourself guide to building smart habits that stick. If you want to achieve more (without going nuts), read this book." (Charles Duhigg, best-selling author of The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster)

From the New York Times best-selling authors of Sprint, a simple four-step system for improving focus, finding greater joy in your work, and getting more out of every day. 

Nobody ever looked at an empty calendar and said, "The best way to spend this time is by cramming it full of meetings!" or got to work in the morning and thought, "Today I'll spend hours on Facebook!" Yet that's exactly what we do. Why?  

In a world where information refreshes endlessly and the workday feels like a race to react to other people's priorities faster, frazzled and distracted has become our default position. But what if the exhaustion of constant busyness wasn't mandatory? What if you could step off the hamster wheel and start taking control of your time and attention? That's what this book is about.  

As creators of Google Ventures' renowned "design sprint", Jake and John have helped hundreds of teams solve important problems by changing how they work. Building on the success of these sprints and their experience designing ubiquitous tech products from Gmail to YouTube, they spent years experimenting with their own habits and routines, looking for ways to help people optimize their energy, focus, and time. Now they've packaged the most effective tactics into a four-step daily framework that anyone can use to systematically design their days. Make Time is not a one-size-fits-all formula. Instead, it offers a customizable menu of bite-size tips and strategies that can be tailored to individual habits and lifestyles.  

Make Time isn't about productivity, or checking off more to-dos. Nor does it propose unrealistic solutions like throwing out your smartphone or swearing off social media. Making time isn't about radically overhauling your lifestyle; it's about making small shifts in your environment to liberate yourself from constant busyness and distraction.  

A must-listen for anyone who has ever thought, "If only there were more hours in the day", Make Time will help you stop passively reacting to the demands of the modern world and start intentionally making time for the things that matter.

©2018 Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky (P)2018 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"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. Make Time is essential reading for anyone who wants to create a happier, more successful life." (Gretchen Rubin, best-selling author of The Happiness Project and The Four Tendencies)

"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, best-selling coauthor of The Power of Moments)

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Eating their own dog food

The Make Time book is a cookbook of recipes to disrupt your own "fake win"-seeking "default" behaviours and enable you to instead focus on what is important to you. I liked the fact that the authors had a happy ending in that they applied their own tactics in order to change their own lives. What the authors were doing when they started the book is not what they were doing when they finished it -- and they transformed their lives little-by-little by following the tactics enumerated in this book. Initially, I found the switching between authors voices to be jarring, but eventually became accustomed to it as the book went on.

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quick read packed with great advice and actionable tactics

Looking forward to putting these tactics to work... Recommended to those who find themselves constantly distracted from what they really want to do and accomplish.

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Simple and Effective

This is a great, easy listen packed with advice that, for me, felt simple yet insightful and helpful. I chose it on a whim as my next Audible read, and found it to be a very motivating and delightful listen. The two authors used themselves and the principal guinea pigs in developing a lot of their tactics (though they also reference studies and their work experience leading teams at Google and Youtube), and the personal examples which often worked for one but not the other really helped to humanize these tactics, deeming them feasible but not over-simplified, cookie-cutter methods. The style of the book is a mix between almost bullet-form, numbered tactics followed by explanations/elaborations.

I felt most impacted by the boundaries that the authors suggested we place between us and our technological traps, or 'infinity pools', as referenced in the book, and by the emphasis that was placed on the power of prioritizing. There was great insight into how the mindless spending of our time is time directly taken away from our priorities- which don't have to be, and often are not necessarily work-related. I already feel that my days have become more productive and that these practices will only grow and become more sustainable with time. Definitely will listen again to refresh my brain on further tactics as I make progress and wish to implement more!

Also, the authors have a great reading pace with a pleasant, charismatic tone!

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  • bobby
  • 2018-11-02

A few good ideas...

Great energy in the read. Overall it was nothing new. It would have been helpful to have more examples of daily highlights. That's the biggest takeaway for me but I'm struggling to find meaningful highlights and would benefit from some guidance.

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  • Elena G
  • 2018-11-29

Real life advice from real people

I read many books about efficiency and time management and many of them tell you right things - stop doing this and that, focus on what matters to you but they don't tell you HOW. The most precious thing is TIME. It doesn't matter where you focus is if your time isn't allocated correctly to be committed to your goals. This book specifically describes ~90 rules to help you shut down the noise, raise productivity and efficiency and make time for whatever you want to focus on. Some steps are easy, others are tricky but they actually work!

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  • David Alvo
  • 2019-03-10

good for newbies

if you have read James clear or any gtd book won't find anything new. I personally preferred focus hyperfocus by Chris Bailey

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  • Brad
  • 2019-02-04

Quick and easy

This was a really easy listen that I really like but felt that I need a paper copy to get the most out of it.

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  • Jeff Shimer
  • 2019-01-24

Awesome book with many, many great suggestions.

Excellent book by 2 fascinating guys. Lots of science backed research from many different fields to give you a simple, executable system to improve your life!

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  • enrique
  • 2019-10-19

What I learned from this book

The new screen time options on the iPhone are my friend. Infinity pools are my enemy. Those two things alone have allowed me to make time and focus on the things that matter. The whole book is great, and I plan to use most of the ideas they presented. In order for me to do that I have to just do a few of them really well at a time. Right now that is avoiding infinity pools and setting up my screen time to be disciplined. Thanks J.Z and Jake. 👌🏿

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  • S. Parker
  • 2019-08-28

Practical advice fobeing effective and disciplined

I always appreciate when the authors are the narrators for the audiobook. Their long list of tactics gives everyone an opportunity to try ones that fit them.

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  • Josh
  • 2019-06-20

Practical Solutions

Right away I knew this was one of the most important Books I had read this year.
Filled with practical solutions I started implementing immediately, where as other books I’ve read (self-improvement and otherwise) focus more so on why the phenomenon of the modern world occurs, why novelty smart phones are such a challenging distraction etc. this book forgoes l a lot of that exclamation and jumps right into practical workarounds.

Removing the email and browser from my smart phone, and only accessing those things from my laptop is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. My mental competency is vastly improved I feel like I can think clearly for the first time in who knows how long.

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  • Victoria Seng
  • 2019-06-12

Great book - wish I'd bought the print edition

unless you're taking notes as you go along, you'd probably be better off actually reading the print copy - though I did enjoy the narration! Maybe some companion PDFs would have made the audiobook a better buy.

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  • bubba85
  • 2019-06-07

tips!!!!

has a good variety of ways for everyone!!!! makes it relatable n simple to follow any of them.