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

"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 Better)

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

Critic Reviews

"As someone obsessed with time and how to spend it wisely, I loved this fun and useful book. Not your normal productivity fare." (Ev Williams, founder of Medium and Twitter)

"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)

“In today’s fast-paced, technology-saturated world, readers are sure to glean insights from this powerful book.” (Booklist, starred review)

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it's awesome but not to use it in audible.

You cannot see a lot of pics, so I don't recomend this book in audible, you loose one of tho most important parts.

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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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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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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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Great for motivated individuals who can’t EXECUTE!

These guys really help you to get your ducks in a row. It’s accessible—practical advice that has assisted me in getting to my next level professionally.

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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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Good read and advice

They do a great job of breaking down the techniques simply and in a way you can actually implement in life. Things will be a challenge but seems worth the work.

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Good System for Self-Development

The authors synthesize tips and tactics from the self-help, lifestyle design, and pop neuroscience genres. The end result is three hypotheses and one reflection:
1) Life will not slip by if you set a dedicated 60-90 min time block for a “highlight” each day.
2) Block out distractions of the modern era to protect your “highlight” so that you focus on on thing at a time.
3) Build sustainable sleep, diet, and exercise habits so that you have the energy to enjoy your highlight and time with loved ones.
4) Apply the scientific method on yourself, performing experiments in each of the three hypothesis above.

The authors could have gone without their corny humor and organized the book better. Specifically, I believe they should have taken more time to generalize across the laundry list of tips and spelled out the “Make time” system better.
Overall, the authors have assembled the most comprehensive and yet simple assembly of lifestyle design tips I have found. I believe the most unique and powerful takeaway from the book is to practice the daily system of determining tomorrow’s “highlight” and using the calendar and freedom app to make it happen.
Best paired with “Atomic Habits” by James Clear and Cal Newport’s books for execution. Add in Tim Ferris’ “Four Hour Workweek” and David Goggin’s “Can’t Hurt Me” for mindset.

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I listen to the book multiple times and every time I get more nuggets of information. The advise is simple and easily applicable. Recommended read if you are looking to take back control of your life and live in peace. This of course if you apply the tactics in the book.

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Typical Techniques for Increasing Productivity

There isn't anything original about concepts and techniques. It is probably useful for those who haven't read any books on productivity or time management. The basic premise is to repeat these 4 steps:
1. Identify a daily goal
2. Focus on the daily goal (such a scheduling time on your calendar)
3. Energize (health and sleep)
4. Reflect, meditate

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