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Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day

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From the New York Times bestselling authors of Sprint, a simple 4-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
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Hardcover, 287 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Currency
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Cindy
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great reminder to prioritize your life around your passions and values rather than reacting to what other people/your job/society demands from you. It's a better way of redefining productivity to what suits you, not for the sake of busywork. I'm not rating it 5 stars because I don't consider the book to be life-changing or providing any new advice, but I still think it is a solid read with a personable writing style and enjoyed the framework that the authors outlined, which I plan on referenci ...more
Imola
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Make Time was a game-changer for me. It gave me permission to work on my own priorities instead of reacting to everyone else's. I was a test reader for this book and had the chance to practice the techniques for the past 6 months. I have to say, I've noticed a big change in not just how I work but also what I consider important.

One of my biggest fears in life is the sense that I'm not using my time in the best way that I can. There's so much I want to make time for but it just never works out -
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MIKE
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I first finished the book, my gut was a 3-star review for 'good' but not really adding to the conversation from other treatise on productivity and focus - then, I started to experiment and implement some of the suggestions. I tried removing email and Safari from my iphone, setting an intention outside my normal routines, and planning more of my day outside of work - and decided to up the book to 4 stars. I don't think Make Time breaks new ground, but it does take a lot of strong concepts an ...more
Hamad
Dec 16, 2020 rated it liked it
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“Believe in your Highlight: It is worth prioritizing over random disruption.”


I am actually someone who is very good at time management and I have always been asked how do you manage to do that. I was curious if there was a way to make me even better at that and that’s why I decided to read this one. I can say that the book was easy to read and kind of organized but it did not add much to my knowledge.

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Katy
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Here’s an embarrassing fact about me- most self help books rub me the wrong way because I hate being criticized and I hate being told what to do. My petty self has abandoned many a non fiction advice book for ‘tone’ issues. Luckily for me, something about this book resonated and I was able to accept their suggestions as helpful logic that I could choose to employ myself, or not. Maybe it was something about their little doodle faces but Jake and JZ came across as friendly and non judgemental. Ma ...more
Tim Lancaster
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Solid. Much of the advice is not necessarily new, but it is presented simply and in a memorable framework.
Zoë
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I started this book almost six months ago, and really enjoyed the beginning. It provides some helpful productivity advice in a light and breezy writing style. There's nothing really groundbreaking here, but I still found it helpful: the key ideas are to choose one Highlight for each day, use various techniques to increase your focus (often by reducing distractions) and increase your energy, and refine your process continuously by reflecting on what works and what doesn't. Many of the techniques ...more
Robin
We read Cal Newport's Deep Work recently for book club at work, and I thought I'd supplement it with this while I was engaged in a concerted effort to be more thoughtful about the way I apply my attention, to what, and why. This is a fast read that works quite well as a peppy companion volume to Newport's more discursive approach.

In fact, this book is almost disastrously cheerful. The bright yellow case wrap framing the open book in your hands, the cartoonish illustrations, and the chat-bubble
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Katie
So I went into this book like I usually do with these kind of books: Take what works and ignore the rest. And, for the most part, the authors do a good job of catering to that attitude. There's generally an attitude of "try it!" and they don't use all of the same tactics that self. Two caveats:

1. They assume you're neurotypical. There isn't acknowledgment of the extra challenges some of us face.
2. They assume you have a certain kind of professional job. I mean, first they assume you HAVE an offi
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Vuk Trifkovic
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
In which two people who worked very hard on making all these apps tell you how to put in the effort to ignore the said apps in order not to go completely insane.

Some good tips. Some typical SV bullshit. I suspect very useful and effective though.
Kair Käsper
This is a useful, but superficial book from the authors of Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days. The opus tries to capture all of the popular nuggets on productivity, sleep, diet, meditation, fitness and put them into one. As a result it reads like a collection of blog articles and should be taken as such.

I’d say roughly half of the book stems from the authors’ personal experience and the other half is based on second-hand scientific truths from popular writers
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Sebastian Gebski
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is exactly what I expect from Silicon Valley guys writing about focus, avoiding distraction, and effective time management. They don't dive into psychological details, brain composition, elephants, riders, etc. - instead they provide a simple mental model, full of catchy phrases and good comparisons/metaphors (e.g. infinity pool). Some may call it shallow, but ... in fact it's what works in many cases.

The book is short, funny, enjoyable. It's composition is very simple and really help
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Christina Pilkington
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you obsessively read organization and productivity books like I do, I don't think you will find anything ground-breaking or new in Make Time. But it's a good reinforcement and encouragement in good time management habits with a few interesting tips and tricks for focusing on the most important priorities in your life.

The book breaks down its simple formula for Making Time: the Highlight, Lasar Focus, Energize, and Reflect. It's premise is that if you take one chunk of 60-90 minutes per day t
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Isabelle | Nine Tale Vixen
The organization of this book is super intuitive, with high-level explanations followed by specific research and suggestions. In addition to personal anecdotes and examples from the authors, as well as fun visuals and further reading for the nerds who can't get enough, there are almost 90 tactics to test for yourself — the emphasis is on figuring out what works for you, one accessible step at a time.

Obviously, you're only ever going to get as much out of a book like this as you're willing to ap
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Mehrsa
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are some good tips in here that will help increase productivity, but the book is a compilation of tips from a whole bunch of other books. I usually prefer to go to the source, which here would be Duhigg's Habit books, the Deep Work book, and Rapt. ...more
Karis
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Useful and practical advice about honoring our priorities in life, written in a personable and humorous style.
Paige Blue
Feb 20, 2021 rated it did not like it
Here’s a quick summary of this book: delete social media. delete Netflix. Boom, you have more time to do other things.
Azita Rassi
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable book with lots of helpful practical tips. I look forward to using some of the suggested tactics in 2019, and I might want to listen to this book again. The audiobook was delightfully performed, too. A great book to put an end to a great year of reading.
Erin
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a public librarian, who prefers borrowing books over purchasing them, this is one I’m considering buying for keeps. It’s logical, simple, easily digestible, and doesn’t ask for the moon. I highly recommend to anyone who feels overwhelmed at work, at home, in life, etc.
Dan Connors
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-books
This is a breezy little book with cute illustrations that covers an important topic- how to not waste your life. There are so many more distractions now than just a generation ago. The authors call them the busy bandwagon and the infinity pools. They reflect the infinite time-wasters that occupy a majority of our lives- from spending too much time on emails and You Tube videos to watching television.

In our immersive world, they have a deceptively simple system to make sure that you get the most
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Christine
The content of this book is not revolutionary for those familiar with popular time management literature (i.e. limit the number of things you focus on each day, limit distractions such as technology, eat healthy food and exercise regularly, and reflect and adapt accordingly). However, the book uses clever labels and fun illustrations for well-worn concepts and packages the dense literature about maximizing time into an easy, accessible read. The ultimate takeaway is we can be more productive by ...more
Lisa Daily
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
5 STARS! I loved this book and found it incredibly helpful. I'v e really struggled with finding time to do things that are important to me during the pandemic -- it just seems like one day blends into the next. This book has some fantastic advice on how to slow down those days that just whoosh by without you getting anything done that matters, and that's exactly what I needed right now. I've revamped my entire calendar based on this book -- I'll let you know how it goes. ...more
Adriza
Dec 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my book of the year ❤️
It gave me happiness because it helped me incrementally make changes, quit bad habits cold turkey, and document my efforts. Could I ask for more? I probably could but then I'd be biting off more I can chew, heh.
I'd suggest reading this with Atomic Habits and Almanac of Naval Ravikant. If you want to externally transform yourself, these are the thrilling trio I would recommend (I probably need this for future me too).
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BG_Comedian
Oct 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Another fun audiobook done!

Typically, time management books mostly comprised of tips & tricks that you read, personalized the list to fit the lifestyle that's working. The interesting of the book was that this was written by two guys from Silicon Valley, which meant they were in a heavy tech environment more than the others. For them to avoid using technology? that looked opposite! The au
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Julienne Reads
Sep 04, 2022 rated it it was amazing
"Start 'Someday' today... Don't wait for 'someday' to make time for what makes you come alive."

This was so easy to read. There's something about their writing that makes you want to listen and 'trust' them. They feel like friends who honestly just wants to share a good thing that happened to them so that it can happen to you too. I was honestly thinking of giving this 4 stars because some of the tips are already redundant if you have read the other books mentioned in this book plus they just fee
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Bartosz Majewski
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business
Very good book. It's an actionable toolkit for finding time in our busy lives for things that really matter for us. By the end of this week, I will implement at least 20 tactics I've found in it. It's been less than 24 hours since I started to read it (I've finished quickly, it's short) and I've already started to feel positive changes from what I have implemented. Good stuff. Highly recommended. I've listened to an audiobook on audible, this book works in this medium well. ...more
Donald
Jul 19, 2022 rated it it was ok
Shelves: the-computer
I think one solid article about the concept of a design sprint would have been fine for me. It cost me $2 though so whatever.
Filip Šimek
Sep 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Not my favorite kind of literature....maybe even the opposite. But I really enjoyed reading this one. Witty, practical and very human - these would be the three words to describe it. I even adapted some of the techniques and ideas presented in this book to my everyday life and I can really see a difference.
Good one! In the "self-help" category 5 starzzz!!!
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queerpoetssociety_
4.75*

I gained so much more whilst reading this the second time.

With the average person spending four-plus hours a day on their smartphone and another four-plus hours watching TV shows, distraction is quite literally a full-time job.

A simple self-help book to make you understand how to prioritise what matters in life and how to 'make time' for it, this is a must-read. I was reading some Goodreads reviews before writing my own one and many people stated that this isn't a very life-changing book an
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Prashob
Jun 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
Few really good ideas sprinkled all over such as:
->design your day night before or early morning,block your calenders.
->Free yourself from busy bandwagons and infinity pools.
->Identify time craters and avoid them.
->Optimize caeffine.
->Empty Emails once a week.
->Combine number of small tasks together and complete in single batch to save time.
The prime point is To HIGHLIGHT->LASER->REFLECT
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ENERGIZE
Hence the book is quite superficial reads like collection of blogposts and isn't well researched
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