- JAKE KNAPP & JOHN ZERATSKY
“Make time” is one of the most addictive productivity book I’ve ever read. I was able to finish the book in exactly two days which is so cool!
So lemme tell you something about this awesome book.
It deals with the modern day problems from Working people to all those who face a hard time taking out time out of their “busy” schedule for themselves.
The book is written by two ex google employees, Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky (JZ), these guys have managed to do a very fine work with trying and testing all the different productivity techniques and then bringing them all together in this book for us to benefit.
BUSY BANDWAGONS are basically our daily tasks on our To - do lists
And the INFINITY POOLS or our toys, that is social media, news, emails etc. In a nutshell our go - to spot whenever we have a little spare time in hand and end up wasting time along with with getting more stressed.
The book talks about making just one highlight task for each day and making it a priority to complete the task on that day itself.
According to the book there are four stages in order to Make Time
‘We spend months and years without remembering what special happened on any normal day but if we start assigning one highlight to each day we might make the days rememberable’
Choose your highlight - Which means every night or whenever one gets time, think of a task that doesn’t makes it to our to-do lists but its important enough to make it as your day highlight.
For example- spending time with your children , making dinner for the family or maybe start writing the book you’ve always thought to write
Make time for your highlight - It includes many ideas we can do to make time in our busy days, such as calendar blocking, saying no, becoming a morning person and many more
Laser mode takes up the biggest chunk of the book and why not? It focuses on the tactics to avoid (or if not to avoid then minimise) the distractions from the life in order to focus like a laser beam
It includes so many tricks such as making your iPhone distraction free, staying out of infinity pools, slowing your inbox, watching TV instead of Netflix.
This section of the book made me question my daily habits because we all have (over the time) made a set of habits for ourselves a
nd we don’t even think of anything is wrong with them but in reality most of our daily habits do not comply with the person we are wanting to become.
This part of the book focuses on the things we already know but we choose to turn a blind eye towards them because we don’t find them very comfortable.
It’s about how we can energise our b
ody and our mind, and how important it is to take care of it.
It brings to our knowledge in the form of tactics (off-course!) from which we might try to increase our energy levels to see if it benefits us in anyway.
For example doing exercise, trying guided meditation, effectively using caffeine, going to walk in the woods, eating like a toddler could be of much help to the mind and the body.
It’s a small section asking us to reflect on our days and the tactics and keep a track of the ones that work for us and start including them in our daily habits to see the change.
It has soo many tactics for everything we might want to change in our lives, but We don’t have to use all the tactics at once, We could give some a hit and try to see if they might work of us!
A lot of such printable resources are available on their website!
You can buy the book at amazon
One thing I really liked about this book was it was so much interactive, there are text blocks where the authors shared their real life experiences which makes it fun to read plus the little illustrations in-between the texts adds the brownie points! I would definitely recommend this book to all those looking for a change in their daily habits, it's tactics help me make time in my day for sure and might work for you too!