Do your days seem like a continuous blur of busyness, and yet you don’t seem to get much done, nor remember much about how you spent your time?
As a former employee of Google, my guest today worked on the very apps and technology that can often suck away our time. Today, he’s dedicated to figuring out how to push back against these forces to help people take control of their time and attention.
His name is John Zeratsky and he’s the co-author of the book Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day. Today on the show, John shares how the experience of feeling like he was missing months of his life led him to spending years experimenting with his habits and routines, looking for the best ways to to optimize energy, focus, and time. He then shares the simple 4-step daily framework that developed from this research and walks us through that system. John talks about choosing one “highlight” each day to ensure your most important work gets done and that your life is full of memorable moments. He also shares how to reduce the time you spend wading in what he calls “infinity pools,” why energy management is just as important as time management, and how reflection is essential in figuring out if what you’re doing is working.
Lots of valuable direction in this show for how to get your life on track and find more hours and meaning in the day.
- How John’s experience in the tech industry led to a productivity obsession
- Why your life isn’t about what happens, but what you pay attention to
- Why to build “highlights” into your daily life
- Should highlights be work-related or personal?
- How are highlights different from goals?
- How highlights can help you move toward your goals
- Why most time management and self-help advice is intimidating
- Why goals are risky and can actually blind us to the present moment
- The importance of flexibility and forgiveness in your time management
- Ditching your to-do list (and what to replace it with)
- What’s an infinity pool? What makes them so dangerous to our productivity and happiness?
- How to rid your life of infinity pools
- How spending less time on email makes you better at emailing
- The case against fancy time management and productivity tools
- Why energy management is so important
- The case for cooking (and other strenuous/active hobbies)
- How to make time to reflect every day
- Keeping up with this framework day after day
Resources/People/Articles Mentioned in Podcast
- John’s first book: Sprint
- My interview with Adam Alter about why today’s tech is so irresistible
- Getting Things Done by David Allen
- Be a Time Wizard: How to Slow Down and Speed Up Time
- Rapt by Winifred Gallagher
- Make Every Day a Good Day With This Morning Routine
- My interview with Steven Kotler about flow
- 4 Questions to Kill the Fear of Missing Out
- How to Slay the Email Monster
- A Call for a New Strenuous Age
- The Winston Churchill School of Adulthood
- My interview with Tim Wu about the tyranny of convenience
- The Spiritual Disciplines: Self-Examination
- My interview with Charles Duhigg about hacking the habit loop
Connect With John
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