Episode 38

Laura Vanderkam: Making time for what matters

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How strategic are you with your time, attention and energy? Many successful executives aren’t, surprisingly. Their days are overly busy (some feel proud of this), as if their schedules run their life. They’re racing against the clock, trying to get through never-ending to-do lists. They feel exhausted by the weekend and frustrations fester as they don’t progress important professional or personal projects. Sound familiar? How do you wrestle back control, tackle the chaos and make time for what matters?

My guest in this podcast, Laura Vanderkam, has pioneered approaches to help you do this. An authority on managing time, she advocates time tracking and in her new book Tranquility by Tuesday sets out nine rules to apply to create more time and cut waste.

The best bits of these conversations are captured in my newsletter Strategic Leader.

More about Laura

Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books, including Tranquility by Tuesday: Nine Ways to Calm the Chaos and Make Time for What Matters, along with Juliet’s School of Possibilities, Off the Clock, I Know How She Does It, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast and 168 Hours.

Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and Fortune. She is the host of the podcast Before Breakfast and the co-host, with Sarah Hart-Unger, of the podcast Best of Both Worlds. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and five children, and blogs at lauravanderkam.com

“Open space invites opportunities.”

Laura Vanderkam — writer, author and speaker

VIEW RUNNING ORDER

03.43 The nine rules.
06.23 Applies to everyone.
08.12 Biggest benefits.
10.03 Committing to the process.
12.18 What stops people.
14.48 From hero to wholesome.
17.16 Using it in your team.
19.40 Time tracking.
21.42 The power of intentionality.
24.35 Not being inflexible.
27.44 Impact of hybrid working.
30.02 Her impact.
30.31 Her habits.
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