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Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done

"I well recall a conversation with an executive I hoped to interview about her astonishing productivity. I began our call with an assurance that I would not take much of her time. She laughed. 'Oh, I have all the time in the world,' she said."Most of us feel constantly behind, unsure how to escape feeling oppressed by busyness. Laura Vanderkam, unlike other time-management gurus, believes that in order to get more done, we must first feel like we have all the time in the world. Think about it: why haven't you trained for that 5K or read War and Peace? Probably because you feel beaten down by all the time you don't seem to have.In this book, Vanderkam reveals the seven counterintuitive principles the most time-free people have adopted. She teaches mindset shifts to help you feel calm on the busiest days and tools to help you get more done without feeling overwhelmed. You'll meet people such as... An elementary school principal who figured out how to spend more time mentoring teachers, and less time supervising the cafeteria An executive who builds lots of meeting-free space into his calendar, despite managing teams across multiple continents A CEO who does focused work in a Waffle House early in the morning, so he can keep an open door and a relaxed mindset all day An artist who overcame a creative block, and reached new heights of productivity, by being more gentle with herself, rather than more demandingThe strategies in this book can help if your life feels out of control, but they can also help if you want to take your career, your relationships, and your personal happiness to the next level. Vanderkam has packed this book with insights from busy yet relaxed professionals, including "time makeovers" of people who are learning how to use these tools. Off the Clock can inspire the rest of us to create lives that are not only productive, but enjoyable in the moment....

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  • Stephanie

    This book gave me so much to think & talk about, and I even went back and re-listened to the chapter on relationships after I was done. Her stuff about the Anticipating/experiencing/memory self (and not letting the lazy or stressed “experiencing self” chest the other two) especially hit home for me.

  • Amanda

    In any case, people with all the time in the world know that happiness is a worthy goal. Because how we live our hours is how we live our lives, being happy with our lives means being happy with our hours.

    As I read this, I thought of how full my life is with my husband and son, family and friends, running a library, being on the board for the Junior League, PTO, and a professional organization, Wellspring, church, exercising, all my hobbies (travel, reading, and genealogy), and getting 8 hours ...more

  • Julia

    3.5 stars. I enjoyed this book. It gave me a lot to think about and I hope I can implement some of the tips. The section on how not to be late is very apt for my own life and I really hope I can now start to be on time!

  • Cory Zorker

    This is a great book and I look forward to putting its advice to practice in my day-to-day life. I listened to the unabridged audio version.

    Just like anything else, the more mindful we are in a particular area in our lives (diet, exercise, finance), the better our outcome.

    That's what was so intriguing to me about this book. If I can get a better handle on my time, then I can accomplish more and improve other areas in my life. As the book states, time is the one resource that we all have the same

  • Beth

    Mostly a rehash of ideas she's written about previously, but not as interesting. Lots of content based on a not particularly well explained study with no analysis of uncertainties or whether the results she discussed were significant.

  • Kelly

    While Vanderkam's discussions center around time and time management, the biggest takeaways in this book aren't about time management: they're about effective energy management. As someone who chooses energy management over time management -- this works for me.

    We all have more time than we think, and being "busy" isn't a sign of importance. It's not an award to indicate a level of powerful work. If we looked at our days in thirty minute time chunks, we'd see the holes where "busy" doesn't exist,

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  • Sarah

    Vanderkam on building in quality to the time you create by tracking your time. I'm an LVk fangirl and I liked it. It wasn't life-changing (like at least one of her other books has been for me) but it was good. It could probably have fit on an index card, but I get that she needed to make it a book. Because I read her blog, and get her newsletter, and listen to her podcast, and whatnot, there wasn't much new, but that's not her fault! I need to revisit it at a slightly less chaotic time (though p ...more