Off the Clock

May 30, 2018 - Comment

“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

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“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 counter-intuitive 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 demanding  

The 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.

Comments

Katherine Lewis says:

Change your perspective on time – and change your life It’s no exaggeration to say that Laura Vanderkam’s writing has changed my life. Her earlier books forced me to confront my own part in procrastination, avoiding hard tasks and making excuses like “I don’t have the time.” This book – Off the Clock – crystalizes all her earlier writing into an easy-to-follow (though sometimes counterintuitive) set of principles for making the most of your time. The author is a busy journalist, speaker, wife and mother of four, so I suppose it makes sense…

Meghan says:

Practical and philosophical Both practical and philosophical, Off the Clock is my favorite Vanderkam book to date. It comes at just the right time — as I’m trying to make the most of some big life changes. A great balance of interviews, data, and personal anecdotes, Off the Clock is full of ideas you can implement immediately, as well as ways to reframe the way you look at your time and your life. I’m a working parent with a creative side hustle, and this book makes me feel relaxed about what I want to accomplish, not…

Emma Johnson says:

Fantastic writing, life-changing reporting. I have been a fan of Laura’s work for years and her latest book does not disappoint. Excellently written and reported as usual, Off The Clock challenges our culture about what is possible to accomplish in a single day, much less lifetime. Highly recommend.

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