#606. 9 Strategies for Managing Your Time | Laura Vanderkam

Ten Percent Happier
June 5, 2023
#606. 9 Strategies for Managing Your Time | Laura Vanderkam
Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris

So many of us suffer over the issue of time management. 

Our guest today approaches the topic from research and personal experience and dives into how we can think more strategically about our time and aspire to build resilient schedules, rather than perfect ones. 

Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books. Her latest is Tranquility by Tuesday: 9 Ways to Calm the Chaos and Make Time for What Matters. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company. Laura’s TED Talk on “How to Gain Control of Your Free Time” has been viewed more than 12 million times, and she also hosts the podcast Before Breakfast. Her previous books include Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done, I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think

In this episode we talk about: 

  • Why time is the great leveler
  • Why time management strategies aren’t only for people lucky enough to set their own schedules 
  • Why Laura’s number one rule in her book is to “give yourself a bedtime” 
  • Why she is a big believer that that weekends and evenings do not have to be work free zones
  • How to use exercise as a reset button during your day
  • Why creating a habit doesn’t have to mean doing it everyday
  • The time management rule that Laura gets the biggest pushback on 
  • And the rule Laura says all the other rules are jealous of

Where to find Laura Vanderkam online: 

Website: lauravanderkam.com

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