44: Laura Vanderkam – You Have More Time Than You Think

In this episode of Uphill Conversations, we talk with Laura Vanderkam on time management and the choices we make daily and moment-to-moment on how we spend our 168 hours each week.

Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books, including I Know How She Does It, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and 168 Hours. Her work has appeared in publications including Fast Company, Fortune, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and four children, and blogs at LauraVanderkam.com.

Show Notes:

  • When we build the lives we want, time saves itself
  • Everything we do is a choice
  • Choosing how to spend leisure time can be a big challenge
  • Having a “to do” list vs scheduling priorities
  • Annual goal setting, personal and professional, helps align and adhere to your top priorities
  • Don’t just fill time, build intentional breaks into your day where you actually disconnect and mentally recharge
  • Time tracking shines a light on how where you’re losing or wasting hours throughout the day and week
  • Simplify your approach to tracking hours – it doesn’t have to be complicated or highly-detailed
  • Questions you can ask yourself each day in order to be more mindful of how your time is spent
  • Making changes can cause discomfort and challenges for you and others
  • The vast majority of things that upset us today won’t matter in a year or even next week
  • When you do two things at once, you’re often doing neither of them well
  • Impact of giving your full attention to the person in front of you
  • Laura’s Uphill Challenge in her early writing career
  • “Done is better than perfect because there is no perfect without being done”
  • Disciplines Laura uses to get started, build and gain momentum
  • Question of one’s true capacity and value of planning free time
  • “Weekends can be the secret weapon of successful people”
  • When evaluating opportunities, it’s all about what gives you the most energy and fulfillment
  • Laura’s optimism on her new book, her family and the world in general

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No Worries (© 2014 Anderson Music, LLC)
Gotta Move On (© 2014 Anderson Music, LLC)

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