John Zeratsky is a speaker, designer, entrepreneur, and bestselling author of "Make Time: How to Focus on what Matters Every Day, Sprint."
This is a re-broadcast. The episode originally ran in October 2018.  Do your days seem like a continuous blur of busyness, and yet you don’t seem to get much done, nor remember much about how you spent your time? As a former employee of Google, my guest today worked on the very apps and technology that can often suck away our time. Today, he’s dedicated to figuring out how to push back against these forces to help people take control of their time and attention. His name is John Zeratsky and he’s the co-author of the book Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day. Today on the show, John shares how the experience of feeling like he was missing months of his life led him to spending years experimenting with his habits and routines, looking for the best ways to to optimize energy, focus, and time. He then shares the simple 4-step daily framework that developed from this research and walks us through that system. John talks about choosing one “highlight” each day to ensure your most important work gets done and that your life is full of memorable moments. He also shares how to reduce the time you spend wading in what he calls “infinity pools,” why energy management is just as important as time management, and how reflection is essential in figuring out if what you’re doing is working. Lots of valuable direction in this show for how to get your life on track and find more hours and meaning in the day.See for privacy information.
If you’ve ever wanted more time in your day, then do we have the Make Time show for you! Today I’ll be talking with John Zeratsky, the best-selling co-author of Sprint, along with Jake Knapp, and the co-author of a new favorite book on time, Make Time. And that’s just what I want to talk with him about today, about how to bulldoze your calendar, and focus on what matters, every day.   Key Points Discussed: How did John start working with Google and YouTube? How did he begin his own time experiments? What are infinity pools and how do they suck away your time? What’s the busy bandwagon and how does it affect our time? What does it mean most of our time is spent in “default”? What’s the difference between being productive and doing the most important work? How do we handle our email on our smart phones? What’s a distraction free iPhone? What is a design sprint and how does it help us get things done? What’s a high priority goal? What’s it mean to start one’s day with a high priority goal? What are the four steps to find and make more time in your day? What’s it mean to highlight? What does it mean to laser, and how does it help us beat distraction? How do we use the body to recharge the brain? What’s it mean to reflect to adjust and improve our system? How is perfectionism a distraction? How do we choose what to focus on first? What’s the danger with to-do lists? Can becoming a morning-person change your life? How can timers transform our day? What’s a time timer (   Additional Resources:  …….   For free meditations, weekly tips, stories, and similar shows visit:   To support the show and get even more great tools, tips, and behind-the-scenes access, visit:   And to follow Inspire Nation (and the lives of Michael and Jessica) on Instagram, go to
This week we're talking about time management. But wait! I know you *think* you've heard everything there is to hear about how to get more done and optimize your time! But my guest, writer, speaker, and designer John Zeratsky is going to shake up your whole world when it comes to the question of how much time do you have *and* how are you spending it. In this episode, John and I talk about what to do when you're "losing" time, how to get yourself out of the busy-filled cycles so many of us exist in, how to let things go AND STILL get things done (because we aren't trying to throw our ambition baby out with the bathwater!) and how to figure out a system that works for YOU and allows you to focus on what matters most to YOU. (Yes. Those capital YOU's matter because this isn't about following someone else's prescription of How To Do Everything.) Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!! Show Notes: Connect with Tiffany on Insta Get Tiffany's newsletter and stay in the know  RSVP for the 5 Day Claim Your Thing challenge Inner Circle VIP list (for early-bird applications) Connect with John:Website | Twitter | Linkedin | Medium Making Time by John Zeratsky and Jake Knapp Sprint by John Zeratsky, Jake Knapp, and Braden Kowitz Lost in Startuplandia by Keller Fitzsimmons
After a career as a designer in the tech industry, John Zeratsky became obsessed with the idea of re-designing time. He’s a writer who has written multiple books and his work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Time, Harvard Business Review, Wired, Fast Company, and many others. In this episode, among other things, we discuss his newest book, Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day.Need help with completing your goals in 2019? The One You Feed Transformation Program can help you accomplish your goals this year.But wait – there’s more! The episode is not quite over!! We continue the conversation and you can access this exclusive content right in your podcast player feed. Head over to our Patreon page and pledge to donate just $10 a month. It’s that simple and we’ll give you good stuff as a thank you!n This Interview, John Zeratsky and I Discuss…His book, Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every DayUnderstanding the limits on will-powerSetting up our world around us so it’s easier to make the right decisionsCreating more time in your day for the things you care aboutThe two powerful forces that compete every day for our time“The Busy Bandwagon”The Infinity PoolsQuestioning the “defaults” in our scheduleCreating a highlight for every dayLiving a “someday” lifeFinding more meaningful momentsUrgency, Satisfaction, JoyBatch the little stuffLaser modeTaking back control of your time and energyCreating barriers to distractionManaging your energyBuilding your energyFocusing on the process not the outcomeJohn Zeratsky LinksHomepageTwitterThe Great Sources Plus gives in-depth knowledge on a variety of topics like psychology, science, philosophy, cooking, photography and more. Watch or listen to a course whenever, wherever for FREE. To start your free trial now go to The number one app that helps you meditate, sleep and relax. For a limited time, get 25% off a Calm premium subscription – giving you access to ALL their content – at
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