Audiobook Review: Make Time by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky

Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day
by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky

Publication date: September 25th 2018
Publisher: Penguin Audio


From the New York Times bestselling authors of Sprint, a simple 4-step system for improving focus, finding greater joy in your work, and getting more out of every day

Nobody ever looked at an empty calendar and said, “The best way to spend this time is by cramming it full of meetings!” or got to work in the morning and thought, Today I’ll spend hours on Facebook! Yet that’s exactly what we do. Why?
In a world where information refreshes endlessly and the workday feels like a race to react to other people’s priorities faster, frazzled and distracted has become our default position. But what if the exhaustion of constant busyness wasn’t mandatory? What if you could step off the hamster wheel and start taking control of your time and attention? That’s what this book is about.
As creators of Google Ventures’ renowned “design sprint,” Jake and John have helped hundreds of teams solve important problems by changing how they work. Building on the success of these sprints and their experience designing ubiquitous tech products from Gmail to YouTube, they spent years experimenting with their own habits and routines, looking for ways to help people optimize their energy, focus, and time. Now they’ve packaged the most effective tactics into a four-step daily framework that anyone can use to systematically design their days. Make Time is not a one-size-fits-all formula. Instead, it offers a customizable menu of bite-size tips and strategies that can be tailored to individual habits and lifestyles.
Make Time isn’t about productivity, or checking off more to-dos. Nor does it propose unrealistic solutions like throwing out your smartphone or swearing off social media. Making time isn’t about radically overhauling your lifestyle; it’s about making small shifts in your environment to liberate yourself from constant busyness and distraction.
A must-read for anyone who has ever thought, If only there were more hours in the day…, Make Time will help you stop passively reacting to the demands of the modern world and start intentionally making time for the things that matter.

Source: Goodreads


“Perfection is a distraction—another shiny object taking your attention away from your real priorities.”

“Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day” is a book intended to help you make the most out of your life – to stop wasting time scrolling the internet, binging TV shows and answering emails at the drop of a hat.

At first I did find myself enjoying this book and felt that there were a few ideas that I could use in my day to day life, but what continued was basically a long list of tips, which doesn’t make for a particularly interesting or engaging read and I soon lost interest. The list of 80+ ideas didn’t feel very well researched and seemed instead to be a list of things that the authors have personally tried over the years, including some things they said didn’t work for them, which seemed odd inclusions!

It’s not a ground-breaking read, the key message is that we spend too much time communicating with the outside world and not enough time in the moment. The authors work in the tech industry and they spend a good portion of this book giving instructions on how to change settings on your phone or email provider. They tell you to get rid of your TV, to delete all your apps and to only reply to messages once a day. I did feel like some of the tips were being given with the expectation that the reader is a bit of an idiot as the vast majority were not novel or surprising ideas, many were also quite extreme and not practical in today’s society.

I listened to this book in audiobook format and I don’t think it worked very well, even though the authors both narrated it and clearly had a lot of passion. I think in print it would be easier to flip through this list as and when you need a little help.

I’m sure this book is useful for some and I have to admit that there were some parts that I’ve taken on board, but in general I didn’t take a lot from it and probably wouldn’t recommend it.

Overall rating: “Make Time is a short book intended to help you make the most of life through a series of tips. I liked a few of the points but overall I didn’t take much from it – a 2 star read for me.

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