A Make Time: How To Focus On What Matters Every Day

Goodday, flocks, and welcome to readinghabit.net. I hope you're having a good time. This time, the book shows us how to set aside time and attention for tasks that we like in our everyday lives.


Author description: Jake Knapp and John Zaritsky both use to work for google. Their first book, Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Five Days, was a New York Times best-seller. They both write a blog at https://maketime.blog/, which I strongly recommend you to read.

This isn't a productivity book. Even if it isn't about getting more done, doing tasks faster, or outsourcing your life. Instead, it's a framework for helping us make more time in our day for the things that matter to us, whether it's spending time with our family, learning a new language, or acquiring new skills. The task that we enjoy or for which we have sufficient time.


According to Jake and JZ, two extremely powerful forces compete for every minute of our time in the twenty-first century. The first is what they use a term called "Busy Bandwagon," and the second is the “Infinity pools”. Now you're probably wondering what busy bandwagon and Infinity pools are. Let's have a look at their definitions.

Busy Bandwagon means a culture of constant busyness in the modern world and refers to the hectic culture of modern societies. We're expected to respond quickly to everything, from emails to new projects. We keep trying to pack more into our schedule for fear of falling behind. On the other hand, Infinity Pools mean programmers and other forms of material never run out of things that you can pull up to refresh. Newsfeeds, social media, and video games, for example.


" Being more productive didn't mean I was doing the most important work; it only meant I was reacting to other people's priorities faster "


You must now be wondering about two things. Busy Bandwagons and Infinity Pools, but how to get out of this that the author has given four steps. These steps are the fame of this book, and if you create them, you can easily make time for yourself or we can make time for what matters in a day. The steps are below.

If we follow these four steps, I am convinced that we will find time for the things that matter most in our life and work. These methods came in handy on a day when I needed to finish or complete many jobs in a certain amount of time. Now let us understand what these steps are and how we can apply this.


1) Highlights: -

Doing more won't help you make time for the things that matter; it will just make you feel more rushed and busy. And when you're busy day after day, it's easy to lose track of time.This chapter is about slowing down, enjoying and remembering the moments you want to remember rather than racing through them to get to the next thing on your to-do list. In other words, you are an action or accomplishment moment that you complete or carry that effort to completion.


Ask yourself what will be your highlight for the day?


According to the authors, highlighting isn't the only thing you'll do on a daily basis. After all, most of us are unable to ignore our inboxes or refuse to say no to our bosses. Choosing a Highlight, on the other hand, allows you to be proactive over how you spend your time rather than allowing technology, workplace defaults, or other people to dictate your schedule. Your highlight serves as a focal point for each day.


The way to pick your highlight: Ask yourself what will be your highlight for the day?


  • Urgency: The first strategy is all about urgency: what's the most pressing thing I have to do today?

  • Satisfaction: The second highlight is to think about satisfaction at the end of the day, which highlight will bring me the most satisfaction

  • Joy: The third one is called joy. When you reflect on a day, what will bring me the most joy?

We all learned why highlight is so important so now the next step is to choose your highlight. Always trust your guts to choose the best highlight.

How to choose the best highlights I will write a few things only because I applied a few things & for me, they are the best ones from this book

1) Write it down

2) Do yesterday again

3) Batch the little stuff

4) Might-Do List

Now the next step is to make time for your highlight:

5) Schedule your highlights

6) block your calendar

7) Just say no to other work

8) Design your day

9) Become a morning person or Nighttime is the highlight time

10) Quite when you're Done.


2) Laser: -


The term "laser" is used to describe a state of mind. After selecting your highlight, we should now devote our full attention to our work. However, the author claims that while we are in laser mode, our attention is focused on the present, similar to a laser beam beaming on a subject. We're in the zone right now, completely absorbed and engaged. When we focus down on our highlight, it feels amazing.


But then there's the matter of how to focus like a laser. The most basic lesson we will learn from this book is to build a barrier around Busy Bandwagons and Infinity Pools. If we put up these boundaries, I'm confident we'll be able to focus like a laser on our highlights.


There are some nice lines in this book that I'd like to share with you.

When people are passionate about what they're doing, they do a great work


Now let us understand how we can create barriers to distraction:

Be the boss of your phone. (Few things I will share from this chapter which I personal used)

1) Try a distraction-free phone

2) Log out from your social media or delete that

3) Clear your home screen

4) when you don't need a phone leave the devices behind.


Stay out of infinity pools

5) Skip the morning check-in (email or social media)

6) Ignore the news

7) When you don't need the internet, just switch it off. I do this mostly when I need to write a blog.

8) Slow your inboxes this means that deal with email at the end of the day or scheduling email time.

9) Making TV a sometimes treat means don't watch regularly an idiot box.

10) If your highlight requires focused work, do yourself a favour & shut the door.

11) Invent a deadline nothing is better than a deadline.

12) Set a visible timer.


3) Energize: -


The core of Make Time is selecting highlights and going into laser mode. Energize, on the other hand, is the secret sauce. It is simpler to keep our attention and priorities when we have energy rather than reacting to distractions and demands. According to the author, in order to retain a focused, high-performing brain, we must take care of our bodies. Everyone understands that our minds and bodies are connected. So, to create energy for your brain, you must first take care of your body.


Few tactics to energize :

1) Exercise every day

2) Eat real food

3) Optimize your caffeine

4) Disconnect sugar

5) Trick yourself into meditating

6) Eat without screens

7) Make your bedroom a Bedroom

8) Fake the sunset

9) Sneak a Nap

10) Don't Jet-Lag yourself


4) Reflect: -


The Make Time process ends with this phase. This is a critical process that we'll refer to as "reflect." As you can see from the term itself, we will need to keep track of our daily activities by taking notes. Observe, guess, experiment, and measure are the author's four steps. Taking notes to track our progress is the most effective way to assess our day, but one thing to keep in mind is that we must be completely honest when doing so (Make Time Notes). Below, I will place Make time notes, which helped me a lot in tracking the days which I found in this book.




My thoughts regarding this book: The most important aspect of this book is that it teaches you how to create your system and build a routine. Understanding the value of time allows us to realize how quickly our lives pass us by. This book helped me to understand how to work in a day and how to make it efficient. There are 87 techniques that, if we follow a few of them, we can create our daily schedule. Simply pick up this book if you want to build your day, and on that day, you must "Make Time."

Thanks, the flock's reading to the Sharath Bangera blogs, readinghabit.net! I hope you love this blog. I have been a reader for a long time, which led me to start a blog about online book bloggers in India. I chose to go through the best-selected books for enthusiastic readers and started my review line, known as, "online book review by Sharath Bangera."

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