Make Time – Book Preview

NOTE: These are my thoughts based on the Preview Chapter of the book.
The authors sent out a Preview Chapter of Make Time to a group of Test Readers.
I wasn’t on that list.
I called in a favor, having someone break the rules and send me a copy.
I never thought I’d grow up to be the kind of person who gets others to bend the rules around a Preview Chapter of an unreleased book – but here we are.
Please don’t tell my Parents.

Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky, authors of the New York Times bestseller Sprint are back with another book to help you make the most of your time.

The opening pages clearly explain the problems this book aims to solve:

  • We’re all too busy.
  • We get to the end of a week and wonder “What did I actually achieve?”
  • Even though we’re all too busy, we then spend too much time on our phones.

The value proposition is clear too:

  • If you read this book, you will make time for the thing/s you’ve always wanted to do.

Things like:

  • Spending time with your family
  • Learning to cook
  • Writing that book you’ve always wanted to (e.g. a Fantasy Novel called Gandalf 2

This is where the sceptical reader pipes-up in the back: “Seems convenient that it’s one size fits all. Sounds too good to be true.”

But wait.

Think of that “one day” project that you’ve never got around to.

And have you completed it?


Otherwise you’d be off circumnavigating the world in a boat made of matchsticks or whatever your “one day” project is.

Anyway, you’d be doing something else. Not reading this.

So, hear me out on how this book can help.

Make Time has a simple system:

  • Highlight – Choose what will be the Highlight of your day.
  • Laser – Choose a technique to remove distractions during the day.
  • Energize – A way to fuel your body and mind to do what you gotta do.
  • Reflect – At the end of each day answer a couple of questions to see what worked. If something doesn’t work, swap it for a different technique. If it’s working, keep doing it.

Again from the back I hear: “It sounds too good to be true”

And again – you still haven’t made time to _________ (Insert a “one day” project that makes you want to blast Eye of the Tiger in loop.)

When it comes to making your Highlight happen, don’t worry if you miss a day.

When your New Year’s Resolution is to go to the gym but you miss a day, you can quit and never do it again – or you could have a chance at success by trying again tomorrow.

It sounds like a super relaxed religion that has a never ending supply of forgiveness but I can see how this idea will lead to better chances of success when compared to giving up forever.

There’s enough people ready to give you grief. Cut yourself some slack and try again until you get it.

Make Time’s framework lets you plug in a bunch of tactics.

There are over 80 in the book.

Some won’t work for you.

The point is to experiment and find what does work.

The Preview Chapter didn’t go in to any of these tactics but the Make Time website (and the image above) shows some pages from the book including the Chapter Names – a.k.a. a bunch of names for these techniques. Some of these are blogs from the Authors under their Time Dorks label. So those of us who can work the Googles, already have a good idea of some of these tools.

Again the sceptics chime in: “Why would I pay for a printed blog?”

I would respond with three things:

1/ It’s not a collection of blogs. The book would have been out a lot sooner if it was.

2/ Have you read Jason Fried’s “Rework”? Over a million people paid for that “blog-book” and rightly so. It’s full of gold.

3/ If you want to go find those Time Dorks blog entries and write your own versions of the new sections, to save a few bucks, then no wonder you haven’t done your “one day” project yet.

I’ve talked to a few people about why they should get excited for a book that isn’t released and one which I haven’t even read all of.

As their eyes glaze over, I show them a few pages in the website and tell them, this isn’t a pretentious self-help book on how to save time by living by a crazy new set of new rules that only the author lives their life by.

It’s just a couple of guys who ran experiments on themselves wanting to make the most of their time.

If that doesn’t work, I move to – They aren’t polished enough to be cheesy American self-help gurus.

Seriously though, you can tell the Authors genuinely want to figure out how to make the most of their time. They are very upfront as to say, some of these things won’t work for you.

There’s no one size fits all spin and it makes a huge difference.

I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the book when it launches in late September 2018.

Find out more about the book here:

Check out other words by Jake here: Jake Knapp

And other words from John here: John Zeratsky