Most of us feel constantly behind, unsure how to escape feeling oppressed by busyness. Laura Vanderkam, unlike other time-management gurus, believes that in order to get more done, we must first feel like we have all the time in the world. Think about it: why haven't you trained for that 5K or read War and Peace? Probably because you feel beaten down by all the time you don't seem to have.
In this book, Vanderkam reveals the seven counterintuitive principles the most time-free people have adopted. She teaches mindset shifts to help you feel calm on the busiest days and tools to help you get more done without feeling overwhelmed. You'll meet people such as...
♦ An elementary school principal who figured out how to spend more time mentoring teachers, and less time supervising the cafeteria
♦ An executive who builds lots of meeting-free space into his calendar, despite managing teams across multiple continents
♦ A CEO who does focused work in a Waffle House early in the morning, so he can keep an open door and a relaxed mindset all day
♦ An artist who overcame a creative block, and reached new heights of productivity, by being more gentle with herself, rather than more demanding
The strategies in this book can help if your life feels out of control, but they can also help if you want to take your career, your relationships, and your personal happiness to the next level. Vanderkam has packed this book with insights from busy yet relaxed professionals, including "time makeovers" of people who are learning how to use these tools. Off the Clock can inspire the rest of us to create lives that are not only productive, but enjoyable in the moment.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: The Time Paradox 1
1 Tend Your Garden 19
2 Make Life Memorable 54
3 Don't Fill Time 82
4 Linger 114
5 Invest In Your Happiness 138
6 Let It Go 167
7 People Are a Good Use of Time 191