Saturday, May 11, 2013

Time Management

What would you do if you had a little more time? My guest on Monday's radio show is Laura Vanderkam, a writer, journalist and author "who questions the status quo and helps her readers rediscover their true passions and beliefs in pursuit of more meaningful lives". Vanderkam argues that everyone has more time than they realise.

She's author of e-Books, "168 Hours: You have more time than you think", "What Successful People Do Before Breakfast". "What the most successful people do on the weekend" and "What the Most Successful People Do at Work".

She is a member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors, writes the “168 Hours” blog for CBS MoneyWatch, and her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, City Journal, Scientific American, Reader’s Digest, Prevention,, and other publications. She has appeared on numerous television programs, including The Today Show.

I read "What Successful People Do Before Breakfast" and it occurs to me that the people I know are most productive during off-peak hours, the time in which their peers are usually in bed, the time when one's part of the world is most quiet. These uninterrupted  hours, at dawn or late at night seem to be the most valuable. During the day, there are emails, errands and phone calls that clamour for our attention.

Vanderkam points out that if you spend 8 hours working per day and 8 hours sleeping, there are another 8 hours in the day that you can use wisely. She advises that if you'd like more time, you should track your time down to the minute in a journal for a few weeks and examine it retroactively.

Listen to our interview on WIOX radio at 9am EST.

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