It’s not that much of a secret, but I’m always secretly looking for some new way to be more productive. I recently found Laura Vanderkam’s Before Breakfast Podcast, in which she offers 5- to 8-minute episodes of easily actionable advice for “making the most of [our] time.”
You might enjoy her Start Here page, where she includes links to some great topics: 100 Dreams (desired state), Track Your Time (current state), Planning Tips & Hacks (possible solutions), and Make Time for Writing (if you want to).
She has worked with many, many people to assist them with their days, and one thing that impresses me is her use of and analysis of time logs (using data to figure out what’s really happening in a person’s days).
Recently, based on her experience with people’s time logs, she mentioned that for many of us, most days do not follow a predictable pattern that we would call “a normal day.” If we let that sink in for a minute, that’s saying quite a lot.
You can find her podcast on iTunes, iHeartRadio, etc., including my favorite podcast app, Downcast. Here are three recent episodes as a sample:
Social Media Without Wasting Time
Seriously, this is possible?
Your Conference Calls
This is easier than we might think.
Is the Best Day to Work from Home
This is part of a week-long series.
Here’s her bio:
Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books, including Juliet’s School of Possibilities, Off the Clock, I Know How She Does It, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and 168 Hours. Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Fortune. She is the host of the podcast Before Breakfast and the co-host, with Sarah Hart-Unger, of the podcast Best of Both Worlds. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and four children, and blogs at LauraVanderkam.com.https://lauravanderkam.com/about/