Book Cover - Book Review: Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day

Make Time is like a cookbook. “You wouldn’t try all the recipes at once,” say the authors, “and you don’t need to do all the tactics at once, either.” It’s a book to find what best works for YOU based on a list of more than 80 tactics to choose from.

The authors spent years at Google as product designers, helping to build services like Gmail, YouTube, and Google Hangouts (= helping to steal our attention). Their reflection on this experience makes this book particularly valuable as they decided to use their unique perspective to design the most invaluable product: how we spend our time.

The authors declare Make Time is not about productivity but all great productivity books focus on the same goal as this book: create more time in your day for the things you care about. I found the book pleasant, and engaging, especially if you are tired of how ineffective you are at work and are ready to make some practical changes in your habits. It’s clearly not a definitive book on the subject. Other books like Four Thousand Weeks are more inspiring but less practical but it’s a great choice as a first reading on the subject.

About the author

Julien Sobczak works as a software developer for Scaleway, a French cloud provider. He is a passionate reader who likes to see the world differently to measure the extent of his ignorance. His main areas of interest are productivity (doing less and better), human potential, and everything that contributes in being a better person (including a better dad and a better developer).

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