Ep.58 – Laura Vanderkam – Building the Life You Want

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Laura Vanderkam

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How many times per day do you tell someone that you are busy?  How often do you wish you had more time?

Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books and whose TED talk has been viewed more than 12Million times!  She is also a wife and mother to five kids, so I believe she would know a thing or two about time and being busy.

Throughout our conversation, we touched on several critical topics that go beyond what you would traditionally think about when it comes to time management or productivity.  As Laura discusses, life shouldn’t be about a series of hacks to save us more time.  But instead, we should focus on what we want to do with the time we do have!

I believe that Laura’s recent book, The New Corner Office: How the Most Successful People Work from Home, is a must-read for those of you who have transitioned from working in an office to working at home.  Laura and I discuss why knowing when to stop your workday is just as important as when you start it.  The best way to structure your day is to match the right work to the right time.  And how bringing in “a little adventure” can help reduce the stress of working from home.

When we say we don’t have time, we are really saying that this is not a priority.  Time is highly elastic, which means it stretches to whatever we put into it. 

Please enjoy my conversation with Laura Vanderkam.

Resources Featured in This Episode:

Laura Vanderkam

How to gain control of your free time

The New Corner Office: How the Most Successful People Work from Home

Dan Pink – How a Side Hustle Turned into the Journey of a Lifetime

Best of Both Worlds Podcast