Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done

Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done

"I well recall a conversation with an executive I hoped to interview about her astonishing productivity. I began our call with an assurance that I would not take much of her time. She laughed. 'Oh, I have all the time in the world,' she said." Most of us feel constantly behind, unsure how to escape feeling oppressed by busyness. Laura Vanderkam, unlike other time-management "I well recall a conversation with an executive I hoped to interview about her astonishing productivity. I began our ...

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Title:Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done
Author:Laura Vanderkam
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:B076NSZ27X
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done Reviews

  • Janssen
    Jun 16, 2018
    I didn't feel like this was as readable as some of her books, but I LOVED it. So thoughtful and I was talking and thinking about it non-stop. ...
  • Constance
    Oct 17, 2018
    I constantly feel extremely busy even though I have relatively a lot of free time, so I was really interested in this book. As I was reading it, it felt like another self-help book full of meaningless filler, but in retrospect, it actually had some useful ideas. Here's what I learne...
  • Kelly
    Jun 12, 2018
    While Vanderkam's discussions center around time and time management, the biggest takeaways in this book aren't about time management: they're about effective energy management. As someone who chooses energy management over time management -- this works for me. We all have more time...
  • Lisa
    Nov 27, 2018
    Based on surveys and interviews, Vanderkam's main point is that those who perceive that they have more time, are essentially living better lives - filled with connection and productivity than those who feel extremely busy and feel like they don't have time to do the things they really ...
  • Lori
    Jun 30, 2018
    So many of the ideas in this book are things we already know we should or could be doing, but I needed the extra encouragement to implement them. One of the big "take aways" for me is to create memorable experiences, not necessarily momentous ones. So many of my evenings seem to be fr...
  • KrisTina
    Nov 16, 2018
    I was in line to get this book from the library for pretty much forever - and when it finally came through I was excited to check it out. That being said - I think this is going to be my last book of hers I read. It's not that it is bad - it just didn't provide anything new that I hadn...
  • Shaina Robbins
    Jan 02, 2019
    Self help usually disappoints me (and yet I keep reading it ...), but I quite liked this one. Great tips, relevant anecdotes, and enough science to feel like she's not just making stuff up. I loved that her focus was on making life meaningful, not just on being successful. Key takea...
  • Sally Ewan
    Jul 01, 2018
    I tried to read her book about 168 hours in a week, but got frustrated with the time tracking thing. (I'm already obsessive enough without filling in a grid of everything I do.) But this book had some nice points to ponder, and so I will do that as I go about my life. Thinking about...
  • Gwendolyn
    Feb 15, 2019
    I know, I know, I read A LOT of time management books. Those of you who follow me on Goodreads are probably getting tired of reading the reviews. I?m kind of addicted to these books, to be honest. I keep thinking I?ll eventually stumble on the one secret I need to be able to cram e...
  • Erin Hatch
    Sep 13, 2018
    I really enjoyed this book. It helped me to realize how I could use my time in a much more productive way. I think my favorite chapter is the one about lingering. I loved what she taught about savoring as well. Grateful to have found this book. ...
  • Beth Bender
    Aug 17, 2018
    This isn't a bad book by any means and I basically agree with what Vanderkam is trying to say with this and her other books. However. The main fault with this book, her writing in general, and most books about time management that are based on what "successful" people do with the...
  • Stephanie
    Jul 14, 2018
    This book gave me so much to think & talk about, and I even went back and re-listened to the chapter on relationships after I was done. Her stuff about the Anticipating/experiencing/memory self (and not letting the lazy or stressed ?experiencing self? overrule the other two) es...
  • L.A. Starks
    Jun 20, 2018
    This is an excellent book--especially for anyone who read the novel "I Don't Know How She Does It" hoping for an answer: Vanderkam, with a career and four kids under the age of ten, provides more answers in this sequel to her first book, "I Know How She Does It." Readers who are 24/7 p...
  • Lindsay Wilcox
    Feb 01, 2019
    I liked this book. I?ve been following Laura Vanderkam?s writing for a few years. I enjoy her blog and her magazine articles, and I recommend 168 Hours often. I can?t say that this was my favorite of her many pieces of writing, though. She has a specific focus here, which is laid...
  • Torrie
    Feb 14, 2019
    I didn't have any expectations going into this book (as I'd kind of decided to read it on the spur of the moment), but it ended up being an extremely useful book for me at this time in my life. Not only did it get me to start tracking all my time (for the first time ever), it also gave...
  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    Aug 22, 2018
    3.0 Stars There were some good nuggets in this little book, but it felt too unstructured and oversimplified to offer meaningful time management strategies that I can utilize. I personally recommend the author's first book, 168 Hours, which I felt provided more practical advice for wo...
  • Audrey Monke
    Aug 21, 2018
    I?ve been obsessively telling everyone about this quick read. If you, like me, feel a bit ?at war? with time, feeling there?s ?never enough? and you ?don?t have time to relax,? then you?ll benefit from Vanderkam?s wisdom, too. The book, true to its title, offers r...
  • Molly
    Aug 17, 2018
    An excellent little book that gave me a lot to think about with respect to my "off the clock" time. I will be purchasing this so that I can refer to it from time to time. We can't be hard on ourselves about our "off the clock" time and I am glad that the author acknowledges this. It's ...
  • Magistra
    Aug 18, 2018
    What a helpful book! I?ve read it slowly so I could think about it as I read. Laura Vanderkam?s wisdom about time?how to think about it and how to spend it?will be a life-changer. I?m already planning how to make little changes that will help me to be more intentional and lin...
  • Roxanne
    Oct 21, 2018
    An insightful and relateable take on how to make time management more manageable so you have more time for things/people you love and less time to complain about how "busy" or time-consumed you are. ...
  • Christina Pilkington
    Dec 28, 2018
    I'm a time management junkie so I have read dozens of books on the topic. But even though I already knew most of the time management tips in this book, I always look forward to reading Vanderkam's books because she has a unique twist on the topic that I haven't seen anyone else take. ...
  • Mary Kenyon
    Dec 30, 2018
    An excellent diatribe on why we shouldn't be saying "I don't have time" for something. You will look at time, and our lack of it, differently after you read this book. Clarified some things I'd been contemplating anyway, and gave me the determination not to let time get away from me in...
  • Renée
    Feb 04, 2019
    I didn't get as much out of this as I would have liked. Vanderkam's advice is really tied to her lifestyle and level of privilege, which is fine but narrows its application. As other reviewers have pointed out, Vanderkam assumes the reader's level of control over their work and schedul...
  • Seawitch
    Oct 27, 2018
    This is a quick read - a bit tangential at times - but some good nuggets: How we spend our days is how we spend our lives Schedule in white space Linger - don?t rush - you know, smell the roses... Tend to your career, relationships, self Relationships matter ...
  • Hope Helms
    Sep 15, 2018
    A different take on productivity: changing our perception of time. Time can seem like a black hole when we are constantly rushing from one thing to the next. Where did that day go?One key to changing that perception is to make memories. Putting the effort and rhythm into life to sa...
  • Gina
    Jun 26, 2018
    Although the approach was much different, this book has much in common with The ONE Thing. Keller?s book explained the idea behind the ONE Thing and detailed how it might be implemented. Off the Clock used stories, examples, and research data to make suggestions about how and what to...
  • Rachel Brown
    Oct 27, 2018
    I absolutely loved Off the Clock, and I?ve been telling everyone about it in hopes that they?ll snag a copy to read, too. This book is about so much more than feeling less busy while getting more done?it?s about cultivating a richer life by being aware of how you spend your tim...
  • Aaron Baker
    Dec 03, 2018
    I really enjoyed this book. It has a lot of good little tidbits about making the most of your time on Earth. A lot of them are the sorts of ideas or phrases we've heard before, but she delivers it very well and in a way that opens my mind to ideas and possibilities. A solid recommen...
  • Katherine Lewis
    May 29, 2018
    It's no exaggeration to say that Laura Vanderkam's writing has changed my life. Her earlier books forced me to confront my own part in procrastination, avoiding hard tasks and making excuses like "I don't have the time." This book - Off the Clock - crystalizes all her earlier writing i...
  • Julie
    Dec 07, 2018
    Lots of good tips on how to make time more plentiful. To be honest, I mostly like how the book goes along with my own philosophy of living life people-first to make the most out of life, so I?m a bit biased. My only complaint would be that a lot of the advice sounds like it?s preac...