Author & Time Management Expert Laura Vanderkam On How to Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done


Author and productivity expert, Laura Vanderkam shares some practical strategies from her new book Off the Clock on how to feel less busy while getting more done. 

Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books, including Off the Clock, I Know How She Does It, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and 168 Hours (which I loved). Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Fortune. She is the co-host, with Sarah Hart-Unger, of the podcast Best of Both Worlds (which I love). She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and four children, and blogs at

Hustle Hack: Try planning your week on Friday afternoons. Most of us are pretty checked out for the weekend by this time of the week. It’s hard to get productive work done then. Why not use that time to plan and prioritize for the week ahead? That way when you get back to your desk on Monday morning you won’t feel scattered trying to figure out what is most important to tackle. You’ve planned your week already. 

Moment of Grace: Each week make a list of priorities for the following week in three categories: career, relationships, and self. Look over your calendar and see where you can drop these priorities in. It’s easy to make a list of priorities for work but it’s critical to also think through priorities for yourself and your relationships. You can even add subcategories including your spiritual life, health, and spouse, for example. 

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