Lancefield on the Line

Laura Vanderkam: Making Time for What Matters

October 12, 2022 David Lancefield Season 3 Episode 3
Lancefield on the Line
Laura Vanderkam: Making Time for What Matters
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How strategic are you with your time, attention, and energy? Many successful executives aren’t, surprisingly. Their days are overly busy (some feel proud of this), as if their schedules run their life. They’re racing against the clock, trying to get through never-ending to-do lists. They feel exhausted by the weekend, and frustrations fester as they don’t progress important professional or personal projects. Sound familiar?

How do you wrestle back control, tackle the chaos, and make time for what matters? My guest in this podcast, Laura Vanderkam, has pioneered approaches to help you do this. An authority on managing time she advocates time tracking, and in her new book Tranquility by Tuesday sets out nine rules to apply to create more time and cut out waste.

We talk about:

★ The nine rules.
★ The biggest benefits from applying these rules.
★ What it takes to commit to the process.
★ How to use the rules in your team.
★ How to track your time (and why)
★ The power of intentionality.
★ How to avoid being inflexible.
★ The impact of hybrid working.
★ Her impact and legacy.
★ Her own habits.

About Laura:

Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books, including Tranquility by Tuesday: 9 Ways to Calm the Chaos and Make Time for What Matters, along with 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 five children, and blogs at

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The nine rules
Applies to everyone
Biggest benefits
Committing to the process
What stops people
From hero to wholesome
Using it in your team
Time tracking
The power of intentionality
Not being inflexible
Impact of hybrid working
Her impact
Her habits