Book Review: Off The Clock

OffTheClock_JKFOption-2-212x300Title: Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done
Author: Laura Vanderkam
Genre: Nonfiction/Self-Help
Publisher: Portfolio
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
Pages: 256
Format Read: Audiobook
Standalone or series: Standalone
Where I got the book: Library Libby app
Date finished reading: March 24, 2019

Goodreads Description: Learn to savor life’s best moments–no matter how busy you are–through mindset shifts that alter your perception of time.

Laura Vanderkam, the acclaimed author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, isn’t like other time-management gurus. She’s not trying to shave off 30 seconds here or there; she’s interested in the emotional and psychological side of the 168 hours everyone has each week. Her core message is that you have more time than you think you do, and you can feel less stressed while getting more done.

With the right habits, you can live efficiently and effectively, and yet still see time as abundant. For instance, Vanderkam teaches:

– How to clear your calendar of activities that are boring, stressful — or just not the best use of your time.

– Why tackling your top priorities during the hours when you have the most energy will change your perception of what it means to be productive.

– How to linger in great experiences while they’re happening, and why good memories seem to make time expand.

Vanderkam has packed this book with insights from busy yet relaxed professionals, including “time makeovers” of people who are learning how to use these tools. Off the Clock can inspire the rest of us to create lives that are not only productive, but enjoyable in the moment.

My Review: Last year I read Laura Vanderkam’s 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think. I really thought that was insightful. I never thought about tracking my time to analyze how I utilize my time. I actually thought that project would be a waste of time. However, I was desperate to find more time in my days, so I gave it a shot. It actually did help me realize how much time I sometimes waste in a day that could be spent doing other things that need to be done or I would like to do. (Example: I can’t stop myself from binging multiple episodes of a show on Netflix, when I really should just watch one and move on to another task.)

Off the Clock is more of a continuation of 168 Hours. Instead of it being a guide to time management, it is more of a guide to living a more enjoyable life.

Here are some of my takeaways:

  • Time is not something you should fear.
  • Tracking your time can help with you make time manageable.
  • Be accountable for your time.
  • Build habits.
  • It is what you say “no” to as much as what you say “yes” to.
  • Adventures make life memorable and memories stretch time.
  • Linger in the moment.
  • Savor moments in time.

I guess I was hoping for more examples of how to free up more time in my daily routine for things like all my many household projects. As of now, I am not in a position to cut down my work hours, as I am still new at my job. I have a nine-hour work day with approximately 1 1/2 hours of commute time daily Monday thru Friday. When I get home, it is hard to get motivated to clean my house, do laundry, pay bills, and organize, when I just want to sit and relax. (I am sure that many of you can relate to that.) I think I just keep looking for suggestions on how to overcome this challenge. I did not feel that this book helped me with that. However, I do appreciate that Laura Vanderkam makes suggestions throughout Off the Clock of other resources that I can look at that may help me with some of my time management issues.

Overall, this is a decent book (though I didn’t love it) and a quick read.

My Rating: ♦ ♦ ♦ 

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