Laura Vanderkam | My Instruction Manual

Feel Less Busy and Get More Done

Laura Vanderkam, author of Off the Clock, shares tips to help us feel less busy while getting more done. And host Keith McArthur speaks with nutrition contributor Michelle Jaelin about calcium, dairy, and how much we really need.

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Episode 44 Show Notes

[00:00] Welcome and Intro

[2:21] Featured interview with Laura Vanderkam

Laura is author of several productivity and time management books. Her most recent book is Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done. Her TED Talk on how to gain control of your free time (embedded below) has been viewed more than 10-million times. Laura is also the co-host of the Best of Both Worlds podcast.

In this conversation, Keith and Laura discuss:

  • How becoming a mom made Laura so interested in time management [3:45]
  • What Laura’s personal time logs taught her about how she spends her time [5:55]
  • What Laura has learned about how other people spend their time and their attitudes towards time [7:21]
  • How spending more time with other people stretches our perceptions of time [9:33]
  • How the brain perceives time and memories [12:09]
  • How does feeling like we have more time help us to get more done? [13:43]
  • The importance of saying ‘no’ [18:25]
  • Tip: Write next year’s performance review now [20:20]
  • Laura’s Best of Both Worlds podcast [23:19]

[27:40] Laura’s Instruction Manual

1. What are the habits you maintain every day to stay happy and healthy? [27:52]

  • Track every waking moment
  • Run at least one mile

 2. What personal development book do you recommend? [30:30]

3. Favorite personal mantra / inspirational quote [31:26] 

  • “Plan it in. Do it anyway.”

4. What’s your one guilty pleasure? [32:25]

  • Dark Chocolate

5. When your time comes, how do you want to be remembered? [32:40]

  • As someone whose writing helped people to change their lives for the better.

[33:38] Where to find Laura

[34:44] Nutrition contributor Michelle Jaelin on calcium, dairy and how much we really need

Michelle Jaelin is both a trained artist and a Registered Dietitian who is known as The NutritionArtist. She appears regularly as in newspapers, magazines and on television as an expert in healthy eating.

In this conversation, Keith and Michelle discuss:

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