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Time Management: A Podcast with Laura Vanderkam

You Have More time Than You Think... Really. There are 168 hours in a week, and Laura Vanderkam's book is a new approach to getting the most out of them.

Welcome to a Career Strategy Channel podcast on TotalPicture Radio, with Peter Clayton reporting. It's an unquestioned truth of modern life: we are all starved for time. With the rise of two-income families, extreme jobs, and the ability to log on to the world 24/7, life is so frenzied we can barely breathe. But what if we actually have plenty of time? What if we could sleep eight hours a night, exercise five days a week, and learn how to play the piano without sacrificing work, family time, or any other activity that is important to us? According to Laura Vanderkam, we can. If we re-examine our weekly allotment of 168 hours, we'll find that, with a little reorganization and prioritizing, we can dedicate more time to the things we want to do without having to make sacrifices.

Vanderkam also explains, in depth, how to control investment of time so that "there should be almost nothing during your work hours - whatever you choose those to be - that is not advancing you toward your goals for the career and life you want"; how to determine what the "next level" of personal and professional development looks like and how to "seize control" of the schedule while completing a transition to that level; and what a "breakthrough" is and how to achieve it to expedite the transition process.

In 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think,  Laura draws on her own experience and the stories of other successful people who have fulfilled their goals by allocating their time according to these principles. It is a fun, inspiring, and practical guide that will help men and women of any age, lifestyle, or career get the most out of the time and their lives.

Questions Peter Clayton Asks Laura Vanderkam

What lead you to write a book on time management? There are more than 11,000 time management books on Amazon.

I have a favorite new iPhone app called Tap & Track which allow you to track all the calories you consume… If you track you'll be more efficient?

Is this just a math problem, Laura? If I download the spreadsheet on your web site and track how I spend my time every day -- is that the magic sauce?

Here's the farmer's review of your book: "Yeah. But it's weird that she wrote a book about how to be productive when she had one kid and was pregnant with the second. The book should be titled ‘You Can Do Anything if You Have One Kid.'" Which leads me to the conclusion of some of the reviewers on Amazon: This book seems to be targeted at upper-middle class people with substantial control over their time and money to outsource." "Is your book targeted to working professionals with the resources to outsource stuff like housework, and the money to hire nannies -- or at least baby sitters?

You now have 2 children. What has changed in your daily routine? Babies are very unpredictable.

A lot of people listening to my show are in a career transition. Which, of course, can be extremely stressful, sapping energy and confidence. But it's also a situation when you've gone from a very structured schedule, i.e., having a job, going to work every day -- to literally having 168 hours of unstructured time.

You have a chapter titled "The Right Job" -- well as both of us know, if you're lucky enough to have a job -- especially if you just graduated from college -- chances are it's not the right job -- to quote from one of your examples, you might be serving lobster, when you used to be eating it. What advice do you have?

Independent consultants and freelancers -- Dan Pink's "Free Agent Nation" is growing --many work from home with multiple distractions. What are some strategies for becoming more productive?

Another chapter Anatomy of a Breakthrough -- examines some concrete steps you can take to achieve a career breakthrough -- can you outline some of those for us?

Can you suggests some quick "wins" for the time starved listeners out there?

What did you learn in writing 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think


Laura Vanderkam a New York City-based journalist, is the author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think (Portfolio, May 27, 2010), and Grindhopping: Build a Rewarding Career without Paying Your Dues (McGraw-Hill, 2007), which the New York Post selected as one of four notable career books of 2007. She is a member of USA Today's Board of Contributors, and her work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, City Journal, Scientific American, Reader's Digest, Reason, and other publications. She specializes in translating complex economic, policy or scientific ideas into readable prose, and making people say "I never thought of it that way before." A 2001 graduate of Princeton, she enjoys writing fiction, running, and singing soprano with the Young New Yorkers' Chorus, an organization for which she serves as president, and which specializes in commissioning new music from composers under age 35. She lives with her husband and two young boys.

Peter Clayton

About Peter Clayton

Peter Clayton, Producer/Host, is an award-winning producer/director of radio, television, documentary, video, interactive and Web-based media who has created breakthrough media for a wide array of Fortune 100 clients.


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