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Life Outside the Hustle with Brent Tieri

Jan 6, 2020

Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books, including 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 four children, and blogs at

In this episode we dive into:

1. Laura's initial spark of interest in the world of productivity and time management.

2. Going through her K-12 education years, Laura explains that although schooling came easy, it wasn't necessarily rewarding.

3. What an outcome goal is versus a process goal and where we should be focusing our energy.

4. Why Laura believes we are actually less busy than previous generations, and why people still love to wear the “busyness badge of honor”.

5. The lies we are telling ourselves about the management of time.

6. Why structure should not be looked at as a loss of freedom, but rather the opposite.

7. Finding your leisure time while still working and raising a family.

8. What Laura views as “successful” and how this has developed over time.

9. Why we need to stop using the “we have no time” excuse, and focusing on finding the time or admitting it is not of importance.

10. The shortcut to finding your ultimate energy period during your day.

11. Laura dives into some strategies that will help create time management skills, as well as how to make a “time tracking chart”.

12. Learning about ourselves through the “100 Dreams Exercise”, that Laura challenges everyone to create.