Last Updated Jun 1, 2010 8:28 AM EDT
Recently she spoke with career expert Lyndsey Pollak for a 15-minute podcast about her new book and how to fit more important activities into your day, offering these simple, sensible tips. (Forward four minutes in to the podcast if you're more interested in tips than Vanderkam's personal history.)
- Track your time. Just like counting calories helps you lose weight, writing down the way you spend your time helps you identify "empty hours" when you're not doing things that fulfill you. You can download a free time-tracking sheet from Laura's website.
- Focus on what you're good at. Many of us waste hours of our lives doing things we think we "should" do, rather than focusing on what we're skilled at or what we really enjoy. If you can eliminate an activity from your schedule, do it.
- Create a "List of 100 (or 1,000!) Dreams." The point of using your hours wisely is not just to be more productive, but to have time to do the things you want to do in life. By creating this list, you'll see what activities, people and events really matter to you. And you'll start checking them off.
(Clock image by Aaron Geller, CC 2.0)