Book Notes: Make Time

how time works

1. Highlight

  • start each day with a single priority
  • something you have to do, or want to do
  • doesn’t have to be the only thing you do in a day
  • but it means you’ve committed to doing all the tasks required to complete that one task
  • This is very similar to how Jason Lengstorf introduced me to this kind of thinking.

2. Laser

  • beating distractions to make time for your highlight
  • things like logging off socials

3. Energize

  • use the body to recharge the brain
  • charge your battery with exercise, food, sleep, quiet, and face-to-face time.

4. Reflect

  • make some notes at the end of the day.


  • you don’t have to try out all the tactics highlighted in this book at once.
  • Reflecting is the only non-negotiable, but otherwise, from highlight, laser, & energize, even as little as one per category is good.
    • use the reflecting time to adjust the tactics employed in the other 3 categories, if need be.

tips on how to choose your highlight

  • use urgency as a guideline, but also,

Look for activities that are not urgent. Instead, consider projects you’ve been meaning to get around to but haven’t quite found the time.

It’s never too late in the day to pick (or change) a highlight