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Ever wish you had more time to do the things that really matter? That your calendar felt exciting and expansive rather than stuffed to the max? When was the last time you were able to take time off… and not dread coming back to a million emails or a to-do list that’s a mile long?

Whether you work in a traditional office, run your own business, or are a stay-at-home parent juggling endless responsibilities — “time freedom” can sound like a mythical phenomenon that only exists for the very rich or lucky.

But thankfully as today’s guest, Laura Vanderkam, will tell you: Time freedom is real.

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Yes. It can be yours, provided that you’re willing to drop some bad habits and give yourself a much-needed reality check about how you’re actually spending your time. (Spoiler: The work Laura suggests isn’t easy, but it’s worth it 10X over.)

What is Time Freedom And How Do I Achieve It?

Time freedom means being joyfully productive without feeling constantly stressed about how much more you’ve got left to do. It’s not necessarily about doing “nothing” or just having a wide open schedule.

Instead, time freedom is that satisfied feeling of knowing you’re deliberately spending your time on what really matters and ignoring the rest. Rather than feeling anxious, you feel that 24 hours is enough. This, of course, requires that you’re clear on your priorities and you’ve become an expert at saying no.

With time freedom, off the clock will actually feel like off the clock.

As time management expert Laura Vanderkam shares, your love/hate relationship with your schedule isn’t about not having enough time. It’s about how you use the time you have. Laura’s written a number of books on this topic, including “Off the Clock,” which reveals the habits that can increase your productivity and decrease your stress.

Join our conversation to learn:

    • How to find untapped hours in the day to do more of what you love.
    • The perfect way to structure your day — and exactly when to tackle your toughest projects.
    • When to schedule your most speculative, soul-searching work.
  • Which goals will turn into major time-sucks (and which will actually help you get more done!).

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Now, Laura and I would love to hear from you.

What’s one change you can make right now to experience more time freedom?

Leave a comment below and let us know. Remember, share as much detail as possible in your reply. Hundreds of thousands of incredible souls come here for insight and motivation, and your story may help someone else have a meaningful breakthrough.

Important: share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. will be removed.

Time is the most precious, non-renewable resource we have.

With care and intention, it is possible to get more of the right things done and experience less chronic stress.  

With enormous love,


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  1. anika

    I loveeeddddd this episode Marie, Laura, and team! this is something i have struggled with for years and have always tried to find the “secret.” for many years – it was sleeping less. that obviously didn’t work. now it’s ruthless prioritization, finding joy in each moment, and turning my phone off. specifically, trying only to use my phone 3-5 times a day. this is super super super super hard and still a daily struggle but i’m trying my best to find joy in it rather than feeling starved/scarce.

    I would love to see more episodes on time management – the latest research as well as the spiritual side of it 🙂

    the time mgmt lessons of b-school have helped a lot.

    specifically, I’d love to learn more about how to manage ‘resistance’ when it comes to using time wisely. i know there have been marieTVs about resistance but i would love to see more! maybe more examples., more science, etc..

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hi Anika! We’re so happy this topic resonated with you. You are not alone in always looking for new ways of effectively managing your time, and wanting to learn more about the resistance that comes up around this. It’s AWESOME that you’re striving to use your phone a lot less throughout the day, this alone is a huge boon to your productivity! We love that you’re being ruthless with prioritizing what’s important to you and finding joy in each moment. Thanks so much for sharing your feedback and perspective on this here 🙂

    • Hey Anika! I really resonate with your question about the spiritual side of time management and resistance. I’d love to hear more about what you’re thinking about with it? To me, I read resistance and spirituality as the blocks or limiting beliefs I’m allowing to get in my way. Is that what you mean?

      • anika

        yes ! or even just plain ol’ “i dont feel like doing this thoughts” – purely just wanting to do something else. what steven pressfield talks about when he speaks about resistance – there have been a bunch of MF videos on this too! For me – i like to just start something for 10 minutes and give myself permission to leave after that. often, i get into a flow and just keep working! whether it be working out, writing, etc.

  2. Some really good tips, I had been wondering how I would have enough time to have a side project next to my business. This has given me the mind space to see that, yes I can use that extra time- rather than spend time on social media or I can get up extra early and spend an hour on my project. I have been looking at hiring a person to take care of my social media for my business so I also have no excuse to go on there & I can use my time wisely. I like the idea of planning for the week ahead, I would like to hear the practical steps on how you can go about this. Thank you!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      So happy to hear this sparked some new possibilities and ideas for you, Nita! You can totally do this, by getting really clear about how you’re using your time and what your most important goals/projects are. It sounds like you’re already doing a great job of thinking through what your days would look like and how they’d need to change!

      Here are a couple of other MarieTV episodes I think you’ll find really helpful in terms of planning your days:

  3. I am such a fan of tracking progress and goals, but time is not something I’ve tracked, as I don’t ever feel I don’t have enough of it… I sometimes find my coaching veers into productivity because I find it interesting and have a system which works for me… That means I perhaps don’t question it as much, so super interesting thoughts from this video.
    “Would You Do this Tomorrow?” – Love this question, will definitely be asking it!
    Editing a book in 2 weeks made me chuckle, and as a writer, my brain wrote it off as ‘unrealistic.’ But then, thinking about the topic of this entire interview: why wouldn’t 2 weeks be enough? So many thoughts moving around my brain 😀

  4. Hi Marie,

    I really loved this episode with Laura Vanderkam. Productivity is really important especially for us, Womenpreneurs. Sometimes I thought I don’t have enough time to do the things that I need to do, seemed like 8-10 hours a day is not enough, AND I am being reminded today by this, ‘As time management expert Laura Vanderkam shares, your love/hate relationship with your schedule isn’t about not having enough time. It’s about how you use the time you have. I find this valuable, my friend. Thank you.

    • I just also learned recently that by doing things with high expectation, I ended up doing almost nothing. When I rush things, I found myself less productive. I should try a different way to get things done. This episode is indeed helpful and inspiring.

      • Julia - Team Forleo

        Hi Webly! We love hearing your perspective on this topic. So glad it was valuable and inspiring for you to consider your relationship with time. How interesting to notice the expectation we place on a goal/activity and how that impacts our productivity around it – thank you for sharing this helpful insight!

  5. Anne-kirstine Klitmark

    Thank you for an insightful and fun interview. I did feel a little resistance from the whole time tracking as Laura also acknowledged, but I stayed with the interview, and what is so interesting, I realised I myself somehow time track. I at sometime about a half a year ago got tired of the to-do list and not knowing when in my calendar I was doing it. So instead I started to plot my do-to list in my calendar, together with when I have free time, time with my partner, family, friends, when I exercise etc. Sometimes when I do not get it done I rearrange, I tell you it free the mind to know it is all in the calendar. What I take from today to still be more aware of is how much time spent on sociale media, and when to do my creative writing work. The story about changing the day from friday to monday, resonated with me and to start noticing where my energy is on different times of the week.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Brilliant, Anne-Kirstine! We absolutely hear you about the resistance around time tracking and we love that you’re already doing it in your own way 🙂 Really does free the mind when we do this, doesn’t it? It’s so powerful to take into account our natural flow of energy throughout the day and week, and we hope this is a useful lens for you as you plan your days. I also have a feeling you’ll find this episode helpful, in terms of further prioritizing what’s most important to you:

      • Anne-kirstine Klitmark

        Yearh it does! To enjoy and be present where I am at. Thank you very much for the tip!

  6. Tisha

    Great episode! I took a lot of notes. What app would you recommend for time-tracking? There’s so many that it’s hard to choose… Thanks!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      SO thrilled you enjoyed this episode, Tisha! Here’s a great time-tracking app Marie has used: – hope it helps!

      • Trude

        Moment seems to be mainly for monitoring your screen time, not time-tracking. Is there an app that you would recommend for that?

  7. Another brilliant episode. Thank you!

    As an artist, I totally understand how I need my creative juices to be flowing if I am going to create anything I consider worthwhile. I paint and write from the heart, so if my heart ain’t in it, then it’s utterly useless in my opinion – I stress, start self-hate talk and question why I even dare call myself an artist. It’s quite ugly…especially for those around me.

    So to counteract this, I have cut myself some slack, taken a step back and I simply wait for inspiration to return. However, this has turned into laziness…

    I have 3 teenagers who, I suspect, I allow to take up more of my time than necessary, I’ve happily let the housework go and am, I’m pretty sure, spending waaaaaaay to much time meditating and in contemplation of the meaning of life, the Universe and Everything. Yet the thought of timetabling myself turns my stomach…

    I’m just being a spoilt child, right?!

    Any advice or similar stories are welcome. I KNOW I can be better than this.

    Many thanks and lots of love and support to everyone here.


  8. I loved this episode! Something I really need to work on myself. I only track time for work, but it helps so much, so I want to do it for the rest of my time too.

    Does anyone have a time tracking app that they love?? Please recommend 🙂

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Awesome, Casey! Yes absolutely – time tracking for your personal time is so helpful in making sure you’re aligned with what’s most important to you 🙂 Marie loves this time
      tracking app, in case it may be a good tool for you:

  9. Thought-provoking interview thanks so much! The points that stood out for me or that we all have free time but we chop it up so it doesn’t feel like free time. I am guilty of being a phone Checker which I do believe creates a subtle stress and time scarcity.
    Another key point was prioritizing the most important work first either early in the week early in the day that being creative work or speculative work. I’m guilty of spending the first hour of the day looking at email which is probably the most administrative, least inspiring thing I can do!
    Action items – get over the resistance / fear and track time for the next two weeks, spend the first hour of my day working on the most important project, be more intentional about my free time and really let it be free.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      These are beautiful insights and action steps, Jenna! YES – here’s to prioritizing your most important, inspiring creative work first. We hope these strategies are so helpful for you in re-framing your sense of free time and minimizing stress!

  10. Karen

    Hi Marie and team, I do not know how you guys know but you managed to post a MarieTv with a topic that has me wondering for the last couple of weeks. This happens in a frequent basis?
    Let me explain: 2 weeks ago I followed a 1day course at work. Something about stress, burn-out… suddenly pops up a quiz about productivity. I was so sure I would nail this….shocker…I did not?I used too much energy, I worked too hard. My key line was: work smarter, not harder. So I looked again at the questions and my answers and guess what…the yes word is what did it everytime. I’m a pleaser? what can I say. So what I take from this interview: say “yes”, when it’s a real yes and clear your schedule to do it, otherwise it is a kind “no”. Finding excuses takes time, just do it instead or find a spot in your calender. Thank you so much for this interview. It did me well, even if this made me feel a bit out of my comfortzone?

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      YES Karen – we love hearing that this was just what you needed! You’re absolutely on the right track when it comes to taking back control over your time. Watch this episode for some fantastic support around how to say no kindly – we know this can be really tough at first, but we also know you can do it!

  11. Another wonderful episode from my boss Marie Forleo I like this one too

  12. Pat

    I love the idea of time tracking, but I haven’t found a good tool to use yet. What do you ladies use??

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hi Pat! Here’s a great time tracking tool that Marie has used: 🙂

      • Grace Green

        Thank you!

  13. Prioritize, create structure and commitment, first things first and then you’re free to face the rest of your day in a more relaxed state of being.

  14. Great conversation! I will try planning my week ahead on Friday afternoons rather than feeling flustered each Monday morning, doing planning when really feel like working.

  15. I don’t have 30 minutes to spend sitting and watching a video. I switched over to podcast so I could absorb the whole thing and still get stuff done. I enjoy listening to podcasts while handwashing dishes or folding laundry. They are otherwise rather mindless tasks that I don’t feel over-taxed by if I am multitasking. I have a YouTube weakness. And although I use social media to promote my blogs, I have to be mindful to stay on task. Distractions and mindless wandering are my weaknesses. I also find location can affect my focus. My office and desktop are much more productive than my living room and laptop, so I know where I have to go to be truly diligent with my attention.

  16. “Would you do it tomorrow?” That was good!! I will definitely keep this nugget front of mind as I continue to build my brand/business. It was extremely encouraging to hear that small progress is still progress. No one wants to hear about lowering your expectations. But knowing how to set attainable realistic expectations for yourself will help achieve “time freedom”. We have to glean and apply what will work for us as individuals. I certainly have experienced being sharper, more focused, and even more excited about what my tasks are when I am able to begin without distractions first thing in the morning. It’s more peaceful, and I am able to put time into what I really love in that early morning hour. I haven’t had that draining text message yet or had the disturbing conversation with a co-worker, or even listened to all of the bad that’s going on in my county let alone the world. So I’ve given my time to what is very important to me and what gives me joy and life BEFORE I give my attention to what else is going on in the world.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      LOVE this so much, Granita! Mornings are sacred 🙂 Huge kudos to you for prioritizing and making the most positive use of them!

  17. Diana

    Hello Marie & Laura!

    I really loved this video! As a business owner/mother of three, I often struggle with “not having enough time” especially to do fun and relaxing things for me. This talk gave me a lot of food for thought about how to change this. Appreciate it!

    Thanks so much!

  18. What a lovely woman and great advice. This is one of my favorite topics too. It would be hard to choose one point that made total sense because a lot of it resonated. I quit my “formal” art practice a while ago because it took too much time. We all can grow. I celebrate the things I make time for – but know I could always do better.

  19. Hi,
    Love loved this episode!!! I am a stay at home mom of 2 under 3 and blogging on the side. I have been truly struggling with finishing new content because I love perfect inspiring and deep posts. Your video came at a perfect time and I have noticed that I listen to a lot of podcasts for inspiration. However, being a morning person I should switch my listening to podcasts in the AM with the kids playing to putting a timer (working under pressure does me wonders!) and saying after maybe 3 20minutes sessions I am posting what I have written. Vs. taking my time, researching and getting lost in the sea of knowledge out there. Yayyyy!

    Much love, Christiane from Montreal, Canada

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      This sounds like a fantastic plan, Christiane! We totally hear you, there really is an endless sea of knowledge out there to get lost in, so prioritizing your own writing time first thing is incredibly important. I think you’ll find this episode really helpful too,!

  20. Ria

    Hey Marie, Well a big hello!!!
    First of all I wanna tell that I really like u from this far far distance ,u can’t imagine ,like really ??
    I want to ask sumthing about how to deal with confusion regarding relationships and how to know if we r leaving a relationship,the next one will b as good as that??? May b u think if he is good why I m leaving,but I don’t feel that way in this relationship,shud I force myself,pls guide me fr a better regret free decision
    Lots of love &respect ?

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hi Ria! Thank you so much for your kind words. We’re sorry to hear you’re facing a confusing time in your relationship, and are sending so much love and support your way. You’ll get through this! Check out this episode of MarieTV with some strategies for determining whether your relationship is the right fit:

  21. Mari

    Thank you! I loved the suggestion of tackling your hardest projects when you have the most energy aka early in the morning and early in the week. I recently moved and have been procrastinating on unpacking over 30 boxes of stuff. I keep on putting it off. So I might just do a box a day first thing in the morning. Should be done in a month 🙂

  22. Great advice. I need to track my time. I am going to start tracking my time every day.

  23. My takeaway is keeping track of a week’s worth of time can give you the ability to make big changes. I’m starting this today! Thank you for explaining how little time you need to apply to this!

  24. As a musician, I was disappointed to hear your negative comments about listening to music in the car. Calling it “crappy music”. Since you get to choose music you listen to, and there is a wide variety of music to listen to, I’m sorry you choose to listen to crappy music.

    I was very interested in what you had to say, but when you gave negative comment about listening to music in the car, it hit a nerve for me. I try so hard to be heard, and I hope that people like to enjoy music while they travel in the car. It’s a great way for musicians to be heard. So maybe think about framing your activities in a way that doesn’t diminish the quality of music you are listening to? I would hope you are able to choose music that is of a great quality, since there is so much in the world to choose from. Music can help relieve stress for many people, so maybe that is an asset or tool, not a negative. Thank you for considering my point of view.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hi Nicole, thank you so much for sharing this perspective here. We absolutely love music and musicians over here on Team Forleo and are so sorry this particular comment hit a nerve for you. It’s true, that music is incredibly therapeutic and stress-relieving, and it’s our hope too that folks who also appreciate music will use their time in the car to choose some that they deeply enjoy listening to. The example used here was more to demonstrate the time we can spend in our days somewhat mindlessly, and it’s always more beneficial to be mindful and intentional of how we’re spending our time. Listening to amazing music is of course a fantastic use of time for music lovers!

  25. Yawn

    I think setting more realistic goals that you can achieve in a day or in a week will be a lot better than a goal that you don’t know how much time it will take to finish. Just take baby steps and you will figure it out when you start doing your tasks. Thing will fall into place when you start taking action. Also, waking up early should be a discipline because it is true that it has become an excuse when I say I’m not a morning person. Thank you Marie and Laura for the insights. I’ll start making my time more valuable with the way I live my time.

  26. Alana Taylor

    great episode – I will be sharing some of these tips with my yoga classes… “The more moments that you note, the more time is memorable” ties in perfectly with my ‘mindfulness’ theme.
    Early to bed, early to rise, makes a person, healthy, wealthy and wise.. – an old adage that when I follow – gives me great energy and time to do so much more… this episode was a great reminder to GO TO BED EARLIER.. get up EARLIER.. conquer those important tasks EARLIER.. and also…to schedule what I WANT to do.. not just think about it… Have a great day!

  27. I needed exactly this today. Thank you! I started watching it in bed as I woke up, and then within five minutes I was out of bed and getting my workout clothes on to do a run that I had planned to “probably get to” in the afternoon. My favorite new concept was setting a timer for a couple small chunks a day to focus on what is most important to me. I’m going to try that for the rest of the month and see how it goes. I’m very excited!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      YES – go Leah! We love this so much. Way to take action! Hope your day is beautiful 🙂

  28. Lianne

    Such a great interview and inspiring for the start of the week. Lots of great tips and insights. We are masters at tricking ourselves about the whole time issue. I’ve dabbled at time tracking – but always found it pedantic, having done it with pen to paper. Is there an app that makes it easy to document your activities and timeframes. Then allow you to see an analysis. Sort of like a Fitbit for time management. I looked at the Team Forleo recommendation for ‘In The Moment’ – but it appears to be about time spent on the phone/devices. That’s only part of what I want to track. Would love any advice/recommendations from this amazing community of wise folks.

    • Sheila

      I have the same question…any recommendations for time tracking apps ?

      Thanks – love this topic!

  29. Chera

    I love the idea of tackling big projects one small step at a time. The examples of the writers who are able to finish books by writing a few minutes a day was insightful. Thanks so much for this video!

  30. This is such a valuable video! I loved it, mainly the comment of if you don’t know where the time went then it wasn’t memorable. My son is a senior in H.S. about to graduate. I am working everyday to be present and manage my time so that there is space to remember it all. Time doesn’t come back….and with age I realize that. Thank you for the gentle reminders and humor as well.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      So well said, Lindsay – it’s true! It’s really beautiful that you’re consciously making an effort to stay present and make positive memories TODAY. xoxo

  31. Analita

    WARM Hellos and MUCH APPRECIATION for me as well about this interview! Thank you!!
    I’d be very interested in learning which tracking tools ‘y’all’ like to use for time (and food/supplement and effects) tracking without that (tracking-) organization becoming a ‘time-sucker’ 😉 in itself. I know there is maaaany – and ‘it depends on whatever works for me’ – lalala – i get that… HENCE, the question: which one do you like best? 🙂 Merci! Merci!

    • Analita

      ooops – too fast… much appreciation FROM!!! me – of course!! So sorry!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hi Analita! While these don’t track food/supplement effects, here are two super simple and effective time tracking tools our Team has used and would recommend:

      There are so many great tools and apps out there today, we encourage you to do your research to find the right fit for your unique needs!

  32. elise lorraine

    I was really moved by the part where you spoke about forming memories , and nurturing them. I have a terrible memory which worries me as I get older. Fascinating to discover the link between that and being undisciplined with my time! By the way I’m doing B-school at the moment. Thanks so much!

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much for sharing your insights, Elise. We love having you in B-School with us! xo

  33. Oh my gosh what a great episode. I love the idea of tracking time and using early mornings and Mondays to tackle the highest priority items. I’ve found myself longing to have time for peace and leisure time and this episode showed me that by moving a few things around or canceling activities or meetings that don’t fit with my goals I might have more time for that.

  34. Lily

    I’ve appreciated a lot about this episode. It’s not that I don’t know or haven’t heard what I need to be doing; it’s that hearing it in a new way gives me perspective, and helps me find fresh energy and resolve. The highlights for me include 1) Laura’s kind, easy going way of talking about discipline (a nemesis for many people – including me) without shame, blame or guilt, 2) Finding one’s optimal time to be creative, to organize, to keep track 3) the quote about done beats perfection because perfection is a non sequitur without done (don’t recall exact wording), 4) Laura’s break down of the number of words one needs to write per week to finish a 70,000 word book in a year (hey, I CAN write 350 words 4 days per week), and 5) the opportunity to watch a peppy, positive video while washing a load of dishes (another nemesis for many people – including me) on a day I’ve chosen to slow down and take care of myself because I feel I’ll get a cold if I don’t. With gratitude…

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Love this, Lily! We’re so glad hearing Laura’s perspective was helpful, and hope you have a wonderful day taking care of yourself 🙂

  35. Great ideas! I tell my own clients most of this stuff. :). I especially like time tracking because people are usually surprised when they find out where their time is going.

    I love Marie TV but I would love it more if the camera in two shots would remain steady. I feel kind of sea sick watching it drift back and forth for no good reason.

  36. “The secret to long term productivity is, in the short run, to lower your expectations to what you can get done.” That was very helpful. I’m about to enter the busiest season in my career over the next 6 months (May – October) leaving me with little time to work on my book. I started stressing about it as I watch the busy season approach because I didn’t want my book to end up on the back burner for 6 months and lose momentum. This lead to my typical pattern of rigid thinking, “I must block 1-3 hours once a week on a weekend day to keep it moving.” Oh that disciplinary voice (sometimes my best friend and other times my worst enemy). I know I’m setting myself up for frustration because there will be many weekends when that won’t be possible. Life just doesn’t work that way. I hear my dad’s voice when I was a child “You need to learn to be more flexible.” Thank you Marie and Laura, for affirming that it’s okay to relax about this, and in the long run that mindset will lead to long term productivity. And I believe–better writing. Other nugget o’ wisdom– “Things become better once they’re out in the world. You’re getting better by putting something out there and seeing what you can learn from it.” It took me a year to get my booty into a writer’s group and share my synopsis. What a freeing experience that is, rather than keeping my story hidden away until it becomes something ‘perfect’ which I know is an illusion.

  37. Johanne Dahl

    Well, realizing that life will not change according to family/ problem matters. And recognizing the productive morning routine. And that I am telling myself all these lies about what I do. Really motivated to track time for a few weeks. And actually think I know where to find some time. And the workout-commitment you both have. Spend som time there yes…Thank you:-)

  38. I really love this conversation. It’s such a meaty one in this day and age. One nugget I’m going to take away is how we “chop up” our time on our phones and that it’s this weird gray area where it’s not actually leisure time and it’s not productive time! It makes me want to schedule in times during the day when I check my phone. I’ll have to experiment with what’s realistic. 🙂

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Great idea, Jamie Lynn! Putting boundaries around technology can work wonders. 🙂 We’re so glad you enjoyed this conversation!

  39. This episode was sooooo useful for me 🙂 thank you so much Marie 🙂 I´ll start to track my time and I am curious where all my time goes everyday 😀

  40. Houssem

    thanks very much for your beautiful advices
    but i want to know how can i work on myself and keep improving my skills because when i start with something i quickly feel bored so i stop

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Houssem, I know you’re absolutely not alone in finding it challenging to start a habit and then stay motivated. We did an amazing MarieTV episode a while back about helping make habits stick, so you might like to check that one out for a few great nuggets of wisdom:

      Thank you so much for watching and for being a part of this conversation!

  41. I really liked this episode. Effective time management is crucial to achieving tasks for our business. Sometimes we complain about lack of time, but it’s a matter of being organized and setting priorities. I also learned that doing time slots is almost a must in order to be more organized. Doing this has helped me a lot! I like how you emphasized on how the lack of sleep affects your productivity and getting things done the right way. The sleep part is something I’m still working on! lol. Thanks for sharing.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much for watching, Zola! Ahhhh the sleep part is so hard!! 🙂

  42. Hi Marie. Great subject. I have been looking for a way to have structure with my online business. It’s been suggested to set the time for it. I do but at is at any hour. I can see that taking a week of documenting each 24 hr will give me the insight to what works best for working. Keeping in mind the later the day the more obstacles to encounter. The NO is getting louder with family. It would be best to know the times I can give to them. And being in the moment is the best place to be. It’s such a blessing .

  43. Definitely monitoring my time is what I’d like to try.
    Because, when I monitor my finances, I have better results, so this should bring me a much needed clarity.
    Thank you, Marie!

  44. Hi Marie and Laura,
    Another lovely listener told me that I’d made it to Marie TV. Or my name had 🙂 So nice to hear that my story could be inspiring! Thanks to you both.
    Laureen Marchand

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Yay, Laureen! You’re so talented and we loved hearing more about you. 🙂

  45. Charmaine

    Marie + Laura,

    I absolutely loved this episode! All my adult life I have really struggled with GSD because it wasn’t perfect! Or I cram way too many ‘urgent not important’ things into my day. I have spent a lifetime of doing stuff for others before prioritising what has been on my list. It has absolutely stifled my career in the past + my own self worth for a very long time. My biggest learning from this video was DISCIPLINE = FREEDOM. I’ve heard it before but somehow today listening to Laura speak really resonated with me. Thank you!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      You got this, Charmaine! Your dreams matter and we’re proud of you for committing to make time for them. 🙂

  46. Cherie

    Well I think I might spend some time monitoring my time to see where I can improve. But the quote that resonated most is “done is better than perfect!”

    Thanks for the episode!

  47. Lisa Johnston

    Thank you!! This is exactly what I needed to hear now. I’m super disciplined, but time management has eluded me thus far. It feels like I have no time for personal projects or down time. I am excited to try tracking my time! And to read Laura’s books. Thank you again. Having you in my world Marie is SO helpful.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      It’s definitely tough. We hope Laura’s wisdom does the trick! We’re so happy you enjoyed this episode. <3

  48. Jacqui

    The more discipline one have, the more time one have.
    The more organized one is, the more time one have.
    ( it is like what everyone would say now – “marie-kondoing” time.) hehe
    The above is what I took away with me. It is something I needed to hear to confirm things. Need to work on that “not a morning person” with discipline. LOL…oh my goodness. Wish me luck!

    Thank you and cheers!

  49. Get right away on the « NO TRAIN »!
    And explain (not justified myself, this is not a excuse) that this is not MY priority and MY focus at this time.
    In my mind, I am truly greatful for the opportunity but I’ll pass because what I’m scanning myself my heart doesn’t want to do it, neither my tomorrow self.
    Thank you so much for bringing more clarity in my day .
    Sending you much much ?

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      All aboooooard! The No Train is pulling into the station and you’ve got a first class ticket. 🙂

  50. Creece Rubia

    I love the idea of time tracking. In reverse, I have a mat table-top calendar that includes health food items to buy, schedule for taking vitamins, fun outings, personal things which do not include work schedule because work is already a given. This special calendar has become a sort of journal for the past years. I mark every item/task done with a heart emoticon. And I always look forward to ticking an item off with a heart emoticon everyday. The idea of working on priorities when your energy is high: I want to try that one on writing a lecture presentation which has a deadline by the end of this month but as of now I don’t know where and when to start because I always feel tired, I will do that together with time blocking. I’ll also try 30 to 45 minutes creative blocks. I will also intentionally block my time for with social media and get more sleep!!!!!! Thank you so much for this episode as I always feel I’m running out of time to do so many things. It’s so helpful.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Love it, Creece! It sounds like you have some fantastic time management habits in place!

  51. calix

    very impressive. getting things done first before seeking for perfection is a great key and trigger to me.

  52. I absolutely love this topic as well! Specific ways that I have found so much time, so much time that people ask me all the time how do you get all that done? Number one I have not had a cable TV subscription and 17 years, number two I exercise every morning at 5 AM no changes no discussion, number 30 to 90 minute jam sessions To write presentations think through Instagram marketing campaign ideas have a conversation to design a new website. Each one of these is 30 minutes 45 minutes or 90 minutes to spend focused time accomplishing

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Brilliant, Elena! These are excellent habits.

  53. This is a topic that is at the forefront of my mind on a daily basis! I am a single mom trying to balance kids activities, my full time job and my small, but growing yoga business (with the help of B-school!). I used to work out all the time and feel so much more balanced but I find that the more I have taken on, the less I seem to be able to do any one thing. I just feel distracted all the time! I did download a time tracking app to use while I am working and it has been really helpful. I still feel the pull of distraction but it helps me feel more accountable. As I’ve tried to grow my outreach for my business on social media though, I feel that is where I’m all of a sudden losing hours of wasted time. I never used social media that much before and now I feel like I need to be on there trying to build my brand and it just feels yucky. 🙁 I loved this episode and all of the great reminders it provided! Thank you MF team!!!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      I totally hear you on this, Jessica. Social media can leave you feeling craptastic sometimes. The good news is there’s a social media bonus training coming up in B-School to help you streamline and make the most of your time on there and balance it with your business. We can’t wait to share it with you!

      Also, you’re doing AWESOME and we’re super proud of you for everything you’re doing and creating. <3

      • Yeah for the social media bonus! I can’t wait. And thank you for the encouragement 🙂

  54. Arija

    Marie & Laura, Hat off to you ladies! This topic & conversation is perhaps the most valuable for anyone juggling life in this modern day n’ age. From students in school, at the grind, hustling, studying & working. To the mothers and fathers out there juggling home/work life! To the CEO’s who are running multi national businesses & companies. Thank you so much for doing the work you do! The world needs this. Now More than EVER! Love ya. As for your question of what I am going to do today….The muscle I gotta flex the most, is planning in advance. As a mother, this saves so much time, and energy. Giving me more presence with my son & More presence with my business when I am working on it. Again Thank you xox Much Love

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much, Arija! We’re grateful for your sweet comment and we’re cheering you on as you’re planning ahead and saving time. 🙂

  55. People with the most discipline and control when it comes to their time feel the most relaxed about their time. Ho-ho-holy yes! That is big. I’m definitely going to check out more of Laura’s stuff. Thanks, Team Forleo!

  56. Jane DeLong

    B-school has made me VERY aware of my lack of productivity. It’s a lifelong weakness since childhood really. My mother called it my “daydreamy” side. I will definitely try some of these suggestions to help me slay this dragon and get to doing my real dream.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      It’s never too late to change old habits. We believe in you and know you can do this! <3

  57. Ohhhhh the conversations this sparked in my house! Let’s leave it there… haha!

    So I love the idea of being super productive in the morning. It’s 100% true for me that I’m at my best and most effective in the morning. The later it gets, the more interruptions and excuses that pop up. It’s also pretty illuminating to think that every single one of us actually has the same amount of time in a week. It’s almost a… fall back (is that the right word) to say something like, “there just isn’t enough time!” In the end, we choose to prioritize the things we do.

    Thanks for putting another book on my nightstand. I’ve already placed my order for this one. I heart Team Forleo!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Yay, Holly! We’re so glad Laura’s wisdom spoke to you and we hope you love her book as much as we did. 🙂

  58. Betsy

    So Good! I’m going to track my time. I love getting into a routine, but would be very interested to see how I can carve out more time to get more done! Exciting!

  59. This was great. I’m *almost* ready to track my time! Laura was very convincing that it’ll be useful, and I’m slightly nervous but even more curious. I’d love some recs of what app(s) to use! Thanks as always!!

  60. Marco

    The concept that affected me the most was the question, “Would I do it tomorrow?” This simple question was and is a game changer for me.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Such a great insight! We’re thrilled you’re putting it in action.

  61. Sam

    I have found over the years that focusing on one or two major things in my life rather than trying to do it all has made me much happier. Sure, there are some things I would like to do that I am not doing. But now I can fully enjoy the couple of things I have prioritized and not be stressed out.

  62. Rebecca Blake Thompson

    I have been a loyal MarieTV follower for many years, so I have been moved often, but THIS episode spoke to me in a way that I needed to hear more than any other message so far. LOVED IT! I am crippled by perfectionism and procrastination. Eager to dive deeper into these books and get an honest, clear picture of where all my freakin’ time is going (because it is not going towards the things I value most). THANK YOU!

  63. Denice Basnett

    This was so helpful! Loved it. Thank you.
    What was so interesting was how quickly these 30 minutes passed! Could not believe it when it was over. Definitely time well spent.
    I am going to exercise right now, and will simply set that hour a day every day so that there is never a question about whether to do it or not.
    First, however, I am going to pass this video onto all the people that I love.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Fantastic, Denice! We appreciate you sharing this episode and are glad you’re committing an hour to exercise every day. It really is a game changer!

  64. Suzy

    Marie I’m pretty sure you’re on my shoulder ready to give me the advice I need right at the moment I need it! LOVE this and will probably re-watch sections many times. I started off this year having set up time discipline practices instinctually – was feeling fab, productive and free – then became distracted with various birthday celebrations in mid-March, seeing friends, etc and suddenly wondered why the mumbling stress monster was back in my ear. I shall now feed it with time discipline once more as I know this is the best way to feel free & to get stuff done – and also use Laura’s other incredible tips and reminders too! Thank you so so much for bringing this into my life at just the right time, you productivity angels. Much love!

  65. Benson Modie

    Great conversation, so spot-on and relevant to every day personal productivity and fulfilment! Thank you so much for sharing this!

  66. Stephanie

    Time freedom = Joyously Productive. Spending time deliberately.

    I love this, I am sharing it with students to support their studying techniques.

  67. Maree Kimberley

    When it comes to writing (fiction, non-fiction, academic work, articles – whatever) the “Pomodoro method” is a great way to get progress and stop procrastination. I write fiction and I often found myself getting up and wandering around, needing to make a cup of tea, get water, check something in the kitchen or whatever, which was really a way of me avoiding the difficult parts of writing. But using the Pomodoro method (I do 45 mins writing with 15 mins break but the usual is around 25 minute writing blocks with a 10-15 minute break) makes me stick to my keyboard like glue. If I need tea, water, the toilet, to check texts or whatever, I have to wait until my break. It makes me so much more productive. I also go to a local monthly “shut up and write” session that uses the same method, except at break times we get to talk to other writers about our projects. Love it!

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Maree, this is an awesome method. We’ve heard from many people in our community that find this approach super helpful.

      That monthly session sounds pretty amazing. Talk about taking action, right?! Good for you! Write on.

  68. Eugenia

    I really loved this episode! Thanks for so many helpful insights not only about the relationship and personal perspective about time, but also about the concept of perfectionism and how it relates to time management. I have a 9 to 5 corporate job and I’ve been struggling to materialize a very special project for me that really fills my mind and soul, but I keep saying to myself that I don’t have the time to perfect it before it sees the light. And the truth is that something can be improved, only if it’s out there… what a powerful insight! Thanks so much for sharing, it’s just what I needed to hear!

  69. Victoria

    Thank you to both of you, this was informative and real. I’m working on some of the techniques you discussed but not sure how to assess & apply to myself lessons from those who seem to do/participate in so much – a regular job, on the board of their favorite charity, work on their MBA, starting their own business, sing in a choir (one you have to audition for to get in, not just the church choir) and travel with them . . . . plus they say they hike, scuba dive and . . . and . . and. Seems nearly unattainable yet some few seem to do it. Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions?
    Thank you again.

  70. Thanks Team Forleo! I am in a phase of re-boundarying…lol. What do I do with my time and what priorities do I have as I shift my role and open new opportunities. It’s exciting and is easy for me to slip into overwhelm of ideas. This episode of MarieTV and Laura’s advice is useful. It helps me ground and gives practical tips and reminders. I love the timer tip…it’s worked for me in the past in many circumstances, and I will bring it back for sure. Also, the reminder about Mondays and mornings. I need to re-align my Monday with my actual top priority, the priority my new schedule needs, the one that will only happen if I make it that way. Monday and Tuesday need to flip for me. Definitely. And the Friday afternoon tip…I like that. Let’s Sunday night be chill. The whole episode was great, as always. Cheers!

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      We hope that as you take a look at your priorities your dreams come to the top of the list, Heather. That’s where they belong. We’re so glad that you watched this episode and found it helpful.

      • Thank you, Heather ❤️❤️

  71. Thank you Princess Marie and Laura. My e-mail list has to be adjusted in order for me to make time for other things.

  72. Really enjoyed this episode – and the reminder that time tracking doesn’t have to be a time-consuming task. Even though I’m good with time management, I’m going to start paying more attention to where little bits of time slip away so I can continue to use my greatest resource with more intention. Thank you!

  73. Daniel Pereira

    Fantastic talk with Laura Vanderkam about time, it was fantastic advice for me and I am sure teaches us so much in points that most of us ignore and take it for grounded, and we carry on struggling and loosing time in our lives that could be useful and rewarding.
    Time is very pressures to be wasted, it robs us of progress and our joys of real life that is limited with no given time when it will end. After listen to Laura I realize how much time I wasted in going around and around in a few points that at the end wasted 80 % of time, that could be done in a much shorter time, and how much I personally lost, at the end to start from the beginning.
    It is hell when we fall in to a professional rut in certain points, and don’t know how to accept change, the older one gets the worst it will become, as I always say ( being old is not a disgrace, just ridiculous inconvenient )

  74. It’s funny but just a week before this episode was dropped, I wrote a blog post about the beginning of my obsession with productivity – in 2006, when I was starting to search for an alternative career. Laura’s book 168 Hours (2010 IIRC) figured into that arc, and I even created my first “freebie” (I was light years away from list building!) and emailed it to my friends – a time audit spreadsheet/OmniOutliner template accounting for each half hour (popup items you choose, not typing it in – this categorizes it for you without being a tedious accounting). It’s not to be used for longer than a week, unless you actually bill for your time or need to do such an audit for longer for a certain category.
    I’m now looking to carve out some more time in my schedule by shutting down some activities, shifting others, and starting something new. It’s another major change. I’m watching this episode right now, and I hope I get some new insights!

  75. 1st time listening to an episode and it was fascinating! I work as a Virtual Assistant helping busy entrepreneurs get some time back and often the 1st question I ask them is are they tracking their time to see what they are truly spending their time on.

  76. Grace Green

    Tracking my time can take as little time as brushing my teeth? There really is no excuse!

  77. Fantastic episode! Thank you so much!

    The points that really resonated with me:
    1. Thinking that “future me has an open calendar”, and asking myself“Would I do this tomorrow?” I say “Yes!” to way too much, then I get stressed out. I do this over and over again. I am determined to change this habit! For a while, I had a practice of only scheduling one speaking presentation and/or trade show a month for my small business. Well, this month, I somehow ended up with 5 speaking engagements, a big project, and 2 trade shows. And they happened one decision at a time! No more.
    2. I love looking at the next week on Friday to see if any adjustments need to be made. I am going to do that. Putting it on my Google calendar right now!
    3, I am totally a phone checker to try to get emails out of my inbox quickly. It keeps me from being present in the moment. Committed to changing this.

  78. Danielle

    This was such a fantastic episode!!! I’m always so grateful that these videos are made available on the blog as they continue to inspire me and bring so much insight to my life.
    I really appreciated the discussion surrounding what we say yes and no too and that it’s not an expectation that we must commit to everything that presents itself in our lives; committing to what feels aligns allows us to utilize our time so wisely and it’s encouraging to know that both Laura and Marie experience this too.

    Much love xoxox

  79. Laura Vanderkam’s book would be an AWESOME book club book… Especially if members were willing to share (on an ongoing basis = accountability!) Loved this episode. Played it twice. Once for me then again for my partner. xo

  80. …and I don’t regret a moment of the time I spent listening! (Pressed post too fast)

  81. Marie, that episode was fantastic! Laura is brilliant and her suggestions are dead on. I have lived some of that great advice. I wrote my first two books, uninterrupted, from 10 – 11 PM (I am one of those night owls), Sunday thru Thursday. It is amazing how quickly you can write a book when you write that consistently.
    Thank you, Marie and Laura, for a very enjoyable and educational show!

  82. For me, it’s definitely being more efficient with my time. Cutting out those 20 minutes here, half an hour there, when I’m about to do something but haven’t actually started yet. And focusing on what I’m actually doing, of course. If my phone is down, all the tabs are related to my current task, and I just get it done, then I’ll have so much more time opening up once I’ve finished my things for the day. It’s mad to think about how many minutes are wasted doing nothing, in the wrong way (because allowing yourself to do nothing is one of the best things ever!). That’s why I think time blocking might be good for me; each task has its own little block of time during the day, and hopefully won’t invade the other blocks and steal their time. Lastly, I really need to get ready quicker in the morning. You see, I’m a freelance writer and set my own schedule, and getting everything done before evening hits is the best thing – and can’t be done if I don’t get an early start!

  83. “Time is both precious and plentiful.” That phrase just nails it. While I was in my 9-to-5 job I really felt that time is precious and that I often had to spend it with things that I didn’t think were valuable, or worth it. I never seemed to have time enough to do things I wanted.
    Since launching my small business and being actively responsible of how I actually spend my time, I feel the difference. And I feel more often that time is plentiful. And that I have enough hours a day or a week to accomplish stuff.
    I never liked tracking things, habits because if I have to do a repeated action – the same thing over and over – I get bored with it really quickly. So while I probably won’t start tracking my time meticulously, I liked the advice to do things when being in the “flow” – most motivated and energized. And to give it a break when you are drained. Luckily I can afford this mentality in my current creative small business.

  84. Jen Stebbing

    This was such an insightful episode, thank you so much. I have tried to track my time a number of times and where I’ve fallen down is always the tech. As a freelancer I’m always on the move and so I need something that works on my MacBook as well as my phone and doesn’t just rely on a notepad which I either don’t have with me at crucial moments or that I never extract the info from. Do you have any recommendations for a good solution to this? I use Toggl for work tracking but it doesn’t work well enough across phone and computer. Also, what do you do when you’re task switching rapidly? I know I need to reduce this, as I know it makes me less productive, but I probably need to measure it first so I can see the impact it’s having! Thanks for everything that you do. Jen

  85. Chloé

    Love listening to your amazing ideas, suggestions and topics! As a stay-at-home mom I also thank you for putting the “adult language” warning at the beginning, haha!
    Long time fan,

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      We’re so glad you enjoyed this episode, Chloé – Laura has amazing suggestions!

  86. Thank you for the video, very interesting and helpful.

  87. Eva

    Nice article. I like talk shows.

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