The Make Time tactics

Make Time includes more than 80 tactics for finding focus and building energy, plus a four-step daily framework for choosing the ones that work best for you. Each of these have been tested by us or by readers of the Time Dorks newsletter. You can find a few early versions of these tactics linked below, plus bonus tactics from us and readers.


Bonus Tactics

These tactics aren't in the book, but we still think they're worth sharing!


Reader Tactics

Great new ideas from readers of Make Time. Have one to share? Tweet @ us.


Choose Your Highlight

1. Write It Down

2. Groundhog It (or, “Do Yesterday Again”)

3. Stack Rank Your Life

4. Batch the Little Stuff

5. The Might-Do List

6. The Burner List

7. Run a Personal Sprint

Make Time For Your Highlight

8. Schedule Your Highlight

9. Block Your Calendar

10. Bulldoze Your Calendar

11. Flake It Till You Make It

12. Just Say No

13. Design Your Day

14. Become a Morning Person

15. Nighttime Is Highlight Time

16. Quit When You’re Done


Be the Boss of Your Phone

17. Try a Distraction-Free Phone

18. Log Out

19. Nix Notifications

20. Clear Your Homescreen

21. Wear a Wristwatch

22. Leave Devices Behind

Stay Out of Infinity Pools

23. Skip the Morning Check-In

24. Block Distraction Kryptonite

25. Ignore the News

26. Put Your Toys Away

27. Fly Without Wi-Fi

28. Put a Timer on the Internet

29. Cancel the Internet

30. Watch Out for Time Craters

31. Trade Fake Wins for Real Wins

32. Turn Distractions into Tools

33. Become a Fair-Weather Fan

Slow Your Inbox

34. Deal with Email at the End of the Day

35. Schedule Email Time

36. Empty Your Inbox Once a Week

37. Pretend Messages Are Letters

38. Be Slow to Respond

39. Reset Expectations

40. Set Up Send-Only Email

41. Vacation Off the Grid

42. Lock Yourself Out

Make TV a “Sometimes Treat”

43. Don’t Watch the News

44. Put Your TV in the Corner

45. Ditch Your TV for a Projector

46. Go à la Carte Instead of All-You-Can-Eat

47. If You Love Something, Set It Free

Find Flow

48. Shut the Door

49. Invent a Deadline

50. Explode Your Highlight

51. Play a Laser Sound Track

52. Set a Visible Timer

53. Avoid the Lure of Fancy Tools

54. Start on Paper

Stay in the Zone

55. Make a “Random Question” List

56. Notice One Breath

57. Be Bored

58. Be Stuck

59. Take a Day Off

60. Go All In


Keep It Moving

61. Exercise Every Day (but Don’t Be a Hero)

62. Pound the Pavement

63. Inconvenience Yourself

64. Squeeze in a Super Short Workout

Eat Real Food

65. Eat Like a Hunter-Gatherer

66. Central Park Your Plate

67. Stay Hungry

68. Snack Like a Toddler

69. Go on the Dark Chocolate Plan

Optimize Caffeine

70. Wake Up Before You Caffeinate

71. Caffeinate Before You Crash

72. Take a Caffeine Nap

73. Maintain Altitude with Green Tea

74. Turbo Your Highlight

75. Learn Your Last Call

76. Disconnect Sugar

Go Off the Grid

77. Get Woodsy

78. Trick Yourself into Meditating

79. Leave Your Headphones at Home

80. Take Real Breaks

Make It Personal

81. Spend Time with Your Tribe

82. Eat Without Screens

Sleep in a Cave

83. Make Your Bedroom a Bed Room

84. Fake the Sunset

85. Sneak a Nap

86. Don’t Jet-Lag Yourself

87. Put On Your Own Oxygen Mask First