253. How to create more meaning, more time, and more tranquility (Part 2)

With Laura Vanderkam
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Title: How to create more meaning, more time, and more tranquility in your life (Part 2)

ENCORE Episode 253


Ever feel like your to-do list is running your life? Maybe you’re frustrated that you don’t have time for the types of experiences that make life more meaningful? Maybe you feel like your time is literally flying, but you don’t feel like you have much to show for it?

These feelings are familiar to most of us, and they are often accompanied by an overall feeling of being overwhelmed. In this state, it’s very difficult to take a step back and experience joy or to work to invest in those experiences that help us build and sustain influence in our lives and careers. 

Chaos — and the overwhelm it leads to — can hijack our precious mental energy diverting it away from those projects and people who are most important to us. It’s calmness that enables us to be more present, while still getting all the things done that have to happen in a given day or week. It also happens to be an essential building block for building and sustaining influence! 

THIS WEEK’S GUEST:  Laura Vanderkam is a time management and productivity expert, and the author of “Tranquility by Tuesday,” her latest book among an impressive library of some nine books on time management and productivity. Her work has appeared in: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune and Fast Company, and she is a repeat guest on She Said/She Said Podcast (Episode 93) having joined me back in 2020 to talk about WFH strategies with kids during the pandemic. Laura also hosts two podcasts: Before Breakfast, and co-hosts The Best of Both Worlds with Sarah Hart-Unger. 

NOTE: This ENCORE conversation with Laura Vanderkam is split into two episodes — Episode 252 Part 1, and Episode 253 Part 2.    


  • MINDSET: How your mindset impacts how you view time.
  • BATCHING: Why and how to “batch” smaller tasks.
  • FALSE NARRATIVES: How to tackle your own false narratives about time and “busyness.”
  • MAKING SPACE V. WASTING TIME: The real difference between wasted time v. making time and space to think. 
  • TAKING ON “THE 2 MINUTE RULE: Why “the two minute rule” might not be the time saver you think it is. 
  • WFH: The WFH productivity/distraction balance. 
  • BACKUP PLANS: How to create effective backup plans, and how they can contribute to “career resilience”. 

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About Laura Vanderkam

Purchase “Tranquility by Tuesday” 

Download Laura Vanderkam’s FREE Time Makeover Guide

She Said/She Said Podcast Episode 204  Lisa Woodruff, Organize 360 on “batching tasks” and The Sunday Basket 

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