Off the Clock by Laura Vanderkam

Off the Clock

"I well recall a conversation with an executive I hoped to interview about her astonishing productivity. I began our call with an assurance that I would not take much of her time. She laughed. 'Oh, I have all the time in the world,' she said."Most of us feel constantly behind, unsure how to escape feeling oppressed by busyness. Laura Vanderkam, unlike other time-management gurus, believes that in order to get more done, we must first feel like we...

Details Off the Clock

TitleOff the Clock
Release DateMay 29th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Business, Productivity

Reviews Off the Clock

  • L.A. Starks
    This is an excellent book--especially for anyone who read the novel "I Don't Know How She Does It" hoping for an answer: Vanderkam, with a career and four kids under the age of ten, provides more answers in this sequel to her first book, "I Know How She Does It." Readers who are 24/7 parents of young children or who have other family responsibilities at that level of full-time intensity will especially welcome these helpful, reassuring sets of su...
  • Katherine Lewis
    It's no exaggeration to say that Laura Vanderkam's writing has changed my life. Her earlier books forced me to confront my own part in procrastination, avoiding hard tasks and making excuses like "I don't have the time." This book - Off the Clock - crystalizes all her earlier writing into an easy-to-follow (though sometimes counterintuitive) set of principles for making the most of your time. The author is a busy journalist, speaker, wife and mot...
  • Janssen
    I didn't feel like this was as readable as some of her books, but I LOVED it. So thoughtful and I was talking and thinking about it non-stop.
  • Sally Ewan
    I tried to read her book about 168 hours in a week, but got frustrated with the time tracking thing. (I'm already obsessive enough without filling in a grid of everything I do.)But this book had some nice points to ponder, and so I will do that as I go about my life. Thinking about the people in my life and how to reach out to them....not in a networking kind of way, but in a caring way. I'm not looking to achieve success through relationships, b...
  • Lori
    So many of the ideas in this book are things we already know we should or could be doing, but I needed the extra encouragement to implement them.One of the big "take aways" for me is to create memorable experiences, not necessarily momentous ones. So many of my evenings seem to be frittered away without a plan. Now I am trying to be more intentional about how I spend my after dinner time. I have loved the long walks I am taking with my husband. T...
  • Sarah
    Vanderkam on building in quality to the time you create by tracking your time. I'm an LVk fangirl and I liked it. It wasn't life-changing (like at least one of her other books has been for me) but it was good. It could probably have fit on an index card, but I get that she needed to make it a book. Because I read her blog, and get her newsletter, and listen to her podcast, and whatnot, there wasn't much new, but that's not her fault! I need to re...
  • Julie
    Fabulous ideas about how to make time "move slowly", I guess you could say. Why does time seem to fly by some days, but CRAWWWWL by on others? Can we consciously make time move slower by changing our mental perceptions of it? I love Vanderkam's books, and this one is great. I'd love to track my time/hours again, like I did after reading her 168 Hours. Some favorite thoughts (by Vanderkam, unless otherwise noted):"Can we alter our perception of ti...
  • Cory Zorker
    This is a great book and I look forward to putting its advice to practice in my day-to-day life. I listened to the unabridged audio version.Just like anything else, the more mindful we are in a particular area in our lives (diet, exercise, finance), the better our outcome.That's what was so intriguing to me about this book. If I can get a better handle on my time, then I can accomplish more and improve other areas in my life. As the book states, ...
  • Amanda
    In any case, people with all the time in the world know that happiness is a worthy goal. Because how we live our hours is how we live our lives, being happy with our lives means being happy with our hours. As I read this, I thought of how full my life is with my husband and son, family and friends, running a library, being on the board for the Junior League, PTO, and a professional organization, Wellspring, church, exercising, all my hobbies (tra...
  • Melanie
    I became hooked on Laura's books and her time-tracking recommendations ever since I heard her speak at the American Society of Journalist and Authors' annual meeting a couple of years ago. (Plus, I've spoken to her a few times, and she's a lovely person.) I pre-ordered this book and thought I'd gather a few more good tips related to time tracking. But this book is so much more than I thought it would be. It's not just a quick-read, "here are a fe...
  • Benjamin Spall
    I’ve been following Laura’s work for a year or two now, so I was expecting to like this book. But I more than liked it. The wisdom found within these pages is so simple yet profound. As I’ve found myself becoming busier over the years I’ve struggled to manage my time, often to the extent that I feel like I’m not getting anything done while also feeling like I’m not spending enough time with my family.In this book Laura shows us that y...
  • Robin
    I am always interested in how people use their time and organize their lives, and in picking up ideas about how I might consider my own time usage. Vanderkam begins by tracking time (1/2 houor increments) but is ultimately focusing on more living and less busyness. Mindfulness and intentionality are part of her suggestions, along with reframing things, changing perceptions, and building new habits. Happiness and people definitely figure into her ...
  • Jennifer
    Thoughtful, practical, and packed with suggestions that anyone could implement. I like Vanderkam’s style, and her emphasis on looking at our weeks as a whole when thinking about time instead of dwelling on individual days that might feel chaotic. Well-written, and perhaps because I’ve listened to the author’s podcast, I could really “hear” her voice as if she was talking to me. I liked the workbook included at the end to remind the read...
  • Pamela
    I have been a huge fan of Laura Vanderkam’s worksince her book 168 Hours. Her 100 Dreams List changes my life. Off The Clock is the perfect continuation of her philosophy on time. She breaks down the key steps to create moments that matter and how to take ownership of our lives so that they are accessible to anyone willing to do the work. If someone asks you on Monday morning what you did over the weekend and you can’t remember you MUST read ...
  • Julie
    2.5 I must have read about this on one of the book blogs I read. I am not sure why I wanted to read it- I have never had a problem with time management or getting things done. The one good takeaway I got was that time is fleeting, so live it up while you can- even if it is in small measures. Call friends, go out for dinner somewhere new, discover new neighborhoods. Life is short.
  • Stacy A
    I absolutely love Laura Vanderkam’s prior books and podcast. But I just didn’t get into this one. So much felt repetitive from prior books and the podcast. At one point I didn’t think I’d even finish. I’m disappointed because I wanted to love this book, but it didn’t introduce any new things or even good tips.
  • Gina
    Although the approach was much different, this book has much in common with The ONE Thing. Keller’s book explained the idea behind the ONE Thing and detailed how it might be implemented. Off the Clock used stories, examples, and research data to make suggestions about how and what to prioritize. Together, the books have provided a lot to think about and, hopefully, act upon.
  • Stephanie
    This book gave me so much to think & talk about, and I even went back and re-listened to the chapter on relationships after I was done. Her stuff about the Anticipating/experiencing/memory self (and not letting the lazy or stressed “experiencing self” chest the other two) especially hit home for me.
  • Mary
    Of course I would give our daughter a five star review! But in all honesty, I did enjoy reading her latest book. I have plenty of time in my retirement but it is still good to think about many of her suggestions--making time for friends, for fun, for memories, and for family! I like the idea of thinking about the anticipating and experiencing and remembering selves. Right now we are in the middle of visiting all three children and seven grandchil...
  • Erika
    Thought provoking AND entertaining I really enjoyed this book. There are useful tips for making your time more meaningful and just the right amount of explanation for why it works. I thought it was very readable without a lot of excess or lulls in the action. Overall glad to have read it!
  • Naomi
    I read this at the right time. I feel like Laura Vanderkam's analysis of how much time we really have and the different ways we spend that time has really helped me see the time that I do have instead of what I don't have. My only complaint would be how the book is geared more towards people who have control of their schedules rather than someone like me whose work schedule is set with a lot of extra hours required. Off the Clock was still worth ...
  • Caitlin
    Excellent, quick read, chock full of great ideas for how to enhance the way you experience time and still be productive (more productive than before, even). There is a great balance of personal and realistic anecdotes from the author and stories from other people, as well as research to back up the theories. Highly recommended, especially for anyone who feels pressed for time at home or at work.
  • Elizabeth
    I always enjoy Laura Vanderkam's books. I think they offer practical advice and give the reader a sense of optimism about the ability to make changes to harness more time for doing the things one wants to do.
  • Julia
    3.5 stars. I enjoyed this book. It gave me a lot to think about and I hope I can implement some of the tips. The section on how not to be late is very apt for my own life and I really hope I can now start to be on time!
  • Ana Gutierrez
    This was an interesting book with good suggestions on how to feel less pressed for time - really it's helping you maximize your time and be more productive while also making time FOR YOURSELF!Definitely food for thought.
  • Carrie
    I enjoyed reading Laura Vanderkam's new book - I always enjoy hearing her research about how people get more done. But I felt like this book was less about getting more done, and just feeling like you have more time. Still interesting but not what I was hoping for...
  • Beth
    Mostly a rehash of ideas she's written about previously, but not as interesting. Lots of content based on a not particularly well explained study with no analysis of uncertainties or whether the results she discussed were significant.
  • Abby
    I really enjoyed this book. I recommend listening to the audiobook to hear Laura’s voice. As a full-time working mother of 2 young children, I gained a lot of insights as how to make better use of my time. We reread again the future for a refresher.
  • Jeff Patnaude
    Help for a busy momI an a mother of 5 boys who works full time as a college professor. This book helped me to analyze my time and deliberately put in more enjoyable time! I love the idea of not letting your spoiled, present-self control your narrative!