Being Busy vs. Creating Results - What Are You Doing? with Jake Knapp

In this episode we discuss what happens when you mistake being busy with creating results, we take a hard look at time management and examine concrete strategies for carving out more time, we look at the dangerous power of “defaults” in shaping our behavior and how we can use them to our advantage, and examine how to have a healthy relationship with our inbox with our guest Jake Knapp. 

Jake is the New York Times bestselling author of Sprint. He spent ten years at Google and Google Ventures, where he created the Design Sprint process and ran it over 150 times with companies like Nest, Slack, 23andMe, and Flatiron Health. Previously, Jake helped build products like Gmail, Google Hangouts, and Microsoft Encarta, and his work has been featured in Tech Crunch, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and more.Jake’s own battle and journey with time, time management, and figuring out how to make the most of his time, effort, and energy to create more results Lessons from a “time dork” who has spent time in the trenches thinking about how to best spend your timeWe spend a lot of our time in the world of “defaults” - with our technology platformsThe “busy bandwagon” - the cultural norm of wanting to be and appear that you’re busyDeleting instagram, facebook, twitter and more from his phone helped Jake be more present What happens when you mistake being busy with creating resultsIf you're caught up in the minutiae of life - what can you do to step back and get clarity on priorities and what’s really important in your life?There’s no secret solution for everyone - it’s about trying strategies to see what works for you - and constantly engaging in contemplative analysis of what’s important A “burner list” strategy you can use to organize your todo list We’re not super human and we don’t want to be - many of us wouldn’t be happy with the life of Elon MuskThink about the space between a TASK and a GOAL - clear 60-90 minutes to really dive in and create results on your most important item on your ToDo listYou don’t need to be busier to create the results you want - its about taking control of what you’re doing“Someday” goals can become realities if you prioritize correctly and break them into executable chunks If you’re not taking steps toward your goals, they effectively don’t existThe importance of creating a meaningful connection to your goals - to create motivation in the near termYou have the ability to “recover time” in your day by spending less time in a reactive stateAs one of the early pioneers of email, spending his time help building gmail app and much more - Jake has some strong insights into how we can have a healthy relationship with our inboxes The difficulty of saying no - and how we can do a better job of itGet out saying yes/no to commitments in person, defer and come back later when you’ve had time to think about itSaying yes to something is a great way to kill your own priorities. They are like barnacles on the hull of your shipTrying to construct situations where a team can make really good decisions using the Design Sprint process Lessons from constructing environments to help people make better decisionsThe design sprint process and how it helps teams work together and make great decisions

Making sure that you’re considering opinionated / conflicting solutions to, and creating an environment where it’s healthy to have disagreement 

Anonymous disagreement on paper

Homework - Lightning Decision Jam Homework - What is your distraction kryptonite?

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