Laura Vanderkam’s new book, “Off The Clock,” suggests that taking the time to invest in relationships and personal contact can make the day feel fuller and richer, and give us more to look back on. It is often the very people who feel they have no time for friends and family who feel the most harried, but investing time in relationships that make you feel good and range across different aspects of your life can help you to be at your best and get more out of the time you do spend on work.
- Laura Vanderkam’s new book, “Off the Clock” posits that what people really crave is to make more memories with their day, not just “getting things done.”
- Investing in relationships that make you feel better and crisscross the wisest possible swathe of your life is a way to get more from the hours you do put into work.
- One of Vanderkam’s most important tips is to do everything you planned to do, even if you do not feel like it.
“The anticipating and reminiscing self are usually aligned. If you plan to attend a networking event to meet a business woman you admire, you’ll also probably be happy you went to it. Where people get stuck is that the experiencing self (the piece of you that makes the decision, in that moment, to skip the event) is usually too focused on making that moment easy.”