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Timeboxing: The Power of Doing One Thing at a Time (Paperback)

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The gloriously simple practice of choosing one thing to do, when to do it, and getting it done.

Every day, a billion knowledge workers wake up, gravitate towards a pixelated screen and process information for eight hours or more, facing an endless and bewildering array of work and life choices. We’re confronted with countless always-on options; untimely, unsolicited notifications; and a constant competition for our attention. This depletes our faculty for choosing the right things to do, leading millions to become perplexed, frazzled, anxious, or depressed.

by Marc Zao-Sanders is a comprehensive guide to carefully and intentionally selecting what to do, specifying start and finish times, focusing solely on that single activity, and getting it done to an acceptable standard within that timeframe. This is the fundamental, transcendent time-management practice; countless luminaries, from Carl Jung and Albert Einstein to Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, have employed some form of it in their daily lives. Zao-Sanders provides an informative and accessible look at every aspect of this revolutionary method– how to do it consistently, and how to do it well.

offers guidance on what you can, should, and will do at any given moment. This pragmatic and life-changing practice of intentional daily activity has been proven to yield what almost every human being wants most: a chosen, cherished life.

About the Author

Marc Zao-Sanders is the CEO and co-founder of, a learning tech company. He regularly writes about algorithms, learning and productivity in Scientific American, Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review. He has followed the practice of timeboxing for over ten years. He lives in London.

Praise For…

“A masterclass in intentional living. This book on timeboxing is essential for anyone seeking focus in a distracted world. I've long championed the benefits of timeboxing, and Marc’s book brings it to life."
—Nir Eyal, bestselling author of Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life

“Timeboxing can help you get things done, but more importantly, it can help you do more of what you love and less of what you hate. Zao-Sanders will explain to you how timeboxing the stuff you have to do but don't want to do as well as the things you do want to do will help you get more pleasure and less tedium out of life. As you internalize the lessons of this exceptionally wise book, you’ll begin to feel the presence of a coach who’s there with you every step of the way.”
—Kim Scott, author of Radical Candor

Timeboxing is a delight. The book is interesting and practical. Each chapter serves a purpose. Best of all, the method really works. For over 30 years I’ve sought to optimize my work and my life. I thought I had things pretty much figured out. But then I read Timeboxing. The impact was immediate and dramatic. My new habit of timeboxing each morning has lifted me to a new level of focus, calm, and productivity. We all can benefit from more focus and more impact. That’s exactly what Timeboxing offers. The short chapters are well organized and easy to read. You can use the techniques immediately to boost productivity with less stress each day. If my Stanford students could read only one book this year, I’d want it to be Timeboxing by Marc Zao-Sanders.”
—BJ Fogg, author of Tiny Habits

“Now more than ever effective focus is a problem many, probably most of us feel. We are confused and overwhelmed on a daily basis. This smart and engaging book presents a deceptively simple, subtly powerful technique for structuring our lives and work to actually get things done. It's a revelation.”
—Michael Bhaskar, New York Times bestselling author of Curation and co-author of The Coming Wave

"Timeboxing is an eminently practical book that changed my habits almost immediately—and also changed the way I think about time itself. Box time on your calendar right now to read this book."
—Luke Burgis, author of Wanting

“Constraint=Freedom. In Timeboxing, Marc Zao-Sanders explores the why behind constraining your time as well as the practical details of how to make it happen. The goal isn't to live a rigid existence but instead a life vibrant with intention and full of what truly matters to you. If you feel like you're floating through life without a plan, read this book.”
—Elizabeth Grace Saunders, time management coach and author of The Three Secrets to Effective Time Investment

"This brilliant book will teach you how to stop trying to do too much, so that you can actually get more done! Bound to become a classic in the productivity literature."
—Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, author of The Talent Illusion and I, Human

"A simple productivity method to transform your focus."
Women’s Health

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250340153
ISBN-10: 1250340152
Publisher: St. Martin's Essentials
Publication Date: March 19th, 2024
Pages: 320
Language: English