How I Work

Part 2: Jake Knapp on sharing "news duty", avoiding video calls, and being a better listener

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This is part 2 of my chat with Jake Knapp.  If you didn’t listen to last week’s episode, Jake spent the last 10 years at Google and Google Ventures where he created the Design Sprint, which is a method for building and testing a prototype in five days. He then went on and wrote a book about the process, called Sprint, which was a New York Times bestseller. He recently wrote another book called Make Time, which I mentioned on a previous episode. I personally loved Make Time, which is all about strategies to help make time for doing your most important work and really getting the most out of each day. Check out my very first interview with Jake. And check out Part 1 of this interview here. We cover: - How Jake and his wife deliberately design each day in 15-30 minute increments - The importance of planning his morning to set himself up for the rest of the day - Our favourite calendar software - On sharing “news duty” with his wife and how it has completely changed the way Jake consumes news - Daily dancing to improve mood - Using phone calls instead of video calls - On trying to be a better listener and stop solving people’s problems. Books - You’re Not Listening Find out more about Jake here: - Running remote Sprints - The Jake and Jonathon podcast - Jake’s website - Jake’s books Sprint and Make Time Visit for full show notes from all episodes.   Get in touch at [email protected]   If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at  

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