Saturday, May 4, 2024

Timeboxing by Marc Zao-Sanders Book Review

About the Book:

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.

My Review:

It wasn't too long ago that multitasking was all the rage. Now studies have shown that focusing on one task at a time is much better. But we are still frequently distracted. I have read before that timeboxing is an effective technique but never knew how to fully implement it.

Here, Zao-Sanders gives detailed information on the importance of it and examples of how it works. He helps readers understand how a to-do list figures in and how to estimate time for tasks. He also includes general leadership, productivity tips, having a good mental state and more. I like the idea of making sure restorative breaks and rest periods are included.

I appreciate the estimated time given to read each chapter and the review of important points as well as reflection questions at chapter end. I do wish there had been more on the specific use of technology for this older non-teach savvy individual.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

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. Photo credit: Edis Potori/Valtech.

St Martin's Essentials, 176 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

1 comment:

Deborah Dumm said...

Sounds like a great book.