Make Time

Make Time is a book on productivity, it talks about how to make effective use of your time. It suggest a method that involves picking a highlight for the day, one high-priority goal. There can be different frameworks on how too choose, for instance:

  • What’s the most pressing thing I have to do today?
  • At the end of the day, which one will bring me the most satisfaction?
  • When I reflect on today, what will bring me the most joy?

There’s a lot of emphasis on being able to focus:

  • Become a morning person
  • Delete infinity pools from your phone
  • Logout from social apps
  • Clear your home screen
  • Don’t check your phone first thing in the morning
  • Use a vacation timer to turn off WiFi at night
  • Optimize your caffeine intake to avoid caffeine crash: If you wake up at 7 am
    • Have first cup between 9:30-10:30
    • Have lust cup between 1:30-2:30
  • Drink green tea
  • Do the 7 minute workout
  • Prefer Dark chocolate for sugar (but watch out, it has caffeine)

Overall, a quick, fun read with lots of ideas to try out!

November 10, 2018


Ikigai talks about world’s blue zones, where people live longer and have fewer diseases than anywhere else in the world. Places like Okinawa, Japan or Sardinia, Italy. Scientists interview centurians that live in these regions and try to find insights about longevity. Some of the recommendations are:

  • Fill your belly to 80%, stop eating before you’re full
  • Eat a wide variey of vegatables every day
  • Grains are the foundation of their diet, they rarely eat sugar.
  • Drink green tea, rich in antioxidants
  • Stay active, do lightweight exercise

Overall, the book isn’t very coherent, and talks about many different subjects and doesn’t have a single hypothesis.

November 10, 2018

Lost and Founder

In Lost and Founder, Rand Fishkin, the founder of search engine optimization company Moz, shares his experience on starting a consulting business and turning it into a product company.

It’s very common to start a services business, and he shows some counter-intituive scenarios on how a consulting business could be a better financial deal as a founder. It was also eye opening to see the sort of multipliers VC firms expect during a sale, and how incentives can be misaligned between founders and VCs.

The book contains a lot of advice on how to manage people, run a company as a CEO, as well as lessons learned from launching a MVP, raising VC money etc.

Overall, it was an interesting read based on real experience. This book is for you if you’re running a service business or if you’re interested in startups!

November 2, 2018

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