In this episode “from the vault”, originally released in November 2021, I had the pleasure of chatting with Juliet Funt, author of “A Minute to Think: Reclaim Creativity, Conquer Busyness, and Do Your Best Work”. Together, we delved into how the often-overlooked concept of whitespace is crucial for creativity, productivity, and a balanced life. Juliet’s insights are particularly timely in our fast-paced, performative world where busyness often masquerades as effectiveness.
Our discussion ranged from tackling the misconceptions of work-life balance to the innovative concept of ‘time sketching’ versus traditional time management. Juliet’s approach to productivity isn’t just about doing more; it’s about creating space for what truly matters. This conversation is a must-listen for anyone looking to revitalize their approach to work and life.
Key Discussion Points
- The detrimental effects of “performative busyness” on well-being and productivity.
- Rethinking the concept of work-life balance and insatiability in the workplace.
- Creative strategies to boost productivity, exemplified by unconventional sales methods.
- The vital role of whitespace in fostering creativity and effective work habits.
- Juliet’s unique approach to time management: “time sketching” for flexibility.
- Addressing the ‘thieves of time’ like social media, email, and meetings.
- The importance of integrating whitespace into daily life for focus and creativity.
This episode with Juliet Funt was an enlightening journey through the realms of productivity and personal growth. Her perspective on embracing whitespace and thoughtful time management is a game-changer for anyone feeling overwhelmed by the hustle culture. Remember, it’s not just about doing more; it’s about creating space to do what’s truly important.
Links Worth Exploring
- Connect with Juliet: Website | X | LinkedIn
- Get The Book: A Minute to Think: Reclaim Creativity, Conquer Busyness, and Do Your Best Work
- Check Out This Book: Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman
- My Conversations with Cal Newport: Episode 93 | Episode 229 | Episode 360
- Austin Kleon’s Appearance on The Podcast: Listen Here
- Matthew Fox’s Book: The Reinvention of Work: A New Vision of Livelihood for Our Time
- Listen To This: Why Is My Life So Hard? (Ep. 280) – Freakonomics
- Related Conversation: Episode 266: Becoming Indistractable with Nir Eyal
- Related Blog Post: Pause and Affect
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