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246: Beat Distraction and Expand Your Time with Cassie Holmes

By September 6, 2022December 27th, 2022No Comments

Let me guess… you’ve got a goal in mind. Maybe it’s a work project. Maybe it’s a new hobby. Maybe it’s just keeping house a little better.

And you have moments where you tell yourself, “Yeah, this is who I’m gonna be,” but then when it comes down to it, you find yourself scrolling your phone or starting a new series that has 72 episodes in the queue for you to catch up on… and so you make the goal smaller or you just let it go completely.

But let’s be real, if you want to build the future of your dreams, you have to prioritize your future self. And that doesn’t need to take away from the bliss you find in the present.

The problem is, sometimes it seems we have our butts in high gear the whole time and there’s still just not enough time in a day.

So where’s the balance? When is it the best decision to chill vs pump yourself up? How do I make the most of my time? And even more importantly, when I do figure out how to make the most of my time, how do I actually get myself to stick to it?

So that’s what we’re talking about today.

Our guest is Cassie Holmes. She is a professor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, where she is an award-winning teacher and researcher. Holmes’s work on the intersection of time and happiness has been published in lead academic journals and featured in such outlets like NPR, The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and more. She’s also the author of “Happier Hour: How to Beat Distraction, Expand Your Time, and Focus on What Matters Most”.

We Will Learn

  • The relationship between the amount of time people have in their daily lives and their overall happiness.
  • Strategies to make activities that feel like a waste a little more satisfying.
  • How to craft your time with variation.


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