Uptime Book Summary - Uptime Book explained in key points
Listen to the Intro

Uptime summary

Laura Mae Martin

A Practical Guide to Personal Productivity and Wellbeing

4.4 (49 ratings)
19 mins
Table of Contents

    Summary of 5 key ideas

    Audio & text in the Blinkist app
    Key idea 1 of 5

    Prioritize tasks and master the art of saying no

    Say someone stops you on the street and asks about your top three priorities. Could you answer quickly and confidently? This isn’t just a hypothetical question – it’s an important starting point that’ll help you take control of your time and focus on what matters most. Identifying your top three priorities is like laying the foundation of a house; it determines the structure and direction of everything that follows.

    Once you’ve identified your priorities, break them down into actionable tasks. For example, if one of your priorities is to enhance your professional skills, a task could be to complete an online course relevant to your field by scheduling study sessions three times a week.

    But life often presents more tasks than you have time for, so the art of saying no becomes invaluable. And how exactly do you do that? Here’s a practical approach: First, consider if the request directly contributes to your top priorities. If it doesn’t, think about whether declining it might open up opportunities for tasks that do. When saying no, be direct but polite. Explain that while you appreciate the offer or request, your current priorities mean you need to focus elsewhere. For instance, if you’re asked to volunteer for a new project at work that doesn’t align with your key goals, you might say, “Thank you for considering me. I’m currently committed to x – specify your priority here – and need to focus my efforts there to achieve our shared goals.”

    To manage your tasks efficiently, employ the list funnel method. This is your roadmap for navigating your priorities and tasks. Start with your main list, a comprehensive compilation of everything you need or want to do – both personally and professionally. Then, each week, distill this down to a weekly list, selecting tasks that are most pressing or contribute directly to your top priorities. Finally, break this down further into daily lists, allocating time to each task. This method ensures that you’re not just busy but productive, focusing on what’s essential.

    For instance, if improving your health is a priority, your main list might include “exercise three times a week” and “plan healthy meals.” Your weekly list would specify which days you’ll work out and when you’ll do meal prep. Your daily list then details the specific exercise for each day and what meal you’ll prepare. This funnel approach helps transform abstract priorities into tangible, actionable steps.

    By defining your priorities, tactfully declining nonessential tasks, and using the list funnel method, you’re equipped with a clear strategy to focus on what truly matters – ensuring your actions align with your priorities.

    Want to see all full key ideas from Uptime?

    Key ideas in Uptime

    More knowledge in less time
    Read or listen
    Read or listen
    Get the key ideas from nonfiction bestsellers in minutes, not hours.
    Find your next read
    Find your next read
    Get book lists curated by experts and personalized recommendations.
    Shortcasts New
    We’ve teamed up with podcast creators to bring you key insights from podcasts.

    What is Uptime about?

    Uptime (2024) is your roadmap to mastering productivity and achieving a harmonious work-life balance. It guides you through establishing a system for managing priorities, whether in a work environment or your personal life, so you’ll never again feel overwhelmed by your to-do list. Find more time for yourself, make technology work for you, and experience a sense of calm accomplishment in all facets of your existence.

    Uptime Review

    Uptime (2020) by Laura Mae Martin is a practical guide on boosting productivity and mastering time management. Here's why you should consider reading it:

    • Featuring a range of time-saving strategies, the book equips readers with tools to enhance efficiency and accomplish more in less time.
    • With real-world examples and actionable tips, it offers a roadmap for improving daily workflows and tackling tasks effectively.
    • The book's engaging approach to productivity keeps readers captivated, proving that mastering time doesn't have to be dull or overwhelming.

    Who should read Uptime?

    • Busy professionals seeking work-life balance
    • Entrepreneurs looking to align their actions with their goals
    • Overwhelmed individuals craving intentional living

    About the Author

    Laura Mae Martin is a personal productivity expert. She currently serves as the executive productivity advisor at Google, where she previously held roles in sales, product operations, event planning, and executive coaching. Martin also publishes a weekly productivity newsletter and shares productivity tips and personal insights on social media.

    Categories with Uptime

    Book summaries like Uptime

    People ❤️ Blinkist 
    Sven O.

    It's highly addictive to get core insights on personally relevant topics without repetition or triviality. Added to that the apps ability to suggest kindred interests opens up a foundation of knowledge.

    Thi Viet Quynh N.

    Great app. Good selection of book summaries you can read or listen to while commuting. Instead of scrolling through your social media news feed, this is a much better way to spend your spare time in my opinion.

    Jonathan A.

    Life changing. The concept of being able to grasp a book's main point in such a short time truly opens multiple opportunities to grow every area of your life at a faster rate.

    Renee D.

    Great app. Addicting. Perfect for wait times, morning coffee, evening before bed. Extremely well written, thorough, easy to use.

    People also liked these summaries

    4.7 Stars
    Average ratings on iOS and Google Play
    31 Million
    Downloads on all platforms
    10+ years
    Experience igniting personal growth
    Powerful ideas from top nonfiction

    Try Blinkist to get the key ideas from 7,000+ bestselling nonfiction titles and podcasts. Listen or read in just 15 minutes.

    Start your free trial

    Uptime FAQs 

    What is the main message of Uptime?

    The main message of Uptime is the importance of optimizing time for productivity and personal growth.

    How long does it take to read Uptime?

    It typically takes a few hours to read Uptime, while the Blinkist summary can be read in just a few minutes.

    Is Uptime a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Uptime is worth reading for its practical strategies to maximize productivity. It offers valuable insights for personal development.

    Who is the author of Uptime?

    Laura Mae Martin is the author of Uptime.

    What to read after Uptime?

    If you're wondering what to read next after Uptime, here are some recommendations we suggest:
    • Third Millennium Thinking by Saul Perlmutter
    • Boost! by Michael Bar-Eli
    • Move by Move by Maurice Ashley
    • Discipline Is Destiny by Ryan Holiday
    • 101 Questions to Ask Before You Get Engaged by H. Norman Wright
    • The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis
    • Atomic Habits by James Clear
    • Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson
    • You Need a Budget by Jesse Mecham
    • 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do by Amy Morin