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Simplify Spotlight: Laura Vanderkam Talks ‘Off The Clock’

Listen to the first episode of our latest podcast adventure, Simplify Spotlight where Laura Vanderkam chats to Emily about her latest book, Off The Clock.
by Caitlin Schiller | Jun 21 2018

Two statements that are (probably) true:

  • Humans love novelty
  • Readers love books

Therefore, readerly humans love new books.

Control your time better with Laura Vanderkam

All right. I’ll be the first to admit that under the scrutiny of a serious logician, the above premise may not check out. But from what we’ve learned in making three seasons of Simplify, reading our listeners’ emails, and calling a few of them on the phone, it’s a pretty sturdy anecdotal fact.

You told us that you love The Bookend, where we introduce new books related to the topic that the Simplify interview explores, and the way that we get to the heart of an idea and help you feel like you’ve got a handle on something new that matters.

So today, Blinkist and Simplify are bringing you more of that, in mini: our very first Simplify Spotlight.

In each Spotlight episode, we’ll give you a big idea from a new nonfiction book, straight from the author who wrote it. So you’ll walk away with something to think about—and a plan for what to read next—in just about fifteen minutes.

On this very first episode, you’ll hear Emily Phillips interviewing Laura Vanderkam—time ninja, efficiency expert, and varsity Simplify guest—about her new book, Off The Clock: How to Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done. The episode’s just a little over ten minutes, but there’s a lot to learn about how to be better with time—and to have a better time doing it. Here’s my favorite quote:

“Choose more effortful fun. Things that will be things that you can anticipate and remember afterwards.”
Laura Vanderkam

Before you jump in, a quick programming note: things are going to start getting exciting in the Simplify feed.

In the coming months, Blinkist’s podcast squad will be experimenting with lots of different kinds of audio, from mini-interviews like this one to a deep dives on single topics. Plus, we’re growing—there’ll be a new voice or two to fall in love with very soon.

And before anybody worries, Simplify isn’t going anywhere. In fact, we’ve got some of our most exciting guests yet coming up in Season 4.

More soon!

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