Four years ago, Craig Jarrow turned his lifelong passion for time management into the blog Time Management Ninja. This community helps people everywhere win the battle against wasted time, disorganization, and other evil things that rear their head in the workplace today. As someone who is a master of managing time, we were honored that Craig allocated some of this scarce resource to share his secrets on being a time management ninja with us.
When you bill yourself as the "Time Management Ninja," the one thing you absolutely cannot be is late. And Craig wasn't. However, Nick and DJ both were in a somewhat ironic start to our interview with this noted expert in productivity. Jarrow's blog Time Management Ninja was born four years ago after a lifetime spent captivated by how we manage our time. It's true, Jarrow still remembers fondly this love affair that began with his very first Franklin Covey planner. In defining the importance of time management, Craig built on to the old adage that "you can make more money, you can't make more time" by adding that "we don't let people steal our money but we let them steal our time." Jarrow's work helps people navigate through their own lives and isolate areas of waste. Probably the greatest waste is email, which Jarrow referred to as "the number one time waster" in the companies, echoing the concerns of previous guests Seth Godin and Guy Kawasaki. One issue Jarrow cited was that we often play a huge role in how much time email steals as we set our own expectations for how we respond. One recommendation he had was to fight technology with technology via a tool called Sane Box, which auto filters emails and organizes them accordingly. Not all digital tools are time sucks. In fact, Jarrow referenced a recent post from his blog on how social media often gets a bad reputation in the workplace when it can often foster enhanced collaboration and productivity. Along the way we talked about The 4-Hour Work Week, Urban Dictionary, and Spy Kids. Nick shared some #WorkTalkShow Twitter love from fans Iain Robson, recent guest Danielle Smith, and Jessica Wilkinson. DJ read some great iTunes reviews from our very first guest Tom Webster and Sadie Cornelius. Jarrow gave a shout out to Guy Kawasaki and his new book APE. Remember, to save yourself some time by visiting Craig's site, Time Management Ninja, right now. Ready to be a Podcast Review Ninja? If you liked what you heard (or even if you didn't), head over to iTunes and give us a quick rating and review to help others find the show.