If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve heard me say that Jeff Sanders is one of my favorite podcasters. But Jeff is not only a successful podcaster, he’s also an author! When I heard that he was coming up with his second book, The Free-Time Formula, I was eager to know what it was about. Jeff was kind enough to provide me with an advanced copy and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!
Last year, Jeff published his second book, his first paperback ever published by a real publisher. It was titled The 5 A.M. Miracle and was basically a compilation of productivity advice. I did not care too much for the book at the time and gave it somewhat of a bad review. I felt that the writing needed improvement and that the advice was general and, frankly, didn’t bring anything new to the already crowded productivity table.
Well this time, my friends, things are different.
The Free-Time Formula is all original content. Jeff came up with his own framework, 7 steps to carve out free time in your schedule for what matters most to you. I was impressed by the quality of content in this new effort. Not only is the book absolutely beautiful, it is very interesting!
I consumed the book over a period of 5 days, at 205 pages it is quite a quick read, but it is jam-packed with actionable content. That’s what I like from Jeff Sanders’ content, no matter what he comes up with, you can take action from it right away. In his podcast, The 5 AM Miracle, he offers us action steps in every episode, an easy way to implement your new learnings. His two published books are the same. In every chapter, you get a list of specific actions you can take, inspiring you to put what you learn into practice. And I guarantee you that if you do, you’ll be able to carve significant free time for what you love most.
One thing that I noticed in this new book is Jeff’s new and improved ability for storytelling. The stories that support the subject are interesting, well crafted, and make reading the book a breeze. There’s a great ratio of stories and actual content, and the stories truly enhance our understanding of the theory.
Another thing that pleasantly surprised me was what Jeff considers Free-Time. Before I started the book, I had the reflection that I do not need more free time to binge-watch Netflix or scroll social media. But this is not the idea behind the Free-Time Formula. What Jeff advocates for is more free time to work on your most meaningful goals and relationships. More free time to improve your life, work on your most important projects and achieve more success than you ever thought possible. Now that is a great concept of free time!
I also appreciated that Jeff’s advice aligns with my concept of productivity. Productivity shouldn’t mean to get more done, and to work more quickly. It shouldn’t mean to overstuff your schedule and to overcommit. Productivity should be the ability to discern what’s truly important, to get the right work done, and to allow yourself some space to refresh, recharge, and produce your best work. And The Free-Time Formula is totally aligned with that concept.
The Free-time Formula is divided in 7 parts, 7 steps to help you discern what matters most, cut out the nonsense and carve out more time for your passions, projects, and most meaningful goals. I loved the section on goal setting, in which Jeff lais out a great framework to help you uncover your most important aspirations. I think that this part was brilliant. If you need only one reason to read the Free-time Formula, I think this is it.
If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately, finding yourself working more hours than you should, or losing too much time on stuff that doesn’t matter, give a shot at The Free-Time Formula. Putting its advice into practice could carve out the time you need to achieve your goals, deepen your most precious relationships and take some time to rest and recharge. I highly suggest you pick-up the book.
Do you read productivity books? What book or books most impacted you in the last 6 months? Share your answers with me in the comments below!
Disclaimer : The Free-Time Formula was sent to me for PR Review. The opinions expressed are my own, based on my personal appreciation of the book. This article contains affiliate links. This means that if you purchase the book using one of my links, I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you.