You might find it easier to honor your commitments by eliminating the things that waste your time and energy. Here’s how to do it.


  • Time leaks are things that eat away at your commitments and increase the possibility that you will not honor them
  • Straight-Line Leadership: Tools for Living with Velocity and Power in Turbulent Times by Dusan Djukich
    • “What you have committed to, up to now, is revealed by what you have produced or failed to produce”
    • “Involved with” vs. “committed to”
  • What gets in the way of honoring your commitments?
  • What do you do or where do you go when you have 15 or 20 minutes between meetings?
  • Reducing time leaks adds time back to your day
  • Having large blocks of time without clear intentions or guard rails
  • Committing to do certain things in a given day
  • What things are you doing that aren’t giving you anything back?
  • Managing Slack by turning off the presence indicator and closing it for an hour as an experiment
  • Decide what you will say “No” to in a given week to help you plug a time leak–make them small and doable
  • Unsubscribe from all those newsletters
  • Disable the notifications on your phone or simply power it off
  • Where do you go when you are bored or seeking to soothe yourself?
  • Where do you find yourself without knowing how you got there?
  • What’s the biggest mindless activity that you do in a day that consumes the most time?