The 7-Minute Productivity Solution

How to Manage Your Schedule, Overcome Distraction, and Achieve the Results You Want

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Productive days don't just happen. They're the result of upending the habits that aren't working for us and developing ones that will. Using his proven 7-minute framework, productivity expert John Brandon reveals how to radically reduce digital distractions and revamp your routines for better focus, efficiency, and outcomes.

The 7-Minute Productivity Solution shows you how to

- start your day
- manage your schedule
- stop obsessively checking email
- take effective breaks
- create compelling presentations
- and more

It only takes 7 minutes to transform your days from mindlessly reacting to whatever comes your way to mindfully structuring your time for maximum impact.


"Good routines can propel us forward as a way to develop game-changing habits. John Brandon has made the case for using simple daily practices to transform how you live your life."

Nir Eyal, bestselling author of Indistractable

"Productivity is all about habits: forming and nurturing the beneficial ones, recognizing and ditching the harmful ones. Brandon's book teaches you how to build (and stick to) a set of daily routines for staying focused and motivated. It doesn't matter what kind of person you are--lazy, hyperactive, distracted, overachieving--this book will work for everyone. It's like a skeleton key for unlocking the human brain's potential."

Michael Calore, senior editor of WIRED

"Anyone in business knows time is a precious commodity. What John Brandon has done in his new book is offer practical guidance on how to focus our attention and use time wisely. It's a game changer for those seeking a competitive advantage."

Jason Feifer, editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur

"In our world of information overload, The 7-Minute Productivity Solution provides a much-needed fresh perspective on navigating all of the pulls on our attention so we can actually feel fulfilled at the end of the day. John's humor and wit makes this a fun read with incredibly valuable tips to improve performance and overall well-being."

Kristel Bauer PA-C, founder of Live Greatly

"John Brandon has pulled off a not-so-small miracle here: he's written a book about daily routines that's a page-turner. He makes the quotidian exotic and turns everyday habits into superpowers. Any one of the nine 7-minute routines in this book will change how you work and, even more, how much you enjoy your work. But all nine routines together? Prepare, as far as your output goes, to become a machine. Prepare, as far as your heart goes, to become more truly, fully, and deeply human. My only critique of John Brandon is he didn't write The 7-Minute Productivity Solution twenty years ago. Oh, the things I might have done and the joy I could have had doing them. But so be it: I have the book now, and, well, so do you. Get ready. Your most outlandish dreams and farfetched goals are about to become not only doable but almost inevitable. Get ready to transform."

Mark Buchanan, author of God Walk: Moving at the Speed of Your Soul

"When I started out, I asked a famous writer for advice: How was she able to publish bestsellers year after year? Her answer: sitzfleisch, a Yiddish-German word that means, roughly, 'butt in the seat.' She wakes up, goes straight to her desk, and writes five hundred words. Every day. In nine months, she completes a book, goes on tour, then starts over. I never really understood how this was possible until reading John Brandon's inspiring and practical approach to productivity with purpose. John provides the 7-minute strategies each of us need to make sitzfleisch joyful and meaningful."

Michael Heller, Columbia Law School professor and coauthor of Mine!

"The 7-Minute Productivity Solution is bite-sized and gospel-centric. A great read!"

Jordan Raynor, national bestselling author of Redeeming Your Time

"Are you distracted by many things? Do you have more on your 'to do' list than you can ever get done? Are you high-performing yet feel like you could be even more productive if you could get a handle on the ever-multiplying demands of social media and digital communication? John Brandon offers real, concise, immediately applicable help in just seven minutes! Too good to be true? The investment you make in reading this book will return to you manyfold in the increased productivity you will experience and the bonus of deriving greater joy in each accomplished task."

Carmen LaBerge, host of Mornings with Carmen, author of Speak the Truth, and curator of

"John Brandon has a God-given gift of connecting the dots between what matters most and what matters now. If you want to develop good productivity habits, this book is a must-read. John's years of practice, successes, and research will inspire and help anyone make the most of their time--the most precious of gifts."

Brittany Thoms, owner of See.Spark.Go

"John Brandon's book is filled with incredibly powerful yet exceedingly doable insights for achieving productivity with purpose. And it is a joy to read. This is a welcome resource on managing your schedule and obtaining outstanding results in a sustainable way. Use this book as a guide to begin creating new and better productivity routines today."

Matt Perman, director of career development at The King's College and author of What's Best Next

"In this book, John Brandon provides motivation, evidence-based explanations, and practical steps to help us make the best use of our time, our resources, and our opportunities."

Paul Jorgensen, church planter and former pastor of Cornerstone Church, Minnesota

"As the pastor and CEO of a thriving church, the father of a busy eight-year-old, and the owner of several businesses, the question I'm often asked is, 'How do you stay sane in the chaos?' For years my answer has always been the same: 'With God's help.' And that is still true. But it is also known that God helps those who help themselves. And after reading my dear friend John Brandon's book, The 7-Minute Productivity Solution, I have adjusted my response. John's book teaches that the task you are working on should actually be the task you want to complete. Calibrating your day is much more productive than surviving your day. One of the most profound excerpts of this book is the 7-minute morning routine: prepare, clear your head, read a little, and write notes. If you're busy like me, and you're trying to figure out a way to make it all happen, this book is for you."

Keion Henderson, pastor of The Lighthouse Church of Houston

The Author

  1. John Brandon
    Kaylyn Strange

    John Brandon

    John Brandon has lived what he writes about for Inc. Magazine, Forbes, Fox News, and many others. He has a BA in journalism from the University of Northwestern and spent over a decade in the corporate world, becoming director of Information...

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