The Highlight Course: Find Focus, Beat Distraction, Make Time for Work that Matters

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  • The Highlight Course is a self-paced 5-week program where you will learn to make time for what matters every day.
  • The course is based on the book Make Time, that outlines a simple framework that helps individuals and teams focus on the work that matters every day.
  • Make Time was developed by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky as an antidote to the fast-paced, always-connected culture of modern workplaces, and is a rallying cry for a new class of professionals.
  • Make Time is not about crushing your to-do list, optimizing every hour, or maximizing personal productivity. It is about rethinking the defaults of constant busyness and distraction so you can focus on what matters every day.


Desired learning outcomes

After participating in this program, you should be able to:

  1. Discover where your time goes now, and decide where to spend it instead.
  2. Understand which activities and people give you energy (and which ones zap it).
  3. Master strategies for choosing a daily highlight and fitting it into your schedule.
  4. Practice using your highlight to make time every day.
  5. Reconfigure technology so you’re in charge of your time (instead of letting devices run your day).
  6. Learn to build and maintain energy so you can enjoy the moments that matter.
  7. Reflect daily to build strong habits for focusing on what matters.
  8. Make a plan for big life changes like your "someday project."

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Overview: Extra Information

Why You Should Take This Course

  • All of us wish we could spend more time on the things that matter, and less time on the distractions and obligations that get in the way. But you might have noticed… this is actually super hard to do in real life.
  • Why? It’s hard to stay focused because we live in a crazy world—a world full of sneaky defaults that shape our time and attention.
  • Think about it: Most mornings, you wake up, grab your phone check email, and maybe look at the news or Instagram. Then you realize you’re running late, get ready, start work, only to spend most of the day sitting in pointless meetings and playing Whack-A-Mole with email and chat.
  • This wasn’t a series of deliberate decisions, and it wasn’t your fault. These default actions are just the collection of habits and norms that have stuck over the years.
  • This course is about stopping the blur, slowing down, and making time for the moments that matter—instead of reacting to the next message in your inbox or the next item on your to-do list.

Earn Continuing Education Hours

By participating in this class you will earn:

Instructional Hours 10
University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units 1

Explanation of Continuing Education Hours

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Program Questions?

Contact Masha Bubela at masha.bubela@wisc.edu or 608-263-5130

Registration Questions?

Email registrations@pyle.wisc.edu or call 608-262-2451.

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Meet your instructor(s)

John Zeratsky

is a technology designer, startup investor, and the bestselling author of Sprint and Make Time. He has worked with more than 200 of the world's most important and innovative organizations, including Google, Harvard University, Slack, IDEO, and Netflix.

Jake Knapp

is the inventor of the Design Sprint and a New York Times bestselling author. Jake spent 10 years at Google and Google Ventures, where he created the Design Sprint process. He's written two books, Sprint and Make Time, coached teams at places like Slack, LEGO, IDEO, and NASA on design strategy and time management, and has been a guest instructor at MIT and the Harvard Business School. Previously, Jake co-founded Google Meet and helped build products like Gmail and Microsoft Encarta. He is currently among the world's tallest designers.

Connor Swenson

is a Certified Teacher of Make Time, drawing on 7 years of experience at Google, where he taught internal programs on productivity, mindfulness, and emotional intelligence, he now shares that knowledge with businesses and entrepreneurs around the world. Connor also runs his own training business helping teams develop focus, increase effectiveness, and ultimately sustain high performance.