Time Smart

Dr. Whillans recently published her first book “Time Smart: How to Reclaim Your Time and Live a Happier Life.” It was published by Harvard Business Publishing in October 2020 and listed in the Globe and Mail’s top 10 Business Books in 2020.

She is available for book talks and workshops based on the book’s content. Please contact Dr. Whillans for more information about how to tailor content for you and your group.



Time Smart is your playbook for taking back the time you lose to mindless tasks and unfulfilling chores. Author and Harvard Business School professor Ashley Whillans will give you proven strategies for improving your "time affluence." The techniques Whillans provides will free up seconds, minutes, and hours that, over the long term, become weeks and months that you can reinvest in positive, healthy activities.


Time Smart doesn't stop at telling you what to do. It also shows you how to do it, helping you achieve the mindset shift that will make these activities part of your everyday regimen through assessments, checklists, and activities you can use right away. The strategies Whillans presents will help you make the shift to time-smart living and, in the process, build a happier, more fulfilling life.


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Latest Reviews

This book is slim, fittingly, to prove that author Ashley Whillans doesn't need to take up much of your time to teach you how to make better use of your time. And at $28.00 for a physical copy and $14.00 for a digital copy, Time Smart isn't too much of a money investment either. Is buying and reading this book one of the seemingly small decisions you will make that will "powerfully shape the happiness we derive from moments, from days, from our entire lives"? Perhaps. At the least, it will make you more aware of your own decisions as well as the difficult decisions others around the world make every day. Whillans provides grounding advice, reminding us "no matter our age, education, or income, we share the same reality: none of us knows how much time we have left." Time Smart calls out the American culture of constant busy-ness, the time traps we find ourselves in, and the happiness we may be sacrificing for making poor decisions with our time or our money. It has the potential to be a heavy topic, but Whillans makes improvement doable with her overall positive perspective as well as providing charts to help you calculate a better balance between the time you spend and the money you save or make. An easy-to-read book with easy-to-learn techniques, Time Smart will get you on the right track time, money, and happiness-wise as quickly and painlessly as possible.


Named one of Behavioral Scientist's "Notable Books of 2020"

Named one of the Globe & Mail's "Best Business Books of 2020"

Advance Praise for Time Smart:

"Why are so many of us so stressed? In this smart and accessible book, Ashley Whillans delivers a surprising answer: we overvalue money and undervalue time. And she shows us simple, practical ways to recalibrate the balance. Time Smart is an essential book for anyone who wants to create more time for the things that really matter." — Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author, When, Drive, and To Sell Is Human

"Time Smart is an eye-opener. Combining rigorous science with an accessible style, Whillans offers scores of suggestions for how to use our time in ways that boost productivity, efficiency, and joy." — Sonja Lyubomirsky, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of California, Riverside; author, The How of Happiness

"What a fantastic read. I advocate for the four-day week to gain more time for the things that are important to us. Ashley Whillans delves into the detail of why time is so important. In our post–COVID-19 world we have a chance to reset how we construct our lives. This book comes at a perfect time." — Andrew Barnes, founder, Perpetual Guardian; author, The 4 Day Week

"Time is the one thing you can't get more of, and Time Smart will help you make the most of yours. Drawing on the latest science, Ashley Whillans lays out practical steps that will make your life happier and more meaningful." — Laszlo Bock, cofounder and CEO, Humu; former Senior Vice President, People Operations, Google; and author, Work Rules!

"Time Smart is not a self-help book. It is a no-nonsense analysis of how to spend your time and your money. Instead of a series of snake-oil mantras and quick fixes, Whillans gives you a road map to better organize your life." — Scott Galloway, Professor of Marketing, NYU Stern School of Business; author, The Algebra of Happiness

"Ashley Whillans is my hero. Welcome to the practical guide you need to protect the most important resource you'll ever have: time. Whillans provides the handbook every busy person needs." — Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology, Yale University; host, The Happiness Lab podcast

"In Time Smart, Ashley Whillans gives us a practical road map to use this precious resource better, and in so doing, live happier, healthier lives." — Arthur C. Brooks, Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School; Arthur C. Patterson Faculty Fellow, Harvard Business School


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