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Learn More About Marc Zao-Sanders

Marc Zao-Sanders is CEO of, a tech company that develops AI to understand learning content in order to upskill people. Passionate about algorithms, AI, thinking differently and how brains work in general – especially how his own brain works – Zao-Sanders studied maths and philosophy at Oxford University. In addition, he’s founded two social enterprises which helped non-privileged young people with their education and career aspirations, choices and success.

His debut book, “Timeboxing: The Power of Doing One Thing at a Time” (St. Martin’s Essentials, March 2024) is set to be translated into more than 30 languages. In it, Zao-Sanders presents the antidote for a world where our time is constantly called on by countless, endless demands. A book that’s not only about managing time but reclaiming life, “Timeboxing” serves as a comprehensive guide to mastering time management.

Zao-Sanders is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and other publications with a focus on AI, learning and timeboxing.

Marc Zao-Sanders is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

Marc Zao-Sanders was last modified: March 21st, 2024 by Justin Louis

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Timeboxing: Intentional Moments Lead to an Intentional Life

In this engaging presentation, Marc Zao-Sanders draws from his book, “Timeboxing: The Power of Doing One Thing at a Time” to explain what timeboxing is and why it’s a crucial time management strategy for professionals. Attendees will discover the six key benefits of timeboxing, allowing them to start right away and experience first-hand the overwhelming evidence of its effectiveness.

Timeboxing: The Power of Doing One Thing at a Time

(St. Martin's Essentials, March 2024)

Praise for "Timeboxing"

“A masterclass in intentional living. This book on timeboxing is essential for anyone seeking focus in a distracted world. I've long championed the benefits of timeboxing, and Marc’s book brings it to life."

Nir Eyal, Bestselling author of "Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life"

“Timeboxing can help you get things done, but more importantly, it can help you do more of what you love and less of what you hate. Zao-Sanders will explain to you how timeboxing the stuff you have to do but don't want to do as well as the things you do want to do will help you get more pleasure and less tedium out of life. As you internalize the lessons of this exceptionally wise book, you’ll begin to feel the presence of a coach who’s there with you every step of the way.”

Kim Scott, Author of "Radical Candor"

“'Timeboxing' is a delight. The book is interesting and practical. Each chapter serves a purpose. Best of all, the method really works. For over 30 years I’ve sought to optimize my work and my life. I thought I had things pretty much figured out. But then I read 'Timeboxing'. The impact was immediate and dramatic. My new habit of timeboxing each morning has lifted me to a new level of focus, calm, and productivity. We all can benefit from more focus and more impact. That’s exactly what Timeboxing offers. The short chapters are well organized and easy to read. You can use the techniques immediately to boost productivity with less stress each day. If my Stanford students could read only one book this year, I’d want it to be 'Timeboxing' by Marc Zao-Sanders.”

BJ Fogg, Author of "Tiny Habits"

“Now more than ever effective focus is a problem many, probably most of us feel. We are confused and overwhelmed on a daily basis. This smart and engaging book presents a deceptively simple, subtly powerful technique for structuring our lives and work to actually get things done. It's a revelation.”

Michael Bhaskar, New York Times bestselling author of "Curation" and co-author of "The Coming Wave"

"'Timeboxing' is an eminently practical book that changed my habits almost immediately―and also changed the way I think about time itself. Box time on your calendar right now to read this book."

Luke Burgis, Author of "Wanting"

“Constraint=Freedom. In 'Timeboxing,' Marc Zao-Sanders explores the why behind constraining your time as well as the practical details of how to make it happen. The goal isn't to live a rigid existence but instead a life vibrant with intention and full of what truly matters to you. If you feel like you're floating through life without a plan, read this book.”

Elizabeth Grace Saunders, Time management coach and author of "The Three Secrets to Effective Time Investment"

"This brilliant book will teach you how to stop trying to do too much, so that you can actually get more done! Bound to become a classic in the productivity literature."

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Author of "The Talent Illusion" and "I, Human"

"A simple productivity method to transform your focus."

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