On June 25th I wrote, “My brain has been away of sorts, working through stuff, now it’s time to bring it all back ‘home'” in my journal. Working through the Four Hour Work Week, I learned about efficiency, goal setting, and more. I’m going to share what I learned in 7 areas that’ll help you get more accomplished and enjoy life more.
Goal-Setting (No More Than 3 Critical Tasks A Day)
Ask yourself, “If I only do this one thing today, will I be satisfied? What will happen if I don’t do it?”
Ask yourself, “Am I inventing things to do to avoid the important stuff?” I invent useless crap all the time. Don’t finish anything that a boss isn’t demanding or is boring and unproductive. It’s OK to be a quitter on the right occasions. Refer back the goal-setting question to get on track.
Well Oiled Machinery
Batch similar tasks. Focus without distraction. I started working in ‘deep work blocks’ after reading Cal Newport’s book. It’s where these posts are born. This post is one of three I wrote in less than two hours.
I do the time for employees so I update the overtime sheet, cover OT, fill out time sheets, check email, update maintenance notifications, update everything for the next shift and fill out the log book in two hours. The last two in a thirty minute window at the end of the night.
Putting In An Information Filtration System
Ask the following questions:
- Do I need this information now?
- Does it benefit me in any way?
Consider your attention as money. You have a set amount and the more time you spend on something the less you have to focus on anything else.
4 Steps for Decision Making
- Delegate what you can.
- Automate what you can.
- Eliminate what you can.
- Focus on what you enjoy and are better suited at doing.
Breaking the Habit Before it Breaks You (Focus on 1 or 2 daily)
- Don’t answer unrecognized phone numbers. That’s what voicemail is for. Get the TruCaller app to block Spam calls.
- No email until a priority item is finished. The nature of email allows it to sit unanswered. Immediate needs are best addressed by a phone call. Check 2-3 times a day.
- Don’t work to fix an overwhelming task list. Prioritize. Define the single most important task, the things that can fundamentally change your life. Work through those.
- Work to live, don’t live to work. Defend your free time. Work shouldn’t take the place of nonwork activities or relationships.
Staying Present in Conversations (From AoM)
Put your attention on a person’s left eye in a conversation. It’s easier than watching two eyes shift, and less distractions to get through. We love it when people pay attention to us, they’ll be happy when you do the same.
That was a collection of everything and the kitchen sink that stuck out to me. Try them and see if you enjoy life more. You’ll also have more time for God and his Kingdom.