In the Beginning…
I was full of excitement after reading T4HWW and I made some immediate changes to my life. These changes included:
1. The Low Information Diet – I reduced the amount of print and television media I was bringing into my life. Previously, I read three newspapers daily and watched the evening news. That’s a lot of time spent on subject matter that I can’t control and that was putting me into a bad mood.
2. Batching – I looked to “batch” any chores or responsibilities. This is completing like tasks at the same time, therefore your brain doesn’t have to transition into new patterns for every job. If you stay focused on similar tasks and not try to multi-task, you’ll actually get the work done quicker.
3. Controlling Email – I also limited the times I would accept knew emails into my inbox. I set a rule of turning on my email filter from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. everyday. I never felt so productive in my work days.
My business partner liked the batching and email ideas and eventually bought into them. We talked frequently about how to tweak these new hacks that we learned to make our lives more efficient. My work life took on a new level of fun.Read More