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In this podcast episode, I talk practical ways to restore margin in your life and, specifically, how to shave ten hours off your work week.
This is something I am personally having to re-apply to my own life. In this episode I share some of my current challenges.
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If you are intentional, I believe you can shave at least ten hours—maybe more—off your work week. That is forty hours or one week a month. Even if I am only have right, it’s still an enormous amount of time.
Here are seven strategies to get you started:
- Limit your time online.
- Plan your day in advance.
- Quadrant 1 Tasks: Urgent and Important
- Quadrant 2 Tasks: Important But Not Urgent
- Quadrant 3 Tasks: Urgent But Not Important
- Quadrant 4 Tasks: Neither Urgent Nor Important
- Touch e-mails once and only once.
- Triage your calendar.
- Schedule time in the alone zone.
- Use batch processing.
- Use e-mail templates to say “no.”
- Question #1: Jane Graham asked, “How can my husband, who is a busy public high school principal, cut back?”
- Question #2: Jen McDonough asked, “What’s the best way to get started with a virtual assistant?”
- Question #3: Kurt Feldner asked, “How can I use crowd-sourcing to save time?”
- Question #4: Lessa Barnes asked, “How can I delegate in a way that doesn’t end up costing me more time than if I had done it myself”
Next week, I will be talking about “The Secret Power of Naps.” If you have a question about that topic, please leave me a voice mail. I’d love to hear from you.
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I mentioned the following resources in the show:
- Video Clip: I Love Lucy, “Let ’Er Roll”
- Software: Anti-Social (Mac Only)
- Software: Freedom (Mac or PC)
- Software: Cold Turkey (PC Only)
- Blog Post: “Is That Task Important or Merely Urgent?”
- Blog Post: “How to Cut Your To-Do List in Half”
- Blog Post: “Yes, You Can Stay on Top of E-mail”
- Blog Post: “How to Perform Calendar Triage”
- Article: Peter Bregman, “How (and Why) to Stop Multitasking” (Harvard Business Review)
- Book: Rework by Jason Fried and Keith Hansson
- Blog Post: “Scheduling Time in the Alone Zone”
- Blog Post: “How to Use Batch Processing to Become More Productive”
- Blog Post: Use e-mail templates to say “no.”
- Website: Dan Miller’s 48 Days
- Service: eaHelp.com Virtual Assistants
You can download a transcript of this episode here.
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