Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

9 ways to increase your personal productivity

In my last two posts, I've been discussing the Tim Ferriss' approach to personal productivity as outlined in his ground-breaking book The 4-Hour Workweek.

Here are some real-life solutions to gain you the time and focus you need to concentrate on the 2-3 critical activities that generate income and success:
  1. Write down on a small piece of paper the 2-3 most critical activities you need to engage in at work the night before you go to the office.
  2. When you arrive at the office, focus on accomplishing those 2-3 critical activities to the exclusion of all others.
  3. Structure your contact with people (office times and accessibility of people via phone and e-mail). You can accomplish this via email autoresponders and outgoing voicemail messages.
  4. Limit voicemail checking and outgoing phone calls to key points in your day (such as 11:00 am and 4:00 pm)
  5. Limit all email reading and responding to key points in your day (such as 11:30 am and 4:30pm).
  6. Schedule brief meetings with a definite agenda and end time.
  7. Offer solutions to problems instead of asking for opinions.
  8. Do not multitask. It doesn't work. Focus on one important activity at a time.
  9. Batch regular, routine activities at on specific days at specific times (email, phone, bills, laundry, grocery shopping, etc).
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