Batch Emails & Calls
- Limit checking email to two half hours per day, otherwise work with Outlook offline.
- Put your phone on mute – in emergencies, people can call twice to get through.
- Downgrade “time drains” everywhere.
- Downgrade calls to emails, emails to texts, and unnecessary texts to nothing.
- Batch phone calls to the end of the day, or better yet specific days of the week.
- The ‘open’ time can be set aside for the Quadrant 2 activities (see below) that require several hours of constant, uninterrupted, and creative critical thinking.
Source: Ferriss, Tim. The 4-Hour Workweek. Link
Stay in Quadrant 2
- Focus on priorities in Quadrant 2, and you’ll rarely have issues fall into Quadrant 1.
- Most people are constantly distracted by Quadrant 3 activities. Prune them.
- Don’t get so exhausted by constantly operating in Quadrant 1 and 3 during the day that you waste your free time in Quadrant 4 activities.
Source: Covey, Stephen. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Link
Operate on a Maker’s Schedule
- Blog Post by Paul Graham of Y Combinator: Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule.
- Just read it – it’s short.
Embrace Sleep as the Foundation of Wellness
- Sleep is not one part of the wellness triangle. It is the entire foundation of wellness.
Source: Walker, Matthew. MasterClass: Teaches the Science of Better Sleep. Link
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