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Many of us have a “routine day” and this is often organized around the working hours and the many meetings we have to attend. We try to force fit the rest of our life around and sometimes in between the working hours. Some do it successfully and are satisfied with it but many others keep struggling for the best balance. Reality is that we should not think about working day and then organize accordingly – we should think about the NEAT day! NEAT is an acronym which stands for: Nourish, Evaluate, Accomplish and Think. Those are the four things we should do every single day in our life.
In this chapter we will explain the meaning of the four blocks and how to possibly organize the day around them.
Lots of people commute everyday from home to the office and sometimes for long hours. The commute is seen by many as a waste of time and often as a needed compromise to get a good job and a valuable place of living. Commute hours and days accumulate over time and they might become a relevant part of an entire lifetime. Hence the question – how can we get the most out of the daily commute?
There are lots of things that can be done during the commute time. It all depends on the way people commute though. Some people might drive hence need hands-free activities while others use public transportation and might not have access to telephone line and/or internet. No matter how people commute there is always something that can be done to make it more productive and worthwhile.
The next section underlines our top ten activities to do while commuting.
“One's objective should be to get it right, get it quick, get it out, and get it over... your problem won't improve with age.” – Warrant Buffett.
This statement makes sense most of the time and as such people wisely advise not to procrastinate. However, in certain situations, procrastination can actually help solving problems or avoid creating new ones.
Everyone knows that procrastination does not help people or companies moving forward. In fact, by definition, procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing something. Hence how could this possibly help? Most of the time, in fact, it does not help. In few cases, conversely, procrastination might help moving forward and in rare cases it can lead to an even faster or cheaper solution. Difficult to believe! You have been “fighting” procrastination since you discovered its meaning and the related impact on the developments and now you might discover that you can leverage procrastination? Yes, you can!
You don’t actually need a wrist watch! People have been living for generations without wrist watches. People have been obsessed by the measure of the passage of time since ever but the wrist watch has been introduced only in the last 200 years. Nowadays there is even less of a reason to use a wrist watch considering that time can be measured by the widespread mobile phones. Hence why people still use a wrist watch? And why you do need one in case you don’t have it yet!
There are essentially ten reasons why you need a wrist watch. In certain cases you don’t really have a choice, in others you might still decide not to use a wrist watch but you might need to make some compromises. The following sections underline those ten reasons.
The word “delegate” comes from Latin de-legare which literally means “send with a task”. Nowadays more commonly defined as the act of entrusting a task to another person (generally less senior). As such, the delegation act implies a trust relationship between two people in which one person gives a task to the other one. Hence, only when a trust relationship is established between the two parties then an act of delegation might happen. It is very important to underline the trust factor as this is the main difference between the act of delegation and the act of assigning a work/task. Delegation means sharing authority, responsibility and accountability.
Then why do we need to delegate? And when and what do we need to delegate? There are essentially two reasons why people should delegate: either because lack of time or because other people might do the work better (or faster or cheaper). This is valid for both personal life and in business. Mastering the different delegation techniques can even be instrumental for the success of a person no matter of how he/she defines it.
One of the first words we learn is “NO” – a very powerful word that unfortunately we tend to forget as we grow up. Some people might learn it once again when they become parents as this is one of the first words we say to the kids. In general, however, we use it less and less as we grow up. There seems to be some differences across geographies and cultures, but overall as we grow we become faster in saying “yes” and we tend to reduce the “no” occasions. “Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough” - Josh Billings. Generalizing, American and Germans tend to be the most frank and direct in showing a disagreement while Asian tend to be most reticent to using the word “no” and Italians tend to be indirect. Lots of generalization but the point is that, over time, we learn to please people and say “yes” instead of “no”. What we don’t realize is that via saying “yes” to something or someone, at the same time, we say “no” to something else. Conversely via saying “no” we can create new opportunities “What you don’t do determines what you can do” - Tim Ferriss.
Take the time to read this article as it might save you lots of time! It might look like a long list of tips and techniques but if you go through it you will realize how dramatically you can improve your time management skills. It is a bit like learning how to drive a car – at the beginning you have lots of thing to read, study and remember but then everything will come to you naturally… and you’ll be able to go anywhere you want… you just need to practice!
In order to simplify the reading we have divided the 100 time management tips and techniques into 12 sections: analyze, to-do-list, prioritize, plan, organize, block time, say “NO”, downtime, meetings, e-mails social media & similar, tools & systems and others. Every section is independent so that you can decide whether reading only what you believe is most appropriate for you or you can read them all.
Some people want to “live life to the fullest” and few of those seek information about the best way of doing it. For those people there are tons of articles, blogs, websites and books about this topic. It is very easy to get lost in the sea of information and even single articles can be daunting with long lists of tips and tricks. But what is the #1 thing that we should do to really live life to the fullest?
In order to solve a problem the first thing to do is to define the problem… as simple as that. So why people are not living life to the fullest? This is the first question, the starting point and the #1 secret!
In this post you will be able to discover the secret and also leverage a simple tool we developed that can help you (we hope).
Jeremiah Dillon (Head of Product Marketing, Google Apps for Work) recently wrote an email to his team that posed a very simple yet thoughts provoking challenge in time management.
In this post you might find that letter as well as a video made by his colleagues that in a certain way explains the letter. We found it quite motivating hence worth sharing.
Happy reading and happy view.