Sunday, August 29, 2010
Few Work Related Tips - The 4-Hour Work Week
I'm being so unproductive, unfocused, and unmotivated (Summer started, I took my vacation and now Ramadan). I decided to read this book after seeing it on the Amazon bestsellers list. The book is definitely fun to read. (still reading, finished 40%).
Here are some tips that I would like try:
1- Prepare a short to-do list one day ahead. use a small sticky note so you can't write more than 2-3 major items.
2- Try to check your email 2-3 times per day, preferably at 11 AM and again at 3 PM (if you work from 8-4). (Less Interruption).
3- Try to do step 2 with phone calls as well. (I'll definitely try but I know that I won't be able to that, end users will keep calling until I pickup or they'll just surprise me by coming to my office).
4- Don't check email or news first thing in the morning. The first couple of hours in the morning are the best to finish major tasks.
5- Set shorter deadlines for your tasks. (Parkinson's Law).
6- Avoid Multitasking.
7- Avoid Meetings whenever possible (by using email).
Some of these tips are not new: true, but the author has included examples, tricks and tools that will help you apply those and many other tips as well.