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.

4 comments:

swera said...

make phone calls @@?! r u serious? i can barely talk to myself in my head :/

when will this month end :'(

Nemo said...

same feeling walla

Another-Penelope said...

Interesting fact, I try to always log on internet and check everything around 3:00 pm, oh god it's 9 pm gotta off the internet :P thanks for sharing dear ^_^

Bloggylife said...

Well I totally understand number 3, people will chat you up everywhere, in the bathroom, ma9ala no break :P

I usually get work done early in the morning or late .. no interruptions.

Avoid multitasking 0_0 interesting!

Avoid meetings! That should be a rule with severe punishment to whom ever violates it :D