So if you've emailed me recently you may have gotten an immediate message from me. For those curious, this is it:
Thank you for your email. To limit the interruptions while shifting between email and work I will only be checking and responding to email at 9am and 3pm on weekdays. I will try and respond to your message in a timely manner.
If you need an immediate time-sensitive response, please don't hesitate to call my cell phone.
What's up with that, huh? Well, what's up is that I finally implemented Tim Ferriss's suggestions from his SXSW presentation. Tim wrote the book "The Four Hour Workweek" and he blew me away with what he had to say.
I like to think I've got my shit together. That I'm uber efficient (especially since I use the GTD method of getting shit done) but Tim's suggestions are sublime. Here are some key notes.
There are 4 stages
- Definition (the life you want)
- define what you want to do
- What you want to be
- What you want to have
The 80/20 rule:
What 20% of your efforts are going to create the 80% of your desired results?
What 20% of activities are producing what I don't want? Shamelessly ELIMINATE them.
- "I realized I was creating activities to fill my time."
- "Is this a crutch activity?"
- "A task will swell in perceived importance by the time you allot to it"
- "There is an efficiency epidemic. (I totally agree with this.) More time is spent switching between tasks. Once you switch tasks there is a 40% chance you'll never go back to that task."
- The point of life is to enjoy it!
- Only have a meeting to solve the problem.
- Put an auto-responder on your email and then check your email 2 or max 3 times a day. Here's Tim's post on how to do this.
When he talked about the elimination section it was scary. Who wants to eliminate things right? But he even talked about how he fired some of his clients.
I have to say in the two days since I've implemented this auto-responder (and re-programed my brain) I have gotten more things done with more relaxation, efficiency and creativity. I'm slowly implementing some of his other ideas... I can't wait to see how they turn out.