Living the dream is published on the 27th of every month by Tania Basheer of Blue Sky Coaching.
by Tania Basheer, Publisher

10 Ways To Work Less and Achieve More

Vol 5, Issue 2
27 August 2009

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- Kathy Seligman

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10 Time-Saving Tools for Busy Households

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Hi! from Tania

Hi there,

This week I've been busily getting everything ready for Holly's Christening, leaving very little time for work. Fingers crossed the stormy weather we've been having clears up by Sunday because we plan to have the Christening party in our garden. Not sure if we can squeeze 40 people into our house if it doesn't - I guess we'll find out. 

Jake has loved having tradesmen here again (did they actually ever leave?). I've just noticed he's left his Bob the Builder spanner on my mouse pad. Good thing too, as that's just given me an idea for my next e-zine article.

He's a gorgeous boy. On Monday night, we had a power failure. As I frantically lit candles around the house, he followed me around and sang happy birthday. Too cute : )

Warm wishes,


Tania Basheer - Publisher
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Feature: 10 Ways to Work Less and Achieve More

Feature: 10 Ways to Work Less and Achieve More

How does a 4-hour work week sound to you?

According to Timothy Ferriss and his book The 4-hour work week, it is possible, even if you're someone else's employee.The idea is to reduce your work time to the bare minimum input for maximum results so you can spend more time doing things you want to do and being who you want to be. 

At the moment, I have a 4-hour work day one day a week and an 8-hour work day on another. So, I'm getting there! Plenty of free time to go to Thomas the Tank Engine concerts with Jake during the week : )

Here are 10 ideas from Timothy's book worth contemplating:   

  • Get inspired: Focus your energy on doing what excites you. Don't limit your potential by pursuing only realistic, boring goals. Challenge yourself! This will give you an added energy boost and the inspiration needed to achieve your goals. It will often also take up less of your time.
  • Work only when you're most effective: Ever noticed how much longer even simple things can take to do when you work on them when you're feeling tired? By working only when you're most effective, whenever that might be for you, life is both more productive and enjoyable.
  • Apply the Pareto Principle to your work: Be effective, not efficient. There's a difference! Effectiveness is doing the things that bring you closer to your goals. Efficiency is performing a given task (whether important or not) in the most economical manner possible. Being efficient without regard to effectiveness is the default mode of the universe. Efficiency is still important, but useless unless it's applied to the right things. Use the Pareto Principle - also known as the 80/20 Principle (meaning 80% of results come from 20% of time and effort devoted to them) and eliminate anything you're doing that's a waste of your time. So, limiting your tasks to the important ones will shorten your work time and increase your productivity.
  • Apply Parkinson's Law too: This law says that a task will swell in perceived importance and complexity in relation to the time allotted for completing it. It's the magic of the deadline. If you're given 24 hours to complete a project, the time pressure forces you to focus on execution and you have no choice but to strip it back to the bare essentials. Given a week to complete the same task, you now have six extra days to make a mountain out of a molehill. Given two months, it can become a mental monster. The end result of the shorter deadline is almost inevitably of equal or higher quality due to greater focus. Therefore, shorten work time to limit tasks to the important. Ideally, use both the Pareto Principle and Parkinson's Law together for your best results. Identify the few critical tasks that will contribute the most to your results and schedule them with very short and clear deadlines.
  • Find people to work for you: Why spend your time on an activity that you can outsource at a cost of $20 an hour? Outsource as much as you can to free up your time to do something else you want or need to do, or to earn several times more than that working on something else. Timothy Ferriss even outsources some of his personal life! He uses remote executive assistants from Brickwork for business projects and and the concierge service Your Man In India for both personal and business tasks. ( Note: Thanks Trish for researching this article for me : ) )
  • Emphasise your strengths instead of fixing your weaknesses: Most of us are good at a handful of things and pretty miserable at others. It's far more lucrative to leverage your strengths than to fix all the chinks in your armour. Focus on the best use of your weapons. Choose multiplication of results using your strengths over incremental improvements from fixing weaknesses.
  • Forget time management: You shouldn't be trying to do more in each day or trying to fill every second with a work fidget of some type. Busyness is most often used to avoid doing the few critically important, but uncomfortable actions. Instead, focus on prioritising.
  • Create a 'not-to-do' list and live by it: Cut out all time-consuming, unproductive activities that you currently do to fill time to feel as though you're being productive. Be honest with yourself. What are your crutch activities?  
  • Stop multi-tasking: Yes, you heard right! If you prioritise properly, there's no need to multitask. It's a symptom of 'task creep' - doing more to feel productive while actually accomplishing less. You should have, at most, two primary tasks or goals per day. If you're not sure what these should be, practise looking at your 'to do' list and asking yourself, 'If this is the only thing I accomplish today, will I be satisfied with my day?' Work on each of these things separately from start to finish without distraction. Divided attention will result in more frequent interruptions, lapses in concentration, poorer net results and less gratification. 
  • Practice the art of non-finishing: Starting something doesn't automatically justify finishing it. Develop the habit of non-finishing that which is boring or unproductive.

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Next Month: 10 Time-Saving Tools for Busy Households

Do you have rooms in your home that look like they've exploded? Do you feel as though you never seem to have time to breathe in between all those things at home that need to get done?

Next month we'll look at some tools to help save time at home and give you back some more personal time.

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