I used to work 80+ hours per week and waste time on unimportant tasks that made me feel busy. Fast forward ~3 years later to my last position in B2B IT Sales, I managed to get my most important stuff done in 2-hours per day, close multiple multi-million-pound contracts, smash my sales targets and earn a six-figure income ( … had I not left to live in Ireland and grow Corporate Warrior).
Time management is a misnomer. Increased productivity isn’t about more efficiency: doing things well. It’s about effectiveness: doing the right things. What are you scared of? What are you not doing to avoid conflict? What’s been sitting on your to-do list for weeks? Chances are, these are the force multipliers.
Tim Ferriss’s New York Times Best Seller, The 4-Hour Work Week, supercharged my productivity. However, at first, and for a long while, it seemed too abstract. How is it possible to achieve more with less? Isn’t it just about working really hard? How can I only check email once or twice per day?
This episode will show you how to implement tried and tested principles of productivity into your job/HIT business to free-up time for your side-hustle and/or simply 10x career/business growth.
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In this episode, we cover:
- How to be more productive and effective in business
- How to work smarter, improve your output and 10x results
- How to manage your time so you can work less and earn more
- … and much more!
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- An overview of The 4-Hour Workweek [6:40]
- The problem I had with the 4-Hour Workweek – and how I made it work for me [10:10]
- The importance of articulating your goals (and your fears) [13:21]
- How I became the top salesperson in my company [16:23]
- The most important productivity principle: effectiveness – what it really involves [19:27]
- The Pareto Principle – how to use the 80/20 rule to become more productive [24:34]
- How to use Parkinson’s Law to become more productive while working less [27:39]
- How to use the principle of “Batching” to get the more tedious things done [28:12]
- How I applied these principles in my professional career (and how you can do the same) [30:30]
- How to decide which activities and habits to increase – or eliminate – to improve your productivity [32:30]
- How to structure your day for optimal productivity [33:45]
- What it really means to be effective (and how to do it) [38:23]
- How to use the principle of batching effectively [45:23]
- Useful apps and resources for applying the batching principle in managing your time [50:33]
- Productivity tips and tricks for handling email, meetings, and interruptions [52:25]
- Why you should delegate (and how to do it effectively) [59:43]
- The power of checklists [1:03:55]
- “Just in case” versus “just in time” information consumption [1:05:27]
- The mindset and attitudes you should cultivate [1:07:22]
Selected Links from the Episode
- The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less by Richard Koch ( Amazon US / Amazon UK )
- Parkinson’s Law
- BANT (Budget Authority Need Timeline)
- Let’s Get Real or Let’s Not Play: Transforming the Buyer/Seller Relationship by Mahan Khalsa and Randy Illig ( Amazon US / Amazon UK )
- The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done by Peter Drucker (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- Network Effect
- Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen ( Amazon US / Amazon UK )
- The Five Minute Journal: A Happier You in 5 Minutes a Day ( Amazon US / Amazon UK )
- The Five Minute Journal App
- Decision Fatigue
- Chipotle Mexican Grill (UK)
- Slow-Carb Diet
- E.gg Timer
- Study: When you are interrupted, it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back to the task (Official Study PDF)
- Tim Ferriss: How to Check E-mail Twice a Day… And Have Your Boss Accept It
- Checklists – The Secret To Optimal Productivity in Lifestyle, Career and Business
- Tim Ferriss
- Bruce Lee
- Peter Drucker
- Vilfredo Pareto
- David Allen (listen to the episode with David here)
- Peter Bodley-Scott
- Ryan Hall (listen to my interviews with Ryan here: part 1, part 2)
- Drew Baye (check out previous episodes with Drew here: part 1, part 2, and part 3)
- Skyler Tanner (listen to our previous conversations here: part 1, part 2, and part 3)
- Steve Denby
- Shane Dove
- Mark Twain