If you have a corporate job you need to read this book. A fan of Tim Ferriss? You also need to read this book.
This is the definitive book on time management and how to work effectively and efficiently. For managers and individuals alike, this is a must read.
In part one, we said how to think about your meeting and decide what you want to get out of it. In part two is similar as we consider splitting this down.
Write an agenda. Decide what you want to get out of each agenda item and estimate how long it will take.
Each agenda item should start with a verb, preferably "decide". If you are just reviewing finances then read them at your leisure and set up a slack group for questions.
If you are tempted to write “discuss”, then think about splitting out a few people beforehand to align. Or include a follow up agenda item to “decide”. Preferably, just have one agenda item to “decide” as everyone knows this will involve some discussion, but no one is left uncertain of what is needed when the time for that agenda item runs out.
When estimating how long you need, think about other meetings and the personalities you have in the meeting. Do you have all the options? Have you counted the votes? Review what happened last time and adjust.
There will always be people that say they need more time, more information or more resources. If you have prepared correctly push for the decision.
As soon as you have decided, you can move onto the next agenda item. If you have not decided by the time run out? You are out of time…
Why should I sponsor you?
Such as climbing Kilimanjaro. You have to raise £5k to do the trip and it costs around £2k to actually do the trip. The ROI for the charity is obvious, but I do not get the incentive for the giver.
I would be benefiting the charity more if I don’t sponsor you. If I give the money directly to the charity then you will have to pay to top up your fundraising account. If it is something you want to do, then why should I pay for your airfare and expenses?
Similarly, why should companies pay you to develop your skills? If it is something you want to do, why wait for them to book you on a shitty internal course rather than reading a book? Don’t have time, then how do you make time to attend the mandatory internal leadsrship course?
If a company really wanted to maximise it’s people for the lowest cost, then why does it not let them watch a TED talk every day? Why does it not allow 30mins reading time? Why does it do nothing to build better habits such as not checking email all day?
Because it does not care. Even the ones that say they care don’t really care.
As James Altucher would say, “choose yourself.”
“Can't”. The options killer.
Like “must”, “can’t” can either be the driving force to prove someone wrong or a contracting trap in inevitability.
You can't do x. Why? Because y will happen.
Well, what if you are okay with y happening. Is there actually anything stopping you from doing x is someone assuming that you don’t want y to happen? There is a big assumption of the other person that Y will definitely happen and that there are no other options. Do not take this as fact without investigating yourself. Can’t should be the red flag to trigger this action.
Like Harvey Spector in Suits always says, even if you have a gun pointed to your head, you still have a million options. Don’t rule them out without thinking about them. Can’t cuts them off before they have a chance. Don’t give in to others assumptions.
Why do you want to go to university? For the knowledge or the piece of paper?
You can access any information ever created instantly. You can even do a whole Stanford course on iTunes U.
So what is the purpose of your pursuit of knowledge? What are you going to do with it?
Napoleon Hill said specialised knowledge is cheap. There will be people in the world that can do what you can be taught for cheaper than you.
All Finance "jobs" will end up in Romania. MeeTime used Ukrainian developers and Thai designers. IT work has largely moved to India.
Why is anyone going to pay you even UK minimum wage for knowledge that anyone in the world can get?
How much value are you adding compared to the salary you "deserve"?
Time is relative and absolute. Time is finite yet most people carry on as if it can last forever.
What if today was the last day you could see your parents? What if you kept putting off seeing them because it was an extra half hour on your commute? What if you got out of two meetings 15mins early?
Everyone agrees that family comes first, yet rarely is this seen in work. There is no urgency to get something agreed, decided, put to bed. The scourge of being visible in the office cripples productivity and consistently places the urgent above the important.
Even top execs are one pay check away from being broke. Learn how to spend your time and your money or you will quickly lose both.
Habits rule all. You are what you do consistently. Coach.me helps you track what you want to improve for free as well as offering paid services from coaches to turbo charge your results.
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Read daily for a dose of perspective from the past. The problems humans face has been the same for millennia. Nothing has really changed since the Romans.
This is a slice of literary meditation for the mind. Not all letters will hit the spot but that depends at what point in your life you read them.
Use this book as a daily habit on teaching you how to think.
What is “must”? What is “have to”?
If imposed on yourself, these thoughts can be the drive greatness. If imposed by someone else, they can can hold you back.
You don't have to do anything, there are just consequences if you do and consequences if you do not.
Remember there are always three sides, even to a coin. Find the edge and make your decision from there.
Still don’t know, then do what Derek Sivers says. Think long term. The best option is the one that provides the most options.
Tony Robbins is a big believer in the power of questioning to influence someone. It is obvious, in hind sight, that they need to come up with the answer to be bought in to the solution.
This is instinctive but gets beaten out of you as a child. We learn it is bad to say “why why why”,
It just is. Learn this text book. Regurgitate this date.
Why not teach your child to ask better questions?
Maybe because you have not asked or answered them of yourself. Maybe because you will not like the answer you think of.
“Daddy, why do you have to go to work?” Easy answer “to pay the bills to buy toys.”
Hard answer, “because I did not invest in myself enough to generate income that is not linked to my time. So now I have to miss seeing you in return for buying you things that will never replace the short time you have with me.”
Time adds up, minutes turn to hours, turn to days. Shave the excess, spend time on the important things, ditch the rest.