Eliminating Useless Tasks

Eliminating Useless Tasks


Baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">    After years of procrastinating, I finally sat down to read Tim Ferriss’ book, Baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">4-Hour WorkweekBaseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">. Some might find the ideas in this book to be a bit absurd. For most of us, even reducing our work schedule to something like 30 hours or less is pretty extreme. Tim outlines a path to a lifestyle that, after reading further, certainly seems within reach for most people. That being said, it looks different for everyone. I went into this expecting to learn more about efficiency. I’m always on the hunt for ways to do more in less time. I’m thinking about this all wrong.


Baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">“Being busy is most often used as a guise for avoiding the few critically important but uncomfortable actions.” -Timothy Ferris, Baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">4-Hour Workweek


Baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">    Efficiency is important, but the focus should really be set on effectiveness first. Am I doing tasks that are going to push me closer to my end goal? What tasks do I focus on each day that don’t end up producing much benefit for me? Think about the 80/20 rule. Find the 20% of tasks that you do that produce the most for you. Cut as much as you can from the rest. I will always have tasks that I hate doing, but are vitally important. It’s not about that.


Baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">    A lot of us have work days that are pact full of non-stop movement. Are there tasks that you are regularly required to do that aren’t actually helping you towards your goals? What are your goals? What did you do today? Do your best to delegate or eliminate those other tasks if you have the ability. This may mean having a serious conversation with your employer, but it can certainly have a dramatic and positive outcome.


Baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">    We have a tendency to create busy work for ourselves. We value extreme effort because it in some way makes us better to work harder than the person next to us. Sure, it builds some character, but it doesn’t make you smart to continually complete useless tasks in a busy day when you could be acting on things that will actually improve you in the way that you want. Why waste your time?


Baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">    Work smart, not hard. Ask yourselves this week, what can you eliminate from your busy day? What if you only had 20 hours a week to do what you normally do in 40+? What would you cut first?



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