The Inefficiency Assassin: Time Management Tactics for Working Smarter, Not Longer
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However, to successfully implement the tactical over the long term, it’s important to understand the strategic — how the tactics fit into a long-term strategy — which is why I will share both strategic concepts and tactical tips with you.
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recommending how you should think — how your brain should operate — is telling you what to do. Just because it’s mental doesn’t mean it’s unimportant. In fact, it’s absolutely critical that you take more mental action than physical action.
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thinking is before acting
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The time you invest in reading this book is an investment in your career, your personal relationships, and your physical and mental well-being.
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payoffs
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Getting specific about the kind of life you want to have and the personal accomplishments you want to attain will help you to carefully guard your time.
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payoff
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You must be conscious, aware, intentional, present, cognizant — whichever term you prefer to use — regarding your decisions about how you use your time.
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use your brain
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between the conscious and subconscious parts of our brains, to having those thoughts reside fully in the conscious part, we become more aware and focused. That’s what happens when we write down our goals and view them daily. They’re no longer random thoughts that pop in and out of our minds. The
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wiring in our brains that helped us to capture these ideas helps us to turn those random thoughts into focused goals.
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If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else. — Laurence J. Peter
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People who have goals succeed because they know where they’re going. It’s as simple as that.
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help your brain to maintain clarity and make better decisions about how to use your time.
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payoff
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She needed to map out her plan of attack. She had to take her time in order to save time.
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have a plan
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“Being prepared as you
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can be, but willing to let it all go because it’s not working. To be fluid and to allow change, move around the obstacles.”
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fludity with a plan
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To reiterate (hint: I’m brainwashing you at this moment), we need to have structured systems, routines, and time blocks for completing work; yet we need to be able to adjust those systems, routines, and time blocks, and morph — move them around as needed — and still get everything done that we need to.
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summary
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Generating revenue should not come at a cost to your well-being. — Helene Segura
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At the end of each workday, choose the top three tasks you need to complete the following day. You’ll also want to choose the next three most important tasks you can work on. These are your 3+3. 1.    On your paper or digital calendar, schedule in your personal priorities for the next day. 2.    Have within your view your calendar for the upcoming week. 3.    While reviewing the project timelines you created in the previous chapter and looking at your next five to seven days of activities on your calendar, add in any tasks you must complete into open time blocks. 4.    Choose your 3+3 for the ...more
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3+3
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It’s really important that we focus on the present, that we be intentional with everything we do.
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time management / mind management,
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Schedule your high-value work tasks first — around your personal priorities — and spend at least 50 percent of your workday on them. There is time in the day to do what truly needs to get done.
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Lose no Time. Be always employ’d in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions. — Benjamin Franklin
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I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. — Stephen Covey
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Unload all your worries, projects, and to-do’s onto a sheet of paper or into your phone, tablet, or computer. Liberate your mind! You’ll want to do this on a daily basis, or at the very least at the end of the week. (But I reeeeeally encourage you to do it daily because this will clear out more space in your brain more often.)
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If you’re overscheduled and overwhelmed: •     Break your tasks into smaller pieces. •     Have mini-deadlines (or “completion dates” if you don’t like the word deadline) along the way for each of the pieces instead of one big one at the end. •     Stop adding to your calendar until further notice.
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Cortisol has been found to cause high blood pressure, degeneration of cognitive functions, and weight gain, among other maladies. When these chemicals are released on a regular basis, it can also lead to kidney failure.
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Does what is being offered to you support your work priorities? Does what is being offered to you get you one step closer to your business targets? Can the completion of what is being offered to you happen without your sacrificing your personal priorities and targets?
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The best way to predict the future is to invent it. — Alan Kay
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Generating revenue and/or making your boss happy should not come at a cost to your well-being.
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If doctors’ offices don’t handle emergencies, you probably don’t need to, either.
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If clients know ahead of time that you’ll acknowledge their issue within 24 hours, begin work on the issue within 72, and schedule a meeting within 7 to 10 days after that, they know up front what the expectations are, so they won’t hound you for a solution now.
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1.
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You apologize (if applicable). 2.    You state your goal in a way that benefits them. 3.    You state why it’s important in a way that benefits them. 4.    You ask for help. 5.    You give them choices on what to help with. Example: