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Never Check E-Mail In the Morning by Julie Morgenstern
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This is a business/work oriented book that provides practical tips how to manage your time and work so you can enjoy it and life more. For anyone taking your average office worker career path, I think it's a valuable tool. If this isn't your situation, the relevance of the content may not be apparent at first, but there's something for everyone. We're all born into the rat race unfortunately, while this book is geared towards a certain type of rat, it can apply to all. Am I likening the human race to rats? Would people be offended by that because they hold the belief that they're superior to rats? Are we superior to rats? Does it matter? Do rats have superior numbers to humans and are thus superior in that sense? Will rats ever have an email to check so that they can not check it in the morning and get value from this book?

Ahem, it's a good book and you should read it!

I would recommend this book to to anyone seeking to improve their working life.

The main message I took from this book is something do with email, but it's not quite clear. It might be about when to check it or perhaps when not to check it...

Some notable points:
- Never check email in the morning.

- The book covers the following 9 competencies to achieve, I'll provide a brief summary of each:

. Embrace your work/life balance. Top performers are aggressively committed to their work/life balance and ensure that their time off is rewarding, refreshing and energising. Focus on physical health, escaping (as in gaining distance from your usual life, could be as much as a hike) and people (get social). Make a plan and stick to it, don't let work or colleagues push your plan back. Build in boundaries, your whole life will benefit from a good balance.

. Develop an entrepreneurial mindset. Be assertive, use the choices you have available to be more optimistic on the job. Develop these choices by building challenges at work into your resume, having a cushion of money to fall back on so that getting fired or quitting doesn't matter as much and develop yourself further. Develop your own vision and align it to your work, or align work to your vision. Find a role model, take on extra work, ask your boss what they want you to spend time on the most and build on your strengths rather than covering your weaknesses.

. Choose the most important tasks. Work as close to the revenue line of your organisation as you can. The revenue line is your organisation's key deliverables. What makes it money? What gets it done? To be valued and to fulfill the most important roles in your organisation, you've got to be as close as you can to what keeps the engine running. Capture what you need to do in one place, prioritise from the top down and get to work.

. Create the time to get things done. This is actually where the never checking your email in the morning thing comes in. Get into work, get the most important task completed and maybe the next. Then you can check your email. Pay attention to your natural energy cycles and work to its rhythm. Don't multitask, tasks are like dominoes. Put them in a line and knock the first one over, then the next, then the next and so on. Make time work for you through proper planning. The time you take to plan is recouped through efficiency and not wasting time when that plan is executed.

. Control the nibblers. Apply selective perfectionism to avoid sinking too much time into tasks. Productivity can stand still if we stress the details and put more work into a task than the task is worth. Think of what you're adding, where it's going, who your audience is and apply the appropriate level of perfectionism. Make meetings efficient and worthwhile. Frivolous meeting with no clear goals waste a lot of time. Determine who interrupts you the most, whether they're interrupting you for worthwhile reasons and take steps to stop them from interrupting you if it's not important. This can be done through specific catchphrases to move them on, rescheduling of just saying no.

. Organise at the speed of change. This is about developing organisational systems that improve efficiency. Like having your inbox sorted to in, out and working on or making sure that information is stored in one, easy to access location. Create systems for administrative processes for everyone to follow, if everyone's using the same map, you'll all end up in the same place with the right breadcrumbs so leave steps to complete these processes.

. Master delegation. Not everything is your burden to bear, pick the best person for the job, and it's not always you! Delegate one skill set a time and create a clear division of labour so everyone knows what they are responsible for. Flick the job back with constructive criticism if it wasn't done well. Build people up so you can delegate more and work more efficiently.

. Work well with others. This is basically just not being a jerk. Be the best you can be and in the workplace, that includes being accessible, reliable, adaptable, respectful, clear and fair.

. Leverage your value. You are an asset to your organisation, the more value you add, the more leverage you have. Be aware of this threshold, and don't push too far if you want to keep you job. Negotiate for change, ask questions and see what happens. You should be rewarded for your work, but be realistic with your perception of how much you're worth.
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