For those of you with your head in the sand, Tim Ferriss is a three times New York Times best-selling author and a one-time Wall Street Journal best-selling Author with the very popular books “The Four Hour Workweek”, “The Four Hour Body” and “The Four Hour Chef”. He has been listed as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People”, Forbes Magazine’s “Names You Need to Know,” and is the 7th “most powerful” personality on Newsweek’s Digital 100 Power Index for 2012. He is an angel investor/advisor of Uber, Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, and 20+ more.
He is well known for hacking the human body and productivity. Here is what he does and what he recommends to do every day to be more productive.
Achieve Productivity Efficiency in 8 steps:
1) Wake up at least one hour before you need to be behind a computer.
2) Make a cup of tea or coffee and sit down with a pen and paper.
3) Write down the 3-5 things (no more), which are making you most anxious or uncomfortable. Think of the stuff you put off, and as a guide, the most important will be the most uncomfortable for you.
Ask yourself: If this thing was the only thing done today, would I be satisfied with my day? And would knocking this off the list make all the other to do’s irrelevant or easier?
5) Now you have this list, look only at items that you say yes to in the above question.
6) Block out 2-3 hours of your day to focus on only ONE of them.
7) Block out another 2-3 hours to focus on another ONE of them.
8) Don’t freak out if you get side tracked, go back to the one thing and continue.
Important things to note:
- What you do is more important than how you do everything else.
- Doing something well does not make it important.
- Being busy is a form of laziness.
- Being busy is often used as a disguise to avoid important or undesirable things.
What to do when you feel like you’re losing:
Even the best feel like this sometimes. It is really important not to underestimate yourself, and also be sure not to overestimate the rest of the world. You are better than you think and you are not alone.
What do you do on a daily basis to GSD (Get Shit Done!)? Share with us in the comments below.