Some gems from Tim Ferriss in the podcast are of how "the not-to-do list is as important as the to-do list." And the "Twitterbound attention span of 20%". And "the sprint model as opposed to slow and steady model".
And, above all: "the world doesn't collapse if I don't check my emails fifteen times a day."
Most of Brian's resolutions resonated for me, and I'm adapting them for myself:
- delete all RSS feeds and evaluate each feed as it goes back in. Things I am unsure about, I'll put in a trial folder.
- Put "Reply to" stuff in a folder. Stuff to keep in "Archive" and delete the rest.
- Don't check emails in the morning as I'm turning on the shower and/or making tea.
- Unsubscribe from ten email discussion groups
- Switch off sound-based notification.
- Keep a micro list of 3 - 5 things each day. And do them. Quickly.
- Reset workflow hours ... decide which hours in the day are mine.
- Think three times about global work schedules... block off skype meetings during my dinner time or time-with-kids time.
- Don't answer emails on the weekend. One review per day on Sat/Sun.
- Convert as much as possible into a feed. Email goes dirctly to archive.
- Put new contacts immediately into address book so I never waste time looking up contact info.
- Make "no" the defualt answer for new projects. Let them earn their way into my attention field.